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Full Tilt

Ireland to India with a Bicycle

Murphy Dervla

Editeur - Casa editrice

John Murray 1965


Città - Town - Ville


Anno - Date de Parution


Pagine - Pages


Titolo originale

Full Tilt: From Dublin to Delhi with a Bicycle

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Recensione in altra lingua (English):

On her tenth Birthday Dervla Murphy was given a bicycle and an atlas. A few days later she decided to cycle to India. Twenty years later she set off from Dunkirk towards Delhi. The epic journey took her through Europe, Persia, Afghanistan, over the Himalayas to Pakistan and into India. Written as a travel journal, Murphy chose not to edit it for publication and this adds to its immediacy and spontaneity.

Originally published in 1965, it is the diary of her bicycle trek from Dunkirk, across Europe, through Iran and Afghanistan, over the Himalayas to Pakistan and India. Murphy's immediate rapport with the people she alights among is vibrant and appealing and makes her travelogue unique. Venturing aloneaccompanied only by her bicycle, which she dubs Rozthe indomitable Murphy not only survives daunting physical rigors but gleans considerable enjoyment in getting to know peoples who were then even more remote than they are now.

From Library Journal
This book recounts a trip, taken mostly on bicycle, by a gritty Irishwoman in 1963. Her route was through Yugoslavia, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and ended in New Delhi. She carried a pistol, got sunstroke, and suffered the usual stomach disorders. She endured bad accommodations but reaped much local hospitality, too, including a dinner with the Pakistani president. Most of the book concerns the high mountain country of Afghanistan and Pakistan. First published in England in 1965, the book is neither current, nor quite old enough to be of much historical interest. Nonetheless, it is a spirited account, suitable for larger public library collections. Unfortunately, it lacks illustrations, and the two maps included give us little idea of the remote areas she visited.

Recensione in lingua italiana

In antipo sui tempi e sulle mode Dervla Murphy parte da Dunkirk nella natia Irlanda e passando per l'Italia e la allora Yugoslavia, prosegue attraverso il Medio Oriente e l'India. Qui si unisce a gli esuli tibetani lavorando nei campi profughi. Un'avventura che fa di questo libro uno dei più importanti diari di viaggio del 20° secolo. Ma l'avventura continuerà in tutti i continenti. Un altro libro di Murphy mi lega ai ricordi pakistani "Where Indus is young". Tutti da leggere.
In Italia è stata tradotto solo "In Etiopia con un mulo"


Murphy Dervla

Dervla Murphy was born in Co. Waterford, Ireland, of Dublin parents and still lives there. Since 1964 she has been regularly publishing descriptions of her journeys – by bicycle or on foot – in the remoter areas of four continents. She has also written about the problems of Northern Ireland, the hazards of the nuclear power industry and race relations in Britain. The Times Literary Supplement called her 'an admirable woman - she has a romantic soul and a keen eye'.
Her published works include:
Full Tilt. Ireland to India with a Bicycle (John Murray 1965);
Tibetan Foothold (John Murray, 1966);
The Waiting Land: A Spell in Nepal (London, John Murray/New York, Trans Atlantic Arts, 1967);
In Ethiopia with a Mule (John Murray, 1968);
On a Shoestring to Coorg: an experience of Southern India (John Murray; 1976);
Where the Indus Is Young: A Winter in Baltistan (London, John Murray, 1977);
A Place Apart (John Murray, 1978);
Wheels Within Wheels (Autobiography, John Murray, 1979/Wheels Within Wheels:
Unraveling an Irish Past, New Haven, Ticknor & Fields, 1980);
Eight Feet in the Andes (John Murray, 1983);
Changing the Problem: Post-Forum Reflections (pamphlet, Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 1984); Muddling Through in Madagascar (John Murray, 1985);
Cameroon with Egbert (John Murray, 1989);
Transylvania and Beyond (John Murray/Woodstock, New York, Overlook Press, 1992);
The Ukimwi Road. From Kenya to Zimbabwe (John Murray, 1993);
South from the Limpopo: Travels Through South Africa (John Murray, 1997);
Visiting Rwanda (Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 1998); One Foot in Laos (John Murray, 1999);
Through the Embers of Chaos: Balkan Journeys (John Murray, 2003).

When she isn't travelling, she lives in Lismore.

Consulta anche: Sito ufficiale di Devla Murphy