Tracks

Tracks

Book - 2014
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NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

Robyn Davidson's opens the memoir of her perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company with the following words: "I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going back."

Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia's landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity.  Tracks  is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation. 
 
"An unforgettably powerful book."--Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild
 
Now with a new postscript by Robyn Davidson.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2014, c1980.
ISBN: 9781101872451
Characteristics: 270 p. :,map.

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LexiLou2
Oct 13, 2017

Reading this story encouraged me to get back to writing my own novel about my life experiences, because the narrative was real: there were digressions and sudden switches from humor to more intense moments - reading this novel was like catching up with a friend after months apart.

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mygirl1
Aug 06, 2016

Wonderful book, one of the best travel books I`ve read since Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson!

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cmfrakes
Jul 18, 2016

I read this after enjoying the movie on Netflix of the same name. Of course, books are always better! This woman was brutally honest and she told a great story. I loved the descriptions of her relationships with the camels and her dog.

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jannylegs
Jul 18, 2016

I love the rough and tumble spirit of this woman's story of her trek across the Outback, but was most charmed by the author's love and descriptions of her camels and her dog, Diggity.

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rmack43
May 05, 2016

This is a refreshingly honest description of the author’s feelings and emotions as events unfolded. Most of us would not (or could not) sacrifice as much as she did to achieve her goal which at one point seemed totally out of reach.
Its a story of determination and adaptation to change, if not acceptance of that change. While necessarily sad at times, it is a motivating journey that makes you want to question your stagnant routine and break-out to seek a more adventurous path to follow.

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JudithE
Nov 22, 2015

Fabulous, inspiring, honest, gripping, sad. I loved this book.

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wyenotgo
Aug 03, 2015

What a terrific read! It combines so many of the elements that I find so engaging: A personal adventure or life story; a journey of self-realization; unique insights gained by traveling to a place few have experienced (a travelogue with no tiresome "touristy" stuff).
And to cap it all off, some of the most hilarious accounts of situations and characters that I've encountered in a long time!
Gritty, honest, insightful, passonate. Highly recommended!

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kleokleopatra66
Jun 26, 2015

an amazing story of courage and perseverance. sometimes a bit too much emotional detail, but overall definately worth reading

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erinsnest
May 07, 2015

May 1, 2015, I had watched the movie in Nov, and had the book on my 'to read' list for some time.....all of a sudden, there is a whole bunch of holds on it, and I had to speed read it. This was an easy read though, and I enjoyed it even more than the movie. (well of course!) I hope to check out some more of Robyn Davidson's books in the future. She is different!

tracythelibrarian Jun 17, 2014

Recently adapted into a movie. The story of a woman who rode camels across the Australian outback in 1977. Originally published in 1980, you can tell this book was banged out on a typewriter but its rawness and imperfection mirrors the messy gutsiness of the journey.

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