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"A high-spirited, comic ramble into the savage Outback populated by irreverent, beer-guzzling frontiersmen." --Chicago Tribune
"A fascinating insight into what we're all about on the highways and byways along the outback track." --The Telegraph (Sydney)
Swept off to live in Sydney by his Australian bride, American writer Tony Horwitz longs to explore the exotic reaches of his adopted land. So one day, armed only with a backpack and fantasies of the open road, he hitchhikes off into the awesome emptiness of Australia's outback.
What follows is a hilarious, hair-raising ride into the hot red center of a continent so desolate that civilization dwindles to a gas pump and a pub. While the outback's terrain is inhospitable, its scattered inhabitants are anything but. Horwitz entrusts himself to Aborigines, opal diggers, jackeroos, card sharks, and sunstruck wanderers who measure distance in the number of beers consumed en route. Along the way, Horwitz discovers that the outback is as treacherous as it is colorful. Bug-bitten, sunblasted, dust-choked, and bloodied by a near-fatal accident, Horwitz endures seven thousand miles of the world's most forbidding real estate, and some very bizarre personal encounters, as he winds his way to Queensland, Alice Springs, Perth, Darwin--and a hundred bush pubs in between.
Horwitz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of two national bestsellers, Confederates in the Attic and Baghdad Without a Map, is the ideal tour guide for anyone who has ever dreamed of a genuine Australian adventure.
"Lively, fast-paced and amusing . . . a consistently interesting and entertaining account." --Kirkus Reviews
"Ironical, perceptive and subtle . . . will have readers getting out their maps and itching to follow Horwitz's tracks. . . . The internal journey is his finest achievement; he allows the reader into his heart, to go travelling with him there, sharing his adventures of the spirit." --Sunday Times (London)
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Series:||Vintage Departures Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.51(d)|
About the Author
Date of Birth:1958
Place of Birth:Washington, D.C.
Education:B.A., Brown University; M.A., Columbia University School of Journalism
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful, insightful travelogue through Australia. Well worth reading.
I have really loved his other work, but this was just not up to the standard of his other work.
Early on the story captivated me but then shortly after the car crash, the language became foul and very offensive. Perhaps that is how a writer writes when beer becomes a substitute for common sense. I gave it two stars only for the first portion of the book but the second half of the book left nothing for me but pity for the author who intentionally stooped to the lowest level. I took one star away because of the second half. I've never felt the desire to ask for my money back after reading this trash. Don't waste your money on this trash. I now no longer have a desire to read any of this authors books.