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Dreaming of Jupiter

4.2 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0349119601
ISBN-10: 0349119600
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Gloriously luminescent, but always self-deprecating. Simon's physical powers are diminishing, but his writing just gets better. The wonderful portraits of the people he encounters, often redolent of Bruce Chatwin, are sometimes so enticing that, were this a movie, you'd swear they were a plant for later on OBSERVER This book has barely left my side in the past few days. It is, by turns, sad, funny and immensely uplifting TELEGRAPH A trip of dreams - and Ted Simon has done it twice ... a terrific read RTE GUIDE He was on the road for three years, and his new book, Dreaming of Jupiter, is a compelling account of the adventures en route, including breaking a leg in the middle of a vast plain in Ethiopia; a reunion with a camel rider he'd met 25 years before in Eg SAGA MAGAZINE

About the Author

Ted Simon was raised in London, studied chemical engineering but went to Paris where he fell into journalism. He has ridden twice around the world on a motorcycle, and published five books on travel and other matters. He now lives in northern California. He has one son.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus (April 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349119600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349119601
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ted Simon is one of the people I blame for having left my home country (Germany) to look around the world, which then resulted in not going back to Germany but taking a job with an international organization, moving across the world, settling in an African country and call it home after finding my wife and starting a family.
I have to thank him for that....

I always yearned to pick one of my bikes and follow his example, even if only limited to travelling up and down the African continent.
It was fun reading his newest account of his travels in which he confirms my suspicion that the hustle at the borders, fight for visa, trouble with corrupt officials and dangerous traffic somewhat took the fun out of the travelling by road.
Maybe I have to thank him for this easy excuse, too..

I was somewhat surprised reading that Ted was not smarter when dealing with some of the officials in some of the 'unfinished countries' especially when he is chasing a schedule that involves meeting with film crews flying in from abroad. I think he would be smarter than 'p....ng off officialdom and then worry about not making the deadlines. Probably a sign that one turns grumpy when turning old.
Probably another excuse I can use...

After all, the new book is an interesting read, not much of an advice for travelers, but a confirmation for those of us who believe that we, the human race, are slowly but surely killing the planet. Since he has a first hand comparison between then and now, it is sad to see my own observations confirmed and not only for Africa.
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If you like motorcycles and adventure touring - or you're an arm-chair adventurer like myself, you should enjoy this book. A follow-up to Simon's original 'Jupiter's Travels', it follows some of the same routes and uses a similar format as the original book. What's missing is the naivete, and unassuming character that Ted represented in his first book. This time out, we have a more worldly and experienced Ted who is continually comparing this trip with the conditions he experienced on that initial trip. Also, to be honest, this is less about motorcycles than it is about a personal journey with the motorcycle just representing a simple mode of transportation that occasionally represents some logistical problems. More intriguing is the different cultures and people that Ted meets along the way. All-in-all a good read and a worthy successor to the first book.
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Much better than the the documentary film. In this book Ted Simon is at his most self revealing. A sensitive look at his own reality at 70. He doesn't just live his life, he savors it. I've followed his journeys with great interest and have enjoyed the maturation of his writing and his own coming to grips with his age as he lays out yet another even more adventurous journey. It is not only the journal of his 2d RTW journey, it is a journal of his own continuous self-discovery at 70 that makes this book so enjoyable. As a biker, I appreciate the details of the adventure he shares. As a man of 65, I feel he faces the struggle of balancing his zest for life with the inevitability of aging, head-on. Ted is self effacing, quite humourous, and brutally honest.... I raise a glass to him.
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I'd you enjoyed Ted's accounts of his first trip around the world (Jupiter's Travels), then you can't miss this journey to revisit it. Full of emotion, insights, and great stories of humanity, it's a worthy read. Thank you, Ted.
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I read Ted's first book and found it very profound. It made me think and be introspective about life, relationships and people. You can tell he struggled to write this book. There isn't the detail in descriptions of both people and places and no real cohesive theme or story to hold it together.

While it's no surprise that all the places he'd remembered were vastly different it's a sad reminder that time passes and things change. To hold onto memories is to cherish them, but you need to grasp the now and make memories from what we have today.
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It was nice to see to contrast in the world between 1974 and 2000- 01 , and if that trip was to happen now imagine the change. There was also the aspect of a 70 y/o man completing what is with out a doubt an epic journey. I would love to see the video footage that was shot , even though it was staged I think it would be a great way to flesh out the book experience as there were no photos in this installment for reference.
In closing this is a must read for any one who was transported by Jupiter travels
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I loved Ted's original travel book and was greatly looking forward to this one. I found this book a hard read. It seemed more about his personal gripe on the changing world and less about the places he was seeing and experiencing.
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I enjoyed Jupiter's Travels more than this but it's a good read never-the-less. I was interested in how a 69 year old could handle a trip like this and he gives only a little insight into this. Mostly he dwells on the changes that have taken place in stops he made 20 years ago.
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