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Full Tilt: Ireland to India by Bicycle Based On Her Daily Diary, This Is Dervla Murphy S Account Of Her Ride, In , Across Frozen Europe And Through Persia And Afghanistan, Over The Himalayas To Pakistan And Into India, During One Of The Worst Winters In Memory She Has Written Other Travel Books, Including In Ethiopia With A Mule


10 thoughts on “Full Tilt: Ireland to India by Bicycle

  1. says:

    There are very few occasions where my enjoyment of a book will depend on liking the protagonist of the story or, in the case of nonfiction, the way the author portrays him or herself Full Tilt is such a case Dervla Murphy gives an account of her incredible journey, travelling from Ireland to India via bicycle or rather, from Iran to India, because the first leg of the journey is dealt within the first twenty pages She relies on her letters and diary entries, leaving them standing on th There are very few occasions where my enjoyment of a book will depend on liking the protagonist of the story or, in the case of nonfiction, the way the author portrays him or herself Full Tilt is such a case Dervla Murphy gives an account of her incredible journey, travelling from Ireland to India via bicycle or rather, from Iran to India, because the first leg of the journey is dealt within the first twenty pages She relies on her letters and diary entries, leaving them standing on their own, hardly ever structuring them into a narrative, because the temptation to make myself soundlearned than I am, by gleaning facts and figures from an encyclopaedia and inserting them in appropriate places, has been resisted This will be a real problem for some readers, and it certainly was for me, because it means that we only ever see whatever Dervla Murphy decided was noteworthy enough to write down that day And when this is the case, you really need to feel a connection to the author to be able to fully experience the story For me, it didn t work Dervla Murphy travels out of a liking for travelling by bike, and she picked her destination because it was the easiest to reach by bike at such a distance She s obviously a very pragmatic person, planning ahead and trying to stick to her plans She doesn t linger on romantic observations, and she has a very clear idea about the countries she s going to even though that might change with her mood and, on a few occasions, with the people she meets All this makes her perfect for this journey.All this also means that she is as distant a narrator as I could have asked for When I travel, I love to learn about the history and statistics of a place beforehand, I love to imagine the lives of people there, I love to eat new food and describe in every detail the impressions it let on me I see travelling as a means of getting to be somewhere else, which makes me a polar opposite to Dervla Murphy, who sees going to somewhere else as a means to travel I am in awe of what she did, truly, and I admire her for the strength to finish her journey despite all the problems that came her way But I can t rate a travelogue on my admiration for the journey, I have to rate it for its readability and its connection with the reader Which, for this, for me, was nonexistent Review can also be found at 238 books in 238 days


  2. says:

    I really can t believe this woman She goes on this crazy trip from Europe to India on a bicycle leaving in the middle of winter , meets all sorts of sweet people and a few jerks , lives on clover for days and nearly starves to death, gets sick and sunburnt multiple times, deals with nasty insects and bad sanitation and wild animals and human beaurocracies, climbs up and down mountains and drags her bike along sometimes on her back when the roads get bad, falls in and out of love with the cu I really can t believe this woman She goes on this crazy trip from Europe to India on a bicycle leaving in the middle of winter , meets all sorts of sweet people and a few jerks , lives on clover for days and nearly starves to death, gets sick and sunburnt multiple times, deals with nasty insects and bad sanitation and wild animals and human beaurocracies, climbs up and down mountains and drags her bike along sometimes on her back when the roads get bad, falls in and out of love with the cultures who take her in and the landscapes she passes by, and keeps the most upbeat attitude and sense of humor the entire time Here s a typical way she describes one of the many intense events she experiences we crossed without difficulty, unless the agony of being two thirds submerged in newly melted snow counts as a difficulty Ho hum, Dervla is so nonchalant nothing fazes her I LOVE her Plus she finds the time to get her experiences down on paper under various lighting conditions and to throw in some meditations on cultural differences while she s at it she is not always charitable doesn t think much of Sikhs and sometimes she seems to idealize, but this just adds to the feeling that I as a reader am getting the honest uncensored truth about her impressions The book is supposedly taken straight from the letters she wrote home as she was on the journey, and while it made me a little jealous of the travels, it also made me feel like an utter weakling because I don t think I could ever so fearlessly throw myself into such a project I stand in awe


  3. says:

    So I have now finished Murphy s first three books in exactly backwards order, having read Tibetan Foothold, the immediately sequel to Full Tilt, back in 2018 and then The Waiting Land, the third book in what is in effect but never actually described as a trilogy, back in 2013, after an initial read in 1991 But reading them in reverse order in no way detracted from the delight of each book as a stand alone although if you re starting from scratch, I d certainly recommend reading them chrono So I have now finished Murphy s first three books in exactly backwards order, having read Tibetan Foothold, the immediately sequel to Full Tilt, back in 2018 and then The Waiting Land, the third book in what is in effect but never actually described as a trilogy, back in 2013, after an initial read in 1991 But reading them in reverse order in no way detracted from the delight of each book as a stand alone although if you re starting from scratch, I d certainly recommend reading them chronologically The full title, Full Tilt Ireland to India With a Bicycle, is technically true, but a bit misleading Dervla is out of Ireland before she s even finished her Foreward literally before page 1 and finally arrives in India a mere nine pages before her story ends So this is very much the diary of a journey, not a travel guide to a particular destination, something which apparently counts for the bulk of this wonderful book s several 2 star reviews But what a journey Turkey to Iran to Afghanistan to Pakistan to India, equally fascinating and in historical perspective heartbreaking Iran before the Revolutiona still innocent Afghanistan where Russia and America were just starting to compete for influence, including scenes of a pre Taliban Bamian and its still intact, millennia old Buddhist statues Pakistan just starting to deal with the concept of an independent Bangladesh, including a visit to a pre bin Laden Abbottabad a genuinely epic, slice in time adventure featuring an unforgettable, indestructible and endlessly witty Irishwoman.And thenshe arrives in Delhi, falls sick, and the book ends indeed jarringly, if you don t know the rest of the story But Dervla picks up her tale literally the next day in Tibetan FootholdMy first week in the capital was spent recovering from heatstroke then, putting aside all thoughts of cycling during the months ahead, I began to make tentative enquiries about the possibility of doing some volunteer social work until November s coolness came to the rescue and I could start cycling again That second book her Empire Strikes Back, as it were takes her to the foothills of the Himalaya, where she immerses herself in dealing with the problems of the just beginning Tibetan refugee crisis, similar in so many ways to what is happening in Syria today And in doing so, the 33 year old adventuress discovers a greater depth and wisdom, finishing her story by noting thatit s strange to think that when I left Ireland I was seeking only the satisfaction of adventure and discovery but now, after spending the first half year travelling hopefully , I have realised that it is far better to arriveShe then promises to return to work with the Tibetans again in 1965 which she does in The Waiting Land, although moving to Nepal now, where the refugee problem itself has relocated.As with her other books, Full Tilt includes innumerable insightful and or hilarious quotes and observations, ranging from the wiseThis house reveals what some might describe as the poverty of Afghanistan, but what I prefer to call its simplicity, since poverty denotes a lack of necessities and simplicity a lack of needs to the typically blasThere s a small snake in the corner of this room but he also seems to be half asleep and, as I m too exhausted to face the fuss and flap doodle if I report his presence to the authorities, I ll chance his presence for the night probably he s harmless anywayBut overall, I suggest you read any of these books and find your own favorites, although you can read a few pre selected gems in my reviews of her other books at and


  4. says:

    Finished.oh thank goodness I m so glad that I m done this book The only thing that kept me pushing through was the fact that I was reading it for a class I thought that Dervla s adventures were interesting, and that she was incredibly eager to get into the craziest situations, but I m not a fan of her form of storytellingat all I understand it s in diary form, but I would have much preferred the focus to be on the environment, the different things that she describes as being beautiful, Finished.oh thank goodness I m so glad that I m done this book The only thing that kept me pushing through was the fact that I was reading it for a class I thought that Dervla s adventures were interesting, and that she was incredibly eager to get into the craziest situations, but I m not a fan of her form of storytellingat all I understand it s in diary form, but I would have much preferred the focus to be on the environment, the different things that she describes as being beautiful, so basically the things she sees We get the most extraneous details on her meals, and on the people she stays with The food part would have been good if she d just described the crazy dishes, but for the most part she eats eggs, which honestly, really isn t interestingI can eat eggs, too She describes how everything stinks, but when she sees something beautiful she says it s beautiful and doesn t really elaborate, at least not as much as I would have liked If I m going to endure reading through a book where I m told everything she eats, I would at the very least like to have the amazing things she s seen describedas those are the actual details that I d want to hear about Also, I didn t really like Dervla I know I don t know her, and I feel like I m kind of being mean by saying that However, I m talking about her as the narrator, and as this is her travel diary I m taking most of what she says at face value, and some of her comments I found to be incredibly judgmental, or I felt like they seriously underplayed certain situations In fact, she seemedsympathetic with the starving animals than she did with the starving people half of the time, and when she gives her food to a starving man she actually says she wishes she hadn t given it to him because then she didn t have food So she missed one meal, and this man is starving, yet she still wishes she hadn t shared This wouldn t be so bad if she hadn t been getting basically everything free in her travels In most of the countries she travels through they don t let their guests pay for anything, so she gets free food, free shelter, free bicycle repairsand even free cigarettes, but she can t share one measly meal with a starving man without regretI m sorry, but that s just awful There were also some comments that just seriously rubbed me the wrong way It s probably a good thing people don t share their every thought in every day life because when you re being honest as Dervla seemed to be in this bookyou say some things that really don t make you look good So, I didn t like this book In fact, my prof said he didn t even like this bookat least not the first time he read it, but personally, I won t be giving it another chance While Dervla is an amazing traveler, and I m sure she s the life of the party, I don t think she s all that great at writing about it If you really like travel writing, and don t mind maybe reading a book a few times you ll probably like this waythan I did, but for meit was definitely a miss


  5. says:

    She certainly is a tough and determined woman, Dervla Murphy In appallingly cold conditions and the start of her journey, and equally difficult hot conditions at the end, she shows she is not one to give up easily.Written in diary form, she advises in the introduction, she resisted the temptation to heavily edit the book and introduce facts and statistics This perhaps takes out some of the facts around her journey, but concentrates the content on the people and places as she encounters them.Sh She certainly is a tough and determined woman, Dervla Murphy In appallingly cold conditions and the start of her journey, and equally difficult hot conditions at the end, she shows she is not one to give up easily.Written in diary form, she advises in the introduction, she resisted the temptation to heavily edit the book and introduce facts and statistics This perhaps takes out some of the facts around her journey, but concentrates the content on the people and places as she encounters them.She doesn t suffer fools gladly but then who should , but is also not shy to share stories where she herself is made to look foolish I always find her books entertaining.An example of her determination around pages 89 91 in this edition in northern Afghanistan, having sustained three broken ribs from being his accidentally by a rifle butt in a fight on a bus , she is bitten on the toe by a scorpion, for which she is dosed up on a serum treatment, only to be bitten on the neck by a hornet the following day To which she comments Evidently the scorpion serum is still operating, as there were no ill effects, except for the immediate pain And her description of her brief camel ride when she met some Afghani traders in northern Pakistan P2031 The camel knelt down 2 I sat on the saddle 3 The camel stood up 4 The camel took one step 5 I fell off Fortunately this was exactly what the camel owner expected me to do, and he caught me half way to the ground A camel saddle is a preposterous thing, like a wooden pouffe balanced on the hump doubtless there are ways of not falling off, but my Pushto was unequal to following the owner s instructions


  6. says:

    This book left me with mixed feelings The high points are, the awesome journey, the grittiness of the lady and the authentic feel of the trip through day to day fluctuating emotions thoughts It surely gave a good picture of the 1960s in the middle east, Afghanistan and Pakistan and her non judgemental attitude which sometimes is a bit too patronizing made the reading enjoyable.The low points are Near empty description about her journey in Europe and India the Indian part of journey was ver This book left me with mixed feelings The high points are, the awesome journey, the grittiness of the lady and the authentic feel of the trip through day to day fluctuating emotions thoughts It surely gave a good picture of the 1960s in the middle east, Afghanistan and Pakistan and her non judgemental attitude which sometimes is a bit too patronizing made the reading enjoyable.The low points are Near empty description about her journey in Europe and India the Indian part of journey was very short, though , the many open ends left open and lack of description of the beauty she enjoyed to her credit, she did emphasize that this is near verbatim diary entries though not explicit in the title and in descriptions May be some photos could have helped.So people are going to enjoy and well as dislike this book You will like it, if you are someone who will enjoy someone s writing if you adore that person You will not if you are looking for a great travel on cyle book through two continents I guess, I m somewhere in the middle.As far deciding on Dervla s writing, I need to look at her other books to comment


  7. says:

    I just finished this book, and am really torn about it.On the one hand, Murphy is clearly to be admired for her take no prisoners approach to bike touring She doeswith less than most of us could possibly dream of I would have been a worried mess in a lot of the situations she describes She does an excellent job of describing the scenery and environment she passes through using simple but evocative imagery.On the other hand, I find many of her attitudes to be annoying, if not downright l I just finished this book, and am really torn about it.On the one hand, Murphy is clearly to be admired for her take no prisoners approach to bike touring She doeswith less than most of us could possibly dream of I would have been a worried mess in a lot of the situations she describes She does an excellent job of describing the scenery and environment she passes through using simple but evocative imagery.On the other hand, I find many of her attitudes to be annoying, if not downright loathsome She complains that the Iranians suffer from hundreds of years of inbreeding Later, she wonders why anyone would bother trying to institute literacy in Kashmir when, in her opinion, nobody has ever shown it to be useful to the poor and ignorant She is freely given the vast majority of her food, lodging, transportation when she s not riding and then complains that she regretted missing a meal when she gave some eggs to a man who was literally starving She has some sort of noble savage fetish where she constantly complains of how western society is ruining the countries she s passing through by their insistence on building hospitals, roads, railways, and so on She engages in bizarre double think where she praises the practice of purdah because she thinks it makes the women happy to know their place, and yet never seems to realize that if she were in that position she would never be allowed to engage in the travel she s clearly enjoying And so on.She describes the book as being essentially a lightly edited diary, and as such, it s really quite well done She clearly pulls no punches in describing her thoughts and feelings And that s really the crux of the problem, I really, really dislike her as a person Honestly, the only reason I continued with the book was to see what sort of ridiculous or oblivious social observation she would come up with next, and she never failed to disappoint in that regard.My approach to travelogues is to imagine that I m alongside the author as they go on their adventures As such, it requires a certain amount of empathy and affection for them In this case, I feel as if I would have thrown up my hands in disgust and gone on alone as soon as we left Europe


  8. says:

    This is an incredible book a wonderful description of cycling from Ireland to India, but specifically through Afghanistan and Pakistan Some of Dervla s feats had my mouth hanging open as I read, and the scenery she describes is utterly fantastic making me very sad that it s unlikely I ll be able to take such a trip in my lifetime Having read some of Dervla s later works first I also found it really interesting how her thoughts moved on over time, for example on women in traditional Islamic This is an incredible book a wonderful description of cycling from Ireland to India, but specifically through Afghanistan and Pakistan Some of Dervla s feats had my mouth hanging open as I read, and the scenery she describes is utterly fantastic making me very sad that it s unlikely I ll be able to take such a trip in my lifetime Having read some of Dervla s later works first I also found it really interesting how her thoughts moved on over time, for example on women in traditional Islamic households Her views in this book which is v anti west, anti globalisation and also anti modernisation are very different from those in her most recent book, A Month by the Sea, in which, in Gaza, Dervla is very much opposed to women having to cover their hair, arranged marriages, lack of female education etc etc She is an incredible woman, an inspiring woman, and I really, really enjoyed this book especially as someone who loves cycling


  9. says:

    I love the nonchalant way Dervla describes what was an incredibly challenging bike journey across Europe, and Central and South Asia in the 1960s After reading her descriptions of the utter generosity of the Afghan and Pakistani people and the beauty of the landscapes, you ll be left with an appreciation for a region whose reputation has been sadly and unfairly marred post 9 11 While the very occasional racist terminology prevalent in the 60s might jar modern readers, her open and thoughtful p I love the nonchalant way Dervla describes what was an incredibly challenging bike journey across Europe, and Central and South Asia in the 1960s After reading her descriptions of the utter generosity of the Afghan and Pakistani people and the beauty of the landscapes, you ll be left with an appreciation for a region whose reputation has been sadly and unfairly marred post 9 11 While the very occasional racist terminology prevalent in the 60s might jar modern readers, her open and thoughtful personality overshadows these moments I read this book at a slow pace, but was glad I stayed with her through India An inspiring story of human capabilities


  10. says:

    I actually read a 1965 edition of this book, so I don t know if it has been edited in the intervening years or just reprinted This is a fascinating story of a woman s bicycle ride from Ireland to India It glosses over the European journey despite beginning in the dead of winter and focuses on her time in Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan Despite many dire warnings about traveling in Muslim countries in the 60s, she went on and embraced their culture and hospitality There s a fair amount of p I actually read a 1965 edition of this book, so I don t know if it has been edited in the intervening years or just reprinted This is a fascinating story of a woman s bicycle ride from Ireland to India It glosses over the European journey despite beginning in the dead of winter and focuses on her time in Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan Despite many dire warnings about traveling in Muslim countries in the 60s, she went on and embraced their culture and hospitality There s a fair amount of plucky European adventurer in the book One thing that really struck me was the way language has changed in the 45 odd years since this book was written While the author s great admiration and respect for the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan shines through, the words used reflect the slightly patronizing tone we are used to seeing in travelogs from that time From a cycling point of view, I can t believe she did this on a single speed cycle My legs hurt just thinking about it On the other hand, she wasn t a purist about riding and would take rides if the roads were just too awful to ride on I very much enjoyed this book, and will look for some of her other books as she has quite the body of work in this area


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