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An Aussie Classic that has stood the test of time - a Must read
17 November 2015
Who really knows why Robyn Davidson--a woman who describes herself in "Tracks" as a disaffected refugee of the superficiality of Sydney's and Melbourne's urban culture of the late 1970s--sold her belongings and trekked to Alice Springs. In light of a renewed interest in Aboriginal rights--and in the rights of Native Peoples everywhere on the planet--Davidson's personal account of a grueling journey across one of the world's most forbidding terrains makes part genius, part lunatic.
In essence, this is a personal account, and a truthful one. Davidson was a young woman when she wrote "Tracks," but her wisdom at the time of writing was far beyond her years. I bought the book because I hate to see a movie before I've read the book, and I was pleasantly surprised and somewhat inspired. That is precisely what makes this book so phenomenal.
Granted, this adventure took place in 1980, but the age of the event changes nothing of the experience.
Roughly structured, and for her reasons only, she embarks on a 1,700 mile trek across the outback to the ocean from Alice Springs. Her transportation? Camels!
Robyn, however appears to be a natural with these animals, and a relationship with them develops that draws the reader into the story and through every foot of the trip. A total Aussie Classic must read.