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Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback (1980 original; edició 1995)

de Robyn Davidson (Autor)

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Now a major motion picture starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver'I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going back.' So begins Robyn Davidson's perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company.Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine 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. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation.WITH A NEW POSTSCRIPT BY THE AUTHOR AND A STUNNING COLOUR PICTURE SECTION… (més)
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Títol:Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback
Autors:Robyn Davidson (Autor)
Informació:Vintage (1995), 288 pages
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Tracks de Robyn Davidson (1980)

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Australia is a big country.

A very big country.

And a lot of it is hostile, unforgiving desert. So to set out to travel across half of the country from the centre to the sea, with a dog and four camels is a monumental achievement for Robyn Davidson. Not only is this a tough journey in a physical sense, from the relentless heat, the whole menagerie of nasty & poisonous creatures that exist there, fending off unwelcome advances of men, whilst travelling with the camels, a belligerent species at the best of times, takes a resilience and toughness that many men could not achieve.

And that is not the hardest thing she has to endure her apprenticeship with a camel trader, a particular unpleasant man makes for uncomfortable reading at the beginning of the book. She then moves to another who is far more helpful, and makes if possible for her to achieve the journey.

All the way through she endures constant battles with the animals, the environment and with the photographer, Rick Smolan, provided by National Geographic to record her journey. She spends time with an Aboriginal man called Eddie and understands his deep love and respect of the land that protects him and feeds him.

Along the way she reaches into the darker recess of her mind, and experiences the entire suite of raw emotions in her journey, and I think that this makes her as a woman too. The ending is an emotional roller coaster, as she realises her achievement, tries to avoid the press pack, far worse than any dingoes, and reaches the Indian Ocean.

Well worth reading, as this is a personal journey as well as a travelogue of a fascinating country. ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Robyn went to Alice Springs, worked for two years to afford three camels, then walked with them across the desert alone. What was she doing before that? Why did this seem like the best plan? What happened to her afterwards? We don't find out. I read this book after seeing the film and I liked both of them, but I'm glad I saw the film first or the book may not have been enough. ( )
  Pferdina | Sep 29, 2019 |
Full review at TheBibliophage.com.

Originally published in 1982, Robyn Davidson’s travel memoir, Tracks: One Woman’s Journey of 1,700 Miles Across the Australian Outback, is a unique picture of life in the bush. To call it a travel memoir doesn’t do it justice. It’s really an adventure story, with camels, a dog, lots of sand hills, and a variety of indigenous people.

When Davidson took this journey, Aboriginal Land rights had just been legislated. The world was afraid of nuclear bombs and the Cold War. Women were just finding their feminist voices. And the Outback was entirely different than it is today.

For that matter, so was Davidson. She was a young, idealistic, and somewhat naive woman. Having been raised on a cattle ranch as well as lived in cities, she envisioned a journey from Alice Springs to the Western coast of Australia. ( )
  TheBibliophage | Mar 20, 2018 |
This is in many ways a perfect travel book. It tells the story of a journey through space and also her own personal journey and she appears to do this openly and honestly. The scenery is the West Australian desert and she describes this gently and vividly. Being on her own with just three camels and a dog on this journey gives Robyn Davidson time to come to terms with herself. Much of the book is about the preparation for the trip and I liked the honesty in the ratio of preparation to journey that she gives us and how she feels about the planned trip, wondering if it will ever happen. She finds that starting just takes one step and it isn't accompanied by the big fanfare you might expect. Robyn Davidson teaches us to find joy in unexpected places, that planning is important but that having a goal is a good start and that even the most self-sufficient person needs good friends. A great read. ( )
  CarolKub | Dec 5, 2017 |
This is a well known account both in National Geographic and having been made a movie by the same name. It beautifully describes one womans experience sorting through indigenous customs and skills that had to be accuaried following her decision to make the trip. All she had was her stalwart decision to make the trip and a willingness to adapt to the needs of the quest. I simply loved her account.
  Allen.Simons | Dec 2, 2017 |
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Now a major motion picture starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver'I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going back.' So begins Robyn Davidson's perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company.Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine 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. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation.WITH A NEW POSTSCRIPT BY THE AUTHOR AND A STUNNING COLOUR PICTURE SECTION

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