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Dreaming of Jupiter: In Search of the World--Thirty Years On Paperback – April 22, 2008
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My only criticism is I wish he had put maps at the beginning of the chapters showing where he was at that point of his journey. This would have helped me to better understand and visualize the part of the world he was in.
While Jupiter's Travels was an amazing enchanted ride through a time now long gone..."Dreaming" is more of a slog through an over-crowded, disappointing, sense of the loss of youth and place. Everything has gone or changed for the worse. Damned depressing. Its an interesting book and I suppose you should read it if you are a fan of Simon or of motorcycles, but it has very little of its predecessor's magic qualities.
Simon is to be applauded for even attempting to recreate his epic circumnavigation at his tender old age. Unfortunately, Ted knows he is now a "commodity" and his prose reflect this knowledge. That, and his "Global Citizen" philosophizing, grew tiresome. This is not the young Ted Simon who left on a rainy London night in 1972 and returned almost 4 years later a changed man. Like Simon's second time around, I might have been better off not reading this sequel and living in the nostalgic glow of Jupiter's Travels.
This book seems more personable; Ted gets angry at border officials, frustrated by bad road congestion in cities, road works in Africa and South America, breaks a leg, yet still sees much of a positive nature in the world around us. I have been to many of the places Ted describes as an Afro/Asia overland tour leader, starting ten years later in the 1980's, and noted even then how some countries were changing even over a period of 6 months. Many of the roads in Africa were near impassable even in a 4wd truck let alone a motorbike and the queue at the Iranian/Turkish border hadn't changed since Ted was there in1977. Nairobery has got worse as have the roads. Lots of poor everywhere, I was shocked to see beggars in New York city.
I bought these books thinking of heading off again on some travels and perhaps by motorbike ( a really great way to experience the world and all its smells and sights and cultures) but think I might stick to 4 wheels after being reminded of the gear you need for long distance on a bike.
Travelling is definitely a bug, and once you have it is very hard to give up.
Totally agree with Ted that humans are a cancer on the planet and are somewhat overdue for extinction. But hey, until then, get out there and live life, because you are a long time dead, and no one gets out of here alive !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this almost as much as the first, but of course there can never be another first, so... Still well worth the read!Published 5 months ago by Dave Cooper
Arrived on time. Perfect condition. Love this author's style of writing.Published 5 months ago by Marc the Shark
Mr. Simon is a down to earth writer. He writes what he experiences and has a way of sharing his emotions through his writing. Read morePublished on June 10, 2014 by Brian Clay
Following in the dust of Ted Simon's trek across Africa in 1974/5 brings immense memories of my land rover trip to another world then and now forty years on. Read morePublished on May 8, 2014 by A Pringle