The incredible true story of one woman’s solo adventure across the Australian outback, accompanied by her faithful dog and four unpredictable camels.
I arrived in the Alice at five a.m. with a dog, six dollars and a small suitcase full of inappropriate clothes. . . . There are some moments in life that are like pivots around which your existence turns.
For Robyn Davidson, one of these moments comes at age twenty-seven in Alice Springs, a dodgy town at the frontier of the vast Australian desert. Davidson is intent on walking the 1,700 miles of desolate landscape between Alice Springs and the Indian Ocean, a personal pilgrimage with her dog—and four camels. Tracks is the beautifully written, compelling true story of the author’s journey and the love/hate relationships she develops along the way: with the Red Centre of Australia; with aboriginal culture; with a handsome photographer; and especially with her lovable and cranky camels, Bub, Dookie, Goliath, and Zeleika.
Adapted into a critically acclaimed film starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, Tracks is an unforgettable story that proves that anything is possible. Perfect for fans of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.
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The process that is the journey
Having read many books written by adventurous women and men setting out to fulfill a dream of theirs, the best of them include physical challenges, taking personal risks, adapting to unexpected circumstances, learning new skills and opening one's mind and heart to understand the gifts of the journey as they are presented, whether the adventurer is ready or not. This book certainly belongs among them. The author/adventurer captures her experiences, even the most ephemeral, in words that allow the reader to share in them. Her love and respect for the animals she travels with, and her ability to be observant of them and honest with herself, make this book a treat for animal lovers, with information on camels and a perspective on camel/human interaction which is hard to come by. The book also reminds you that the preparation for the journey is an integral part of the journey, and may in fact make that journey seem anticlimactic. It's a wonderful story, and well worth reading!