TracksReading Tracks By Robyn Davidson De Motivatie Van Robyn Davidson Om 2500 Kilometer Door De Australische Woestijn Te Reizen Met Als Enig Gezelschap Vier Kamelen En Een Trouwe Hond, Is Niet Onder N Noemer Te Vangen Maar Ze Werd Geleid Door Iets Wat Zo Sterk Was Dat Ze Het Zelf Misschien Niet Eens Kon Bevatten Davidson Werd Tijdens Deze Onherbergzame Tocht Op Een Indringende Manier Geconfronteerd Met Haar Eigen Woede En Wanhoop, Met Racisme En Vrouwenhaat En De Vreemde Combinatie Van Ruigheid En Schoonheid Van Het Desolate Australische Landschap. Wow This is an amazing outdoor adventure travelogue girl power memoir.Robyn Davidson decided to get some camels, train them, and then walk across the Australian Outback OH MY GOD, SHE DID WHAT Yeah, she s a badass who walked 1,700 miles of the Outback, mostly by herself She had a National Geographic photographer with her for a few days, and an Aboriginal guide a few other days, but most of the time it was just her, the camels and her dog view spoiler Later in the journey, the dog
I was disappointed by this book I felt that the author had a major chip on her shoulder that she never really got over Her open contempt for anyone interested in her or her journey was not only tiring, but made for a strange read being one of those interested in her journey I felt tricked like she d invited me to
Tracks is a phenomenal travelogue of a 2700 km voyage through the Australian desert by Robyn Davidson and four camels It s the proof that a single lunatic idea, a seemingly fuzzy project a woman crossing the desert with camels can be accomplished As Davidson put it at the end of the trip, she learned two most important things 1 we re as powerful and strong as long as we want 2 the hardest part on my enterprise is the first step, to take the first decision.Evidently, it was a trip against all odds People said that she wanted to commit suicide that the trip was a sort of penalty for her mother s suicide that she wanted publicity and it was a way to prove a woman can cross a desert.It was about learning the tenacity lesson It implied learning on how to shoot a gun even her own dog Diggity, when she found she had been poisoned while crossing the desert Or when she was confronted with wild camels, to shoot some of them and yet spare one huge, beautiful one Aldebaran Or when she had to spank punish camel Bub in the desert Davidson took with her Zeleika a 4 year old female wild camel very young, considering that camels can live up to 50 years.1977 Coming from Queensland, 27 year old Davidson arrived to Alice Springs penniless To be precise with 6 dollars and a dog She had to work in a pub and two ranches first to raise money for the trip She had a hard time at the ranch of cruel Kurt and also at the ranch on afghan Sallay After two years of hard training
A must read for adventure memoir junkies like myself Robyn Davidson treks across the Australian Outback with her dog, Diggity, and four camels, beginning near Alice Springs and ending at the West Coast South of Carnarvon The walk serves as a catharsis for her In her own words, I had dredged up things that I had no idea existed People, faces, names, places, feelings, bits of knowledge, all waiting for inspection It was a giant cleansing of all the garbage and muck that had accumulated in my brain, a gentle catharsis And because of that, I suppose, I could now see much clearly into my present relationships with people and with myself And I was happy, there is simply no other word for it. However, lest you think this memoir is only about Robyn s coming to know herself better, its not Its a wonderful look at the
I really thought that I would love this book It has aspects that I love in a memoir including adventure and a female perspective I quickly realized that Robyn Davidson has absolutely no problems with animal abuse The treatment of the camels that she claims to love and spoil is disgusting If camels are not easy to train or socialize, DON T USE THEM It s so sad that the camels had no choice in any of this and were taken from the wild only to be forced into a trek that I m sure they had no desire to partake in and then to suffer beating after beating when the author decided they weren t doing something to her liking I understand that she was worried about being injured or having the camels abandon her in the desert, but again, she was not forced to make this journey To quote her in the memoir How animals ever forgive us for what we do to them, I
Really liked it four stars , but two things keep me from giving it the full four 1 camel beatings2 my own priggishness about the conservation of stars I.e a book probably won t be a five star book until I am certain it has had an enormous effect on me and short circuited and rewired something, conjured something, become necessary A four star book is usually a slightly less important but still brilliant book by a favorite author Four stars still means basically flawless Which means three stars has to encompass everything from Sure, I liked it to I liked it so much I couldn t stop talking about it and definitely want to read other books by the author Back to camel beatings there are a lot of them in this book That violence is only the most obvious reminder of a larger concern, namely, why make camels do this What s in it for the camels I ve lost the thread of justifying any human use of any animal just because we re smarter and we can make them do it They aren t ours, they never were, and for Davidson not to draw some parallels between domesticated beaten animals and colonized beaten Aboriginal peoples is appalling Especially given how thoughtful and canny she is about most other things, including Aboriginal rights But Davidson gets across the crazy enormous beauty of the desert, and solitude, and transformation, and learning ho
Australia is a big country.A very big country.And a lot of it is hostile, unforgiving desert So to set out to travel across half of the country from the centre to the sea, with a dog and four camels is a monumental achievement for Robyn Davidson Not only is this a tough journey in a physical sense, from the relentless heat, the whole menagerie of nasty poisonous creatures that exist there, fending off unwelcome advances of men, whilst travelling with the camels, a belligerent species at the best of times, takes a resilience and toughness that many men could not achieve.And that is not the hardest thing she has to endure her apprenticeship with a camel trader, a particular unpleasant man makes for uncomfortable reading at the beginning of the book She then moves to another who is far helpful, and makes if possible for her to achieve the journey.All the way through she endures constant battles with the animals, the environment and with the photographer, Rick Smolan, provided by National Geographic to record her journey She spends time with an Abor
The biggest question in my mind before, during, and after reading this book was, WHY Why would she do this I equate it with people who climb Mt Everest Why We are plunked right down into the story with no explanation of why she undertook this journey I think she learned a lot about herself and her capabilities along the way, but what would possess a woman to train some camels she d never even been exposed to a camel before and head out into the hostile desert I actually think there are many reasons One that is not mentioned in the book is that Robyn Davidson s mother committed suicide when she was 11 She hints at her mother s death and her traumatic childhood but never says why I think it haunted her As a member of a politically left wing group I think she wanted to bring attention to the plight of the Aborigines I was horrified at how they were treated, similar to the Native Americans in the U.S I think she wanted
Non fiction about Robyn Davidson s 1977 1978 trip across the Australian desert, accompanied by four camels and a dog During this trip, she developed capabilities she did not know she possessed as she crossed over 1700 miles, mostly by walking and occasionally riding one of the camels She started her trip in Alice Springs and ended at the Indian Ocean Along the way, she interacts with various people, animals, and pests Filled with novelties such as How to train your camel What it s like to own a pet crow not recommended Surviving in the Australian OutbackAnd traditional themes such as A woman confronting a machismo culture Finding the inner strength to deal with external perils Self discovery through suffering The nature of solitude Transcending social and self imposed limitationsOne of my favorite parts of the book is her descriptions of how she adapted to the vastness of the desert, the isolation, and the dreamlike state induced by endurance in an extreme environment She developed creative solutions to the setbacks that inevitably occurred She seemed to intuit at some level that her journey into the desert would change her for the better I recognized her evolution from a somewhat immature and vulnerable person to an agent in her own life I enjoyed reading the reasons she undertook such a trip, what she learned, and how it