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Jupiters Travels: Four Years Around the World on a Triumph Paperback – March 22, 2005
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Vivid description of driving under conditions that were often ferocious. (NY Times)
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The best motorcycle travel book ever written. (Motorcycle Sport)
By all means TAKE THE PLUNGE. (Rider Magazine)
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I have to admit that it's truly a travel book. ZMM by Pirsig is much more of a philosophy than a book about travel. Simon instead takes you through Africa and the Atbara desert, roads that had channels cut through them deep enough that he had to keep his legs up near the handle bars, various bribes at numerous country borders, and tea stops along the way for rest. He also intrigues you with a prison escapade in Brasil and a fever in India as well as waiting for rivers to drop in Austrailia while drinking stubbies and eating steaks with truckies at a local outback cafe.
My negative comments are relatively simple: 1) No hard description of what he's up to in the beginning, just jumps right in, and all of a sudden you're in Africa. 2) A great lack of description of most of the mileage (runs from place to place sometimes). Perhaps this is a given for such a long trip. [Please don't be deterred by this... he's very descriptive for most of the journey.] 3) Lack of a map showing the whole trip. [Small maps are given in each "Chapter"- if the chapters could be called that.]
Writing style compared to Pirsig is very different and much less refined, but in a way this also allows us to go along with Simon on his great adventure. The writing and the road-miles seem to roll together. And in this way I think it's true to form. I have to admit that it was a great book even with the minor faults above. And as far as the god-talk previously mentioned, it's easy to forgive someone who can recall his experiences, in most of the major countries on the globe, first hand a slight misplaced grandiosity. :^) Especially with how much he's been through by the end.
From one rider to the other, my hat's off to Simon.
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Great story, well written. A glimpse of the world in the 70's.Published 1 month ago by Bruce W. Rinschler
One of the best books I've ever read.
What a great writer Mr. Simon is!
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This is a wonderful account of a wonderful journey. Feeds the spirit. Read itPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed very much this story of four years of traveling around the world. If you are a motorcycle rider I think you will like it.Published 2 months ago by JR
Great read. Love the minimalist and carefree travel. Now, I cannot get away from a computer controlled fuel injection ABS brakes bike. Reliable but if it breaks, I am toast. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like travel books and this, I think is a classic. It did not disappoint me.Published 3 months ago by George Seely