One Woman's Journey Across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outback
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The incredible true story of one woman’s solo adventure across the Australian outback, accompanied by her faithful dog and four unpredictable camels
For Robyn Davidson, one of these moments comes at age twenty-seven in Alice Springs, a dodgy town at the frontier of the vast Australian desert. Davidson is intent on walking the 1,700 miles of desolate landscape between Alice Springs and the Indian Ocean, a personal pilgrimage with her dog—and four camels. Tracks is the beautifully written, compelling true story of the author’s journey and the love/hate relationships she develops along the way: with the Red Centre of Australia; with aboriginal culture; with a handsome photographer; and especially with her lovable and cranky camels, Bub, Dookie, Goliath, and Zeleika.
Adapted into a critically acclaimed film starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, Tracks is an unforgettable story that proves that anything is possible. Perfect for fans of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.
“This will rank among the best of the books of exploration and travel.” —Doris Lessing
“Vivid and vivacious . . . Davidson is as natural a writer as she is an adventurer.” —The New Yorker
“Every bit as witty as her camels—and a first-rate writer besides.” —Newsweek
“What continues to resonate with readers is Robyn Davidson’s honest introspection throughout the journey. It prompts the reader to ask herself, ‘Would I do this?’ and ‘Could I do this?’” —A Traveler’s Library
“The integrity of this articulate and impassioned account is evident in the fact that Robyn Davidson does not find glib solutions to inner or outer conflicts. Like her camel companions, she seems temperamental, insatiable, and slightly crazy, but also determined, direct, vulnerable, and splendid.” —500 Great Books by Women
Robyn Davidson was born on a cattle property in Queensland, Australia. She went to Sydney in the late sixties, then spent time studying in Brisbane before moving to Alice Springs, where the events of this book begin. Since then, she has traveled extensively, living in London, New York, and India. In the early 1990s, she migrated with and wrote about nomads in northwestern India. She is now based in Melbourne, but spends several months a year in the Indian Himalayas.
The process that is the journey
Having read many books written by adventurous women and men setting out to fulfill a dream of theirs, the best of them include physical challenges, taking personal risks, adapting to unexpected circumstances, learning new skills and opening one's mind and heart to understand the gifts of the journey as they are presented, whether the adventurer is ready or not. This book certainly belongs among them. The author/adventurer captures her experiences, even the most ephemeral, in words that allow the reader to share in them. Her love and respect for the animals she travels with, and her ability to be observant of them and honest with herself, make this book a treat for animal lovers, with information on camels and a perspective on camel/human interaction which is hard to come by. The book also reminds you that the preparation for the journey is an integral part of the journey, and may in fact make that journey seem anticlimactic. It's a wonderful story, and well worth reading!