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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467987395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467987394
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm one of those people who devour adventure books because vicariously I can be out there experiencing it too. In this book Alastair takes us on an internal journey as much as describing parts of his walk across India. It resonated with me deeply in parts, the need to be someone extraordinary, the desire to shed all physical possessions and just exist simply. I identify with the need to keep moving - I move every few years but I'm not as brave as Alastair. I also fell in love with India when I travelled there. It's one of those places I felt at home in so it was great to revisit some of those impressions through the eyes of such a seasoned traveller.

I find myself strangely jealous of the freedom to sleep under the stars, to walk towards the setting sun, to take each day anew. If you sometimes feel this way, you'll love this book. Highly recommended.
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Don't know where to even begin describing this novella after underling some 42 passages so how about the simple statement "Because every day on the road is new." From striking mixed metaphors like "This feels like a happy town, a happy morning, except, I guess, for the goat who is about to be butchered on the roadside", the humorous as example "I'm getting old and soft: the weight saving gained by cutting my toothbrush in half is now outweighed by its irritation factor" and deep, meaningful insights such as "the ageless river reminds me that my own time is fleeting" - I just have to say I loved the manner in which this story was told. Author admits at the end this is not so much a travel book, but "an attempt to articulate my fascination with the open road and the magnetism of the next horizon" and all I can say is he most assuredly succeeded and had me entranced as well.Great book for discovering "the intoxicating cocktail of wanderlust and the freedom to explore" and I moist definitely recommend!
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I ordered on a whim, "hmmm, travel. I'll read the Kindle version and maybe get a printed one for my wife for Christmas"

Within two pages the author's skill shined through and a paper copy was ordered as a present. I'm now off to read the rest and return here with a full review.

A few hours later ...

The promise of the first two pages was fulfilled through the ends.

Do not enter here for a description of India. There are glimpses of the country, but the focus lies elsewhere.

Do enter here for a meditation through the course of a composite day of a quest fulfilled through walking from coast to coast in India. Alastair somewhat impulsively decides to walk across India. He is familiar with extended physical challenge. Through his writing you can (re)experience meeting a challenge that may or may not be within your abilities.

The honest writing of There Are Other Rivers allows you to vicariously go on such a quest. It's time well spent.
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Being a global adventurer is one thing, but writing about the exploits is another skill altogether and I was intrigued to see if Alastair could do both. By the end of the first few pages a warm glow came over me as Alastair's walk across India drew me in. My only complaint is that I felt hungry for more, as it was more like a spicy starter with a vibrant side salad rather than a filling vindaloo. By downloading the book, I missed out on the photos which I think would compliment the story so I'm now investigating the "mappazine" which Alastair has created.
Did the book change me? Well this morning, before breakfast, I took a trip to the ocean and flung myself off the jetty into the ocean. Somehow, my fresh coffee and fried eggs tasted so much better afterwards. Armchair travellers beware-you may get itchy feet reading this.
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One of my favorite authors and one of my favorite adventurers, Alastair Humphreys has once again penned a story so strong in emotion that I was packing my kit to go out and find an adventure of my own even before I had finished the book. Following in the path of Moods of Future Joys and Thunder & Sunshine Alastair Humphreys’ walking journey across India allowed the reader to experience the sensations of the real India and its people. The walk ended too soon and I look forward to stories of his next adventure.
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Enjoyed this a lot. Appreciated your heads'up on your blog to say "What this book is not" as this was what urged me to buy this book. I hate these travel books that waffle on about what the person saw ("Tossers and Arseblowers" being a classic example). But you hit the nail on the head with the deep analysis about what pushes you to keep returning to these punishing adventures and the soul-seeking along the way. Especially enjoyed the comments about looking out of the airplane window on your honeymoon flight, comparing glass bottom boats to swimming with dolphins, mental flabbiness and many more.

Your comments ring true with a lot of my current life's toils of being back in the rat race. I suspect your swing-o-meter of pain vs. pleasure swings more to the left more than mine, but otherwise there's clearly a lot of travellers out there going through the same torment until they can get back on the trails.

Good luck with the South Pole. Bigged you up a bit on multicolouredplanet.
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