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Posted August 28, 2002
This is an insanely captivating account of a 1963 solo journey across Europe, Persia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Dervla travels through a world of wonders and conveys the joy as she marvels at the natural beauty of the land, the human accomplishments and foolishness, curious cultures and even her own incredible hardships (alternately frost-bite, dehydration and heat stroke)! I'm slowly savoring the last 20 pages... This is the kind of book to carry around to challenge people to open to ANY page to read a pargraph at random - every one is compelling.
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Posted January 25, 2013
I read this book more than four decades ago. I was enthralled with it. It was the first travel book I had ever read. It must have been about the winter of 1970 that I was offered an assignment to be a volunteer for the American Peace Corps stationed in Afghanistan. Knowing nothing about Afghan culture I needed to do research on the area before I could decide whether or not to accept the assignment offer. I loved the book ; Iparticularly loved the author's story of adventure. Murphy's book did inspire me to work in Afghanistan. For two full years. So much that the author revealed about life in central asia was accurate, absolutely dead on. I first found the book in a small library in Xenia, Ohio. I am delighted to find that I can now store a copy and read it from my new Nook HD tablet. Ms Murphy was then, and apparently still is, a brave adventurer taking great risks and enduring great hardships. You are in store for a good read. Buy it.
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