Full Tilt

Full Tilt

eBook - 2011
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When Dervla Murphy was ten, she was given a bicycle and an atlas, and within days she was secretly planning a trip to India. At the age of thirty-one, in 1963, she finally set off and this book is based on the daily diary she kept while riding through Persia, Afghanistan and over the Himalayas to Pakistan and India. A lone woman on a bicycle (with a revolver in her trouser pocket) was an almost unknown occurrence and a focus of enormous interest wherever she went. Undaunted by snow in alarming quantities, and using her .25 pistol on starving wolves in Bulgaria and to scare lecherous Kurds in Persia, her resourcefulness and the blind eye she turned to personal danger and extreme discomfort were remarkable.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Eland Publishing, 2011.
ISBN: 9781906011727
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jan 04, 2017

One of the better adventure books I've read. The authors journal entries are published providing an authentic raw view into cycling across Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (albeit in the 1960s). Encouraging to read about the warm hospitality of people who are different than you. In this case, it is refreshing to read the experiences and interactions of a authentic vagabond (unlike the manufactured stories of someone like Bryson).

Mar 14, 2015

Would love if this was available as an e-book!

Nov 03, 2011

one of my favorite books in the last few years. opinionated, witty, adventurous, and a powerhouse of a young woman, this author tackles the mountains of central asia on a BICYCLE and has no prejudices in meeting people from the most foreign of lands. so much insight that is still remarkably relevant 50 yrs later. a MUST READ!

Jul 17, 2011

"Fult Tilt" is an engaging book penned by a born adventurer.

It glosses over a bit on some of the details I was curious about: the tour portion out of Ireland for instance.

Also, her preparations for such a formidable trip would have set the mood nicely.

Some of the travel arrangements (visas, border crossings, etc.) are downright quaint in contrast to today's rigid bureacracies. And on a historical level the book is icompelling (eg. as Murphy travels through 'the iron curtain,' and experiences an Afghanistan where the seeds of modern-day dischord are being sown).

It's a book to read for Murphy's humour and vivid, quick-witted writing style, not a book you'd read as a practical 'how-to' guide. A story that will inspire even the most intrepid cycle tourist.


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