- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (May 30, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679762876
- ISBN-13: 978-0679762874
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.6 x 7.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (541 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback Paperback – May 30, 1995
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Why does Robyn Davidson walk 1,700 miles across the Australian desert accompanied by four camels? Tracks is a quintessential adventure, yet the adventurer's relationship to her own quest is ambivalent and nuanced. She never directly explains her motivations, but it's clear that she's been driven to the starkness and isolation of the desert by something so personally powerful that she may not understand it herself. Ironically, when she accepts the financial backing of the National Geographic, her private "trial by fire" is doused by the popular concept of romantic independence she represents to others: "I was beginning to see it as a story for other people, with a beginning and an ending." She feels pursued and invaded by the photographer assigned to follow her, by the people who intercept her with questions and interpretations. Yet her ultimate confrontations are with her own rage and desperation, with the personal and cultural repercussions of racism and misogyny in her own experience, and with the paradoxical ugliness and beauty of the rural Australia she encounters. The integrity of this articulate and impassioned account is evident in the fact that Robyn Davidson does not find glib solutions to inner or outer conflicts. Like her camel companions, she seems temperamental, insatiable, and slightly crazy, but also determined, direct, vulnerable, and splendid.
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A cult classic with an ever-growing audience, Tracks is the brilliantly written and frequently hilarious account of a young woman's odyssey through the deserts of Australia, with no one but her dog and four camels as companions. Davidson emerges as a heroine who combines extraordinary courage with exquisite sensitivity. 16 pages of photos.
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This book offers an opportunity for the American reader to be fully immersed in a different time and place. I found it enjoyable and thought-provoking. After reading this book, I will never view camels in the same way.
I recommend you read this book before watching the 2013 film also called Tracks, starring Mia Wasikowska. The film is also very worthwhile. Robyn Davis cooperated with the project and visited the set. Another great tie-in is the book of photographs by National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan, which was reissued in 2014 as "Inside Tracks." This coffee-table-style book contains breathtaking photos of both the original trek and the filming of the 2013 Tracks on location in Australia.
The camels behaviors were very funny.
I almost lost patience with her in the beginning of the book, as I was not expecting such a long and detailed description of her moods and misgivings prior to going out on the expedition.
I am glad I was patient, because I very much enjoyed the book in the end. I would recommend this book to readers interested in adventure, nature, deserts, Australia, and last but not least, camels.