My first taste of Dervla Murphy, although I’ve looked at her travel books many times. I’m not sure I’ll be trying any others – I didn’t like the style or the subjective opinions in this record of her travels in the north of Pakistan over the winter of 1974/1975, taking her 6 year old daughter with her. That said, it was interesting to read about places visited on the Hindu Kush Adventure, and Skardu and environs which Rob, who lent me this book, has been exploring on his own (well, with a guide, jeep driver and cook!), and in particular details of the area’s transport/infrstructure, society and culture thirty years ago.
Amazon.co.uk link: Where the Indus Is Young: Walking to Baltistan – Dervla Murphy
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Murphy is indeed an intrepid traveller. Unfortunately her books are becoming increasingly marred by her political rantings. This woman has a lot of rage in her and would seem to be much happier if the third world were left in an undeveloped state with no electricity, cars or currency. Some deft editing of her books wouldn’t hurt either. Certainly not the top of the heap of travel writers, despite being so prolific.
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