One of the better adventure books I've read. The authors journal entries are published providing an authentic raw view into cycling across Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (albeit in the 1960s). Encouraging to read about the warm hospitality of people who are different than you. In this case, it is refreshing to read the experiences and interactions of a authentic vagabond (unlike the manufactured stories of someone like Bryson).
Would love if this was available as an e-book!
one of my favorite books in the last few years. opinionated, witty, adventurous, and a powerhouse of a young woman, this author tackles the mountains of central asia on a BICYCLE and has no prejudices in meeting people from the most foreign of lands. so much insight that is still remarkably relevant 50 yrs later. a MUST READ!
"Fult Tilt" is an engaging book penned by a born adventurer.
It glosses over a bit on some of the details I was curious about: the tour portion out of Ireland for instance.
Also, her preparations for such a formidable trip would have set the mood nicely.
Some of the travel arrangements (visas, border crossings, etc.) are downright quaint in contrast to today's rigid bureacracies. And on a historical level the book is icompelling (eg. as Murphy travels through 'the iron curtain,' and experiences an Afghanistan where the seeds of modern-day dischord are being sown).
It's a book to read for Murphy's humour and vivid, quick-witted writing style, not a book you'd read as a practical 'how-to' guide. A story that will inspire even the most intrepid cycle tourist.
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