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Dervla Murphy (1931–2022)

Forfatter af Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle

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Omfatter også følgende navne: Dervla Murphy, Dervia Murphy, Dervla Merphy, Dervla Murphey

Værker af Dervla Murphy

Wheels Within Wheels (1979) 152 eksemplarer
In Ethiopia with a Mule (1968) 145 eksemplarer
Muddling through in Madagascar (1985) 112 eksemplarer
Through Siberia by Accident (2005) 102 eksemplarer
The Waiting Land: A Spell in Nepal (1967) 102 eksemplarer
Transylvania and Beyond (1993) 100 eksemplarer
Cameroon with Egbert (1989) 90 eksemplarer
Tibetan Foothold (1966) 81 eksemplarer

Associated Works

Paris og London på vrangen (1933) — Redaktør, nogle udgaver7,752 eksemplarer
Maiden Voyages: Writings of Women Travelers (1993) — Bidragyder — 189 eksemplarer
Forbidden Journey: From Peking to Kashmir (1937) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver170 eksemplarer
Her Fork in the Road: Women Celebrate Food and Travel (2001) — Bidragyder — 79 eksemplarer
Oxtravels: Meetings with Remarkable Travel Writers (2011) — Bidragyder — 57 eksemplarer
Extreme Earth (2003) — Bidragyder — 17 eksemplarer

Satte nøgleord på

Afghanistan (34) Afrika (104) Asien (33) autobiography/memoir (14) Balkans (14) bicycle (15) biografi (28) Cuba (15) cycling (103) erindringer (73) Ethiopia (37) eventyr (30) faglitteratur (180) historie (28) Indien (84) Irish (26) Irish literature (18) Irland (64) K1 (23) K2 (15) kvinder (21) Laos (19) læst (32) Madagascar (23) Nepal (26) Pakistan (42) Peru (23) rejse (636) Romania (16) Rusland (25) selvbiografi (31) Siberia (18) Skal læses (101) South Africa (18) Sydamerika (20) Tibet (19) travel literature (20) travel writing (62) travelogue (15) women travellers (20)

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The late great Irish travel writer Dervla Murphy travelled around Laos in late 1997 and early 1998, and produced one of her typically empathy-filled accounts of the country and its people, along with the difficulties of getting around on a bicycle. (The title of the book refers to the fact that she injured a foot quite early in the trip, which also hampered her mobility.) It becomes gradually clear that this is a society in deep trauma after the American bombed it to smithereens in an unreported sideshow to the Vietnam War. Murphy generally enjoys and learns from her interactions with the locals; other foreigners are a different matter (to her annoyance, she finds that a fellow passenger on a ferry boat has brought along a copy of one of her earlier books).

Murphy was anti-globalisation and anti-capitalist, and deeply hostile to western interventions in the developing world. That’s not quite where I am coming from, but I really appreciate her candid and unflinching commentary on the consequences, intended or unintended, of economic transition. But I must say that I appreciate even more her description of the glorious landscapes through which she travels, cycling along uncertain roads through the middle of the Laotian mountains. The one thing that the book lacks is a proper map; when I tried to identify some of the spots where she travelled, I was astonished at the distance she covered. I foolishly thought that crossing Bosnia on bombed-out roads in 1997 in our Belfast-bought Skoda was a bit of an adventure, but really there’s no comparison. It’s a fascinating read.
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nwhyte | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jan 7, 2024 |
Best book on Russians EVER!!!

Strongly recommend to anyone interested in Russia/Russians. I am Russian. And I am all ears when it comes to foreigners trying to explore and explain the essence of this enormous country and its controversial folk. That is why I try not to miss such kinds of books. Mostly what I fish out is just a crusade for confirmation of deep rooted stereotypes/myths or very shallow account a-la Marco Polo.

I must say this book is a precious exception. With surprising astuteness she slices open the notorious "Russian soul" and identifies motives underlying many Russian behavior modes, views, philosophy etc.

All during the journey to the most godforsaken (or government/Moscow forsaken) places.

I am impressed! Many of her conclusions really stroke me and find the whole account astonishingly trustworthy.

Of course exposing some unpleasant features of current (or ancestral) mindset and collective unconscious might hurt some purists or idealists, but isn't bitter truth better than sweet fables?

I strongly recommend the book to all my foreign friends and for you as well.
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Den85 | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jan 3, 2024 |
Slightly misleading title, she doesn’t spend much time in Transylvania because she keeps on getting invalided back to Blighty. When she does finally spend some time there, on a bike the following year (1991) it’s entertaining enough though as she fends off mad sheepdogs and gets tipsy on tuica before breakfast.

An interesting analysis of Romania immediately post-Ceaucescu but didn’t give me the wanderlust like a great travel book does.
yarb | 3 andre anmeldelser | Aug 2, 2023 |
One of the best first sentences ever: "On my tenth birthday a bicycle and an atlas coincided as presents and a few days later I decided to cycle to India."
k6gst | 13 andre anmeldelser | Jul 28, 2023 |



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