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High Road To Tibet Paperback – December 18, 2009
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If you really want to find out about Asia, this book is a must buy for you. --Bibi Baskin, Television and Radio Presenter
It takes a very good travel book to make a Corkonian want to leave his hometown - but one such book is High Road To Tibet. --Ronan Leonard, Evening Echo
From the Author
Before I was old enough to journey to those places myself, I satisfied my wanderlust by reading about the travels of others. I cycled the rocky roads of Asia with Dervla Murphy in Full Tilt, experienced the magic of old Tibet with Heinrich Harrer in Seven Years in Tibet, and explored the newly opened China by train with Paul Theroux in Riding the Iron Rooster.
During my travels through China, Tibet, Nepal and India, I finally discovered what it was like to gaze on the majestic peaks on the Himalayas - it was absolutely fantastic. Please join me in High Road To Tibet as my childhood dreams become a reality.
More About the Author
Before I was old enough to travel to these places myself, I satisfied my wanderlust by reading about the travels of others. I rode the rocky roads of Asia by bicycle with Dervla Murphy in Full Tilt, experienced the magic of old Tibet with Heinrich Harrer in Seven Years in Tibet, and explored the newly opened China by train with Paul Theroux in Riding the Iron Rooster.
I have since kept those promises I made to myself as a child and my travels have brought me all over to world. I finally discovered what it was like to stand on Table Mountain with Cape Town spread out far below me - it was fantastic.
"High Road to Tibet" is my first travel book and describes my overland adventures through China, Tibet, Nepal and India.
Top Customer Reviews
A cracking read which has me looking out the window thinking about my own next adventure.
And what possessed him to take that appalling bus trip into Tibet, just to escape paying the permit fee - I expect there was no saving given he was fleeced by the agent and bus driver on the fare for his illegal entry. So much time wasted, and surely time is a highly precious commodity on a journey such as this - no-one should be tempted to follow his example.
We hear much of meals and big nights out - but the wonders of the landscape and descriptions of place on the journey to Everest base camp are lost in nonsense about iPods and soundtracks for the roadtrip. No sense of awesome in all this. The description of the trek into the Annapurna sanctuary is better, you feel the stress and sense the beauty - the real highlight of this book.
It was surprising to read that John's Asian adventure took place over 10 weeks - where did the time go - there must have been more to the trip that's missing from the book. John refers to his reading up on places when he arrives - perhaps that's where the problem lies, not enough planning, too many opportunities missed.
The book lacks the sense of wonder and joy of a new traveller and misses the depth of a seasoned traveller. All up, a disappointing read - not much new here. At best, the book highlights the virtues of local transport - presenting it as do-able and a rich experience where you can savour both the journey and the destination.
Finally, very disappointing that the Kindle version does not include the map or photos that are included in the Look Inside preview.
The One Eyed Turtle.
He exchanges well with people he meets in China, Nepal, Tibet and finally India. For three months he travels with a ``Must do'' list. He scores most but sometimes only just. His last wish was to see the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, was almost foiled by fog. It cleared to the delight of a photographer companion whose wish was to capture the famous Mausoleum with a camel. The experience contrasts markedly with seeing the outdoor cremations on the banks of the Ganges. Earlier on he exceeded his wish list when he meets a delightful woman in Lhasa he would later marry. (What a romantic place to meet one's partner. I hope he tells us more of that story) He visits the infamous Tienanmen Square where demonstrators were brutally mowed down in 1989. More enlightening was experiencing the famous Terracotta Soldiers - the broken army. He experiences some horrendously uncomfortable bus journeys which are compensated by the Himalayan destinations - even Mount Everest. Seeing the majestic giant among its regal siblings is something he will never forget. Later he joins a group hiking in the Annaopurnas in central Nepal. I enjoyed reading about his choice of accommodation, the food, and what he and his companions would drink when relaxing during an evening. Occasionally he is enjoying wonderful alpine regions sadly close to conflict and pending civil war. He is harassed by souvenir venders, those selling hash, beggars and even zealous rickshaw operators.
Dwyer enjoys a variety of cultures and religions he encounters and writes about them with a consistent sensitivity. For a couple of weeks this has been my bedtime reading. It is a challenge to find a replacement as absorbing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, having myself, in 2009 at age 66, traveled to several locations that John visited.. He was TOO kind about the road side potty stops, however. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patricia Holmes
IT WAS INSIGHTFUL ABOUT THAT PART OF THE WORLD, A LITTLE SLOW, IT MADE ME FEEL THAT I WOULD NEVER DO WHAT HE DID , TOO MANY MORE INTERESTING PLACES TO GO, CAN'T IMAGINE SPENDING... Read morePublished 6 months ago by MARY ANN MYERS
Interesting read, Enjoy chinese culture,Hopeing to visit china sometime,Informative.A visit to Tibet thru John Dwyers eye. GoodPublished 9 months ago by Paul Troyer
We are going to Tibet in April. This book did bring us up to date on what to expect on our trip. We are packing extra toilet tissue, hsndi wipes, etc.Published 10 months ago by orlando spero
Heinrich Harrer was a German mountaineer and was climbing in the Himalayas at the outbreak of WW2 and was placed in an internment -camp by the British in India. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robin Webster
I bought this book because of the title as I have recently been to the area. I had to come back to Amazon to check what I suspected after reading a few pages: this is a self... Read morePublished 14 months ago by lola
Interesting journal view of a place of the world I am keen to explore. Always fun to read about actual experiences and not just plan facts about places.Published 16 months ago by Liz