- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Overlook Books; Reprint edition (3 April 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879512482
- ISBN-13: 978-0879512484
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.6 x 1.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle Paperback – Import, 3 Apr 1987
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Her account of Afghanistan was the most fascinating part of the book for me, and her delight in these people was lovely to read. I would have preferred better maps, those provided are unsatisfactory and I thought somewhat vague. Dervla was very brave, respectful, curious, but somewhat naive and even foolhardy at times; cycling over one mountain range she could have died of hunger because it was totally uninhabited and she was unable to get food or shelter. Of course, she didn't cycle ALL the way to India, she got rides along the way. The thing that would strike a reader today, is her casual smoking, and exchange of cigarettes for the hospitality so generously given along the way as people refused to take her money. We must remember her experiences back then, in the 1940's could not be duplicated today because of the increase in guns, drugs other dangers. For that reason, if no other, this is a very interesting book, by a most brave and courageous woman.
Say her on a BBC hard talk i think, and went immediately to search her books.
Having traveled all through the same route by road/landrover early 70's ( but the other way around - India to Europe) it certainly brings back memories, and while I can imagine some people doubting the description, it was no doubt like that 10 years before we went through.
How sad that so much conflict has harmed these wonderful people.