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Full Tilt is the inspiring true story of Dervla Murphy's 1963 journey from Ireland to India on an Armstrong Cadet bicycle, and the trials, landscapes, and cultures she encountered along the way. The route takes her through the valleys and snowy mountain passes of Europe and India to the scorching deserts of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where the metal of her bicycle, Rozinante (named after Don Quixote's steed), becomes too hot to touch. She travels alone, without luxuries, sleeping on the floors of teahouses or on blankets outdoors, vulnerable to wild animals, insects, and thieves. However, she is often met with generosity and kindness, and shares many meaningful encounters with the locals. Her portrayal here gives a fascinating insight into the unique communities of the Middle East in the early 1960s. 

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Magical and Real

Woman. Bicycle. Panniers. Smokes. 60s and the Middle East..... Real Adventure told in real time with humour, honesty and detail enough to carry as a retrospective story

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  • Ian Jentz
  • 06-06-2020

Racist, classist and not well written

I initially started listening to this for a book club. After a few chapters, I can no longer enjoy it due to many problematic comments referring to poor people who are begging as “pathetic“ as well as people of a variety of countries as having inferiority implied and said in a multitude of ways. I realize the book is a journal and it’s somewhat dated but perhaps some thoughtfulness about the author’s perception is still relevant.

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  • Steve
  • 27-09-2020

Prejudice personified

This is impossible to listen to and should not even be on Audible. There are so many arrogant , prejudiced comments, as well as outright racism. At one point goats are referred to as "nigger brown.." That was the point at which I stopped listening. I put one star ratings only so that this review could be submitted. It deserves no stars.

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  • Sandra L Hawthorne
  • 17-10-2019

A joyous journey

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It made me so happy to hear that so many people in the world are so kind!

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  • Strongman53
  • 27-06-2020

Good book overall

An admirable example of adventure, determination, and learning - somewhat tedious story telling, punctuated with interesting and perhaps still current examples on the various countries she visited.

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  • Lynne
  • 19-08-2019

Travels, people, locations and experiences very interesting

Murphy’s experiences, fortitude, intelligence, and sensitivity were remarkable. The hardships she endured and overcame were both miraculous and believable. The ending was abrupt I was expecting a continuation or conclusion. Her bicycle journey was a remarkable and inspiring saga.

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  • 05-10-2020

An excellent Adventure

How did we ever manage without instant communication and all the mod cons of cycle touring? This is how. A superb travelogue and lessons in how to br a good traveller. I'll be recommending it to the Bicycle Adventure Club. Really well read too it immerses you in the Adventure.

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  • The Irish Grover
  • 04-10-2020

Amazing story of insane journey

For a woman in her 20's to cycle across the world in 1964 was an incredible idea and at times a very dangerous adventure. The story itself is almost exclusively taken directly from her journal entries. This was written in the 1960s. The language and terminology used would no longer be considered appropriate or politically correct. However the author does not intend offence and I do not believe it is legitimate to judge by applying current standards of language usage on a book written almost 60 years ago. What is clear is that the author had extreme fondness, respect and love for the people and places she visited. In addition she makes many astute observations and concerns on the forced westernisation of countries and the negative impact of same. Apart from all that the struggles of a run woman dragging a bike alone across the world is in and of itself and very interesting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-2020

What a wonderful thoughtful adventure.

I have had this book on the shelves for many years and had pulled it out to read given the coronavirus lockdown, however, when I saw it could be read to me my wife, and I jumped at the chance. We tend to listen in the car and found ourselves filling these empty days enjoying Dervla Murphys 1960s adventure as she cycled from Ireland to India. There is so much to be gleaned from this true story. Mostly we hear first hand about the people she met. The lives these people lead. The poverty but a harmony of village or mountain life. How protected these people were from western ideals. It is so much more than an amazing journey. Emma Lowe the narrator is the icing on the cake. Highly recommend. Escape to a better time.

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  • ICAJ
  • 21-05-2020

Excellent

simply amazing Dervla is something else, an inspiration and role model.The way we should be.

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  • arlene f.
  • 12-05-2020

A Full on Adventure.

Amazing insight into one woman's solo adventures on her gearless bike! Ahead of her time and a great role model for all adventurers at heart. Takes us back to the days of real travel tales. Loved it.

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