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Journey to the Jade Sea Paperback – September, 1982

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Academy Chicago Pub (September 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586081402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586081402
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,265,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Of the three books John Hillaby wrote about his walking adventures which I’ve seen, this title was the first to be published, in 1964, but was the third of the three books that I read, the other two being “Journey Through Britain” followed by “A Walk Through Europe.”

In contrast to his other two titles, “Journey To The Jade Sea” was a bit of a letdown. His later writing clearly demonstrates that as a long-distance hiker he was both mentally and physically well prepared to be in the field, and had a thorough grasp of potential hazards. But in this story, more than once, he alludes to a lack of preparation and openly trusts the entire enterprise to blind luck for seemingly extended stretches of time. The reader suspects that he may have secretly undertaken the journey on a whim. But luckily for the author, the men he hired to accompany him, none of whom spoke his native tongue, all turn out to be trustworthy.

Despite my harsh sounding judgement, there is no question in my mind that for fans of John Hillaby’s writing the story remains an interesting read, as I found it to be.
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