Book - 2014 | Vintage departures edition 2014
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When Robyn Davidson first set out to make her journey across the deserts of Australia, alone but for her dog and four camels, she was called a lunatic, a would-be suicide, and a shameless publicity seeker. But this high-spirited, engrossing book reveals that she is something more: a genuine traveler driven by a love of Australia's landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House LLC, 2014
Edition: Vintage departures edition 2014
ISBN: 9781101872451
Branch Call Number: 919.4046 DAVIDSON
Characteristics: 270 pages : 1 map ; 21 cm


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Apr 17, 2018

I read this book30-some years ago and recommended it to everyone I knew.
I still do - one of the most engrossing books I have read. Too bad this adventure may no longer be possible!

Oct 13, 2017

Reading this story encouraged me to get back to writing my own novel about my life experiences, because the narrative was real: there were digressions and sudden switches from humor to more intense moments - reading this novel was like catching up with a friend after months apart.

Aug 06, 2016

Wonderful book, one of the best travel books I`ve read since Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson!

Jul 18, 2016

I read this after enjoying the movie on Netflix of the same name. Of course, books are always better! This woman was brutally honest and she told a great story. I loved the descriptions of her relationships with the camels and her dog.

Jul 18, 2016

I love the rough and tumble spirit of this woman's story of her trek across the Outback, but was most charmed by the author's love and descriptions of her camels and her dog, Diggity.

May 05, 2016

This is a refreshingly honest description of the author’s feelings and emotions as events unfolded. Most of us would not (or could not) sacrifice as much as she did to achieve her goal which at one point seemed totally out of reach.
Its a story of determination and adaptation to change, if not acceptance of that change. While necessarily sad at times, it is a motivating journey that makes you want to question your stagnant routine and break-out to seek a more adventurous path to follow.

Nov 22, 2015

Fabulous, inspiring, honest, gripping, sad. I loved this book.

Aug 03, 2015

What a terrific read! It combines so many of the elements that I find so engaging: A personal adventure or life story; a journey of self-realization; unique insights gained by traveling to a place few have experienced (a travelogue with no tiresome "touristy" stuff).
And to cap it all off, some of the most hilarious accounts of situations and characters that I've encountered in a long time!
Gritty, honest, insightful, passonate. Highly recommended!

Jun 26, 2015

an amazing story of courage and perseverance. sometimes a bit too much emotional detail, but overall definately worth reading

May 07, 2015

May 1, 2015, I had watched the movie in Nov, and had the book on my 'to read' list for some time.....all of a sudden, there is a whole bunch of holds on it, and I had to speed read it. This was an easy read though, and I enjoyed it even more than the movie. (well of course!) I hope to check out some more of Robyn Davidson's books in the future. She is different!

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