Sunday, March 8, 2015

Tracks by Robyn Davidson

Determination and Danger in a Desert (Memoir)

Tracks: A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1,700 Miles of Australian Outback by Robyn Davidson is a memoir about one woman’s amazing nine-month journey with four camels across the inhospitable outback of Australia. What surprised me in this riveting account was the time and dedication it took just to prepare for this long and arduous adventure.  The process of learning, saving money, and preparing for such a mass undertaking took pure dogged determination and tireless work.  In a powerfully expressive narrative, Robyn relays the skills and tenacity that pull her through an extremely harsh environment where flies swarm by the thousands and scorpions, millipedes, and snakes slither around while she sleeps.  Along the way she reveals the eye-opening plight of the aborigines—their living conditions, racial hatred, health problems, and suppression. Both compassionate and tough-as-nails Robyn deals with sick camels, pesky journalists, as well as raging angry bull camels “in season” in a swift and efficient manner. She’s a rare breed that dared to dream, dared to take that first step, and dared to see it through to the end. 

Inspirational, informative, entertaining! 

I think this would make a great book club read, where you can discuss how she handled some of the obstacles, her personality, and what we can learn from her.

This book met several of my 2015 Book Challenges:   Read a memoir, Read a book from your local bookstore; Read a book set in a foreign country.

Happy Reading,


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