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Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy
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Mar 31, 2012

it was amazing
Recommended for: Deborah Reuben, Owlbite
Read from April 29 to May 06, 2012

Here is a witty and good-natured journal of a pretty amazing woman's bicycling trip from Europe through Afghanistan and Pakistan (among other places). The trip's made in 1963, so there is a good slice of interesting Cold War history in the background -- but she squarely places the people and the landscapes firmly in the foreground. It's a bit unsettling to realize how little has changed in 50 years for these places that are now so important to the West once again -- and in other ways, how much.

I'll wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone, even if they're not much for travelogues. I found it especially enjoyable to follow Ms. Murphy along her trip using Google Maps -- it gave a real sense of the route and the astonishing terrain we read so much about and (mostly) know so little of.

Also: if you're interesting in goats, there are many loving descriptions of goats, both big and small. You know who you are.

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message 1: by Karen (new)

Karen sounds interesting! also: GOATS!

message 2: by Deborah (new) - added it

Deborah Goats lol

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