From Alice to Ocean; Alone across the Outback

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In April 1977, Robyn Davidson set out with four camels and a dog to cross the deserts of Western Australia--1700 miles from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. Her sponsor, National Geographic , arranged for photographer Rick Smolan to meet her at various locations along the way. Davidson's riveting account of her journey, Tracks, won awards and became a bestseller. Here, Smolan presents his color photographs alongside excerpts from Tracks. It is a rewarding combination that dramatizes the hardships Davidson encountered and the stark beauty of a hostile landscape. Smolen, creator of the Day in the Life series, photographed tourists, aborigines, scenery and Davidson with her animals--riding, resting, playing. His images make a great adventure even more memorable. (Nov.)
Library Journal
This book, excerpted from Davidson's popular Tracks ( LJ 2/15/81), is the narrative of her trek by camel across half of Australia. The story is fascinating and well written, but readers seeking a more complete treatment will have to turn to the original book. What this book offers are lavish photographs. Smolan, a former photographer for Life , did not accompany Davidson on her journey but dropped in at a few prearranged locations. The book is accompanied by two CDs, one primarily audio and the other a photo CD. Unfortunately, the discs are attached to the book by sticky tape and will likely be liberated before long. Still, much is made of the complex technology to produce the book, and the result is a marvelous collection of photographs.-- George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780201632163
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 9/15/1992
  • Pages: 223

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