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One for the Road: Revised Edition (Vintage Departures) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1987; vuoden 2010 painos)

– tekijä: Tony Horwitz (Tekijä)

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"A high-spirited, comic ramble into the savage Outback populated by irreverent, beer-guzzling frontiersmen." --Chicago Tribune "A fascinating insight into what we're all about on the highways and byways along the outback track." --The Telegraph (Sydney) Swept off to live in Sydney by his Australian bride, American writer Tony Horwitz longs to explore the exotic reaches of his adopted land. So one day, armed only with a backpack and fantasies of the open road, he hitchhikes off into the awesome emptiness of Australia's outback. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;What follows is a hilarious, hair-raising ride into the hot red center of a continent so desolate that civilization dwindles to a gas pump and a pub. While the outback's terrain is inhospitable, its scattered inhabitants are anything but. Horwitz entrusts himself to Aborigines, opal diggers, jackeroos, card sharks, and sunstruck wanderers who measure distance in the number of beers consumed en route. Along the way, Horwitz discovers that the outback is as treacherous as it is colorful. Bug-bitten, sunblasted, dust-choked, and bloodied by a near-fatal accident, Horwitz endures seven thousand miles of the world's most forbidding real estate, and some very bizarre personal encounters, as he winds his way to Queensland, Alice Springs, Perth, Darwin--and a hundred bush pubs in between. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Horwitz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of two national bestsellers, Confederates in the Attic and Baghdad Without a Map, is the ideal tour guide for anyone who has ever dreamed of a genuine Australian adventure. "Lively, fast-paced and amusing . . . a consistently interesting and entertaining account." --Kirkus Reviews "Ironical, perceptive and subtle . . . will have readers getting out their maps and itching to follow Horwitz's tracks. . . . The internal journey is his finest achievement; he allows the reader into his heart, to go travelling with him there, sharing his adventures of the spirit." --Sunday Times (London)… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:One for the Road: Revised Edition (Vintage Departures)
Kirjailijat:Tony Horwitz (Tekijä)
Info:Vintage (2010), Edition: Revised, 225 pages
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One for the Road: An Outback Adventure (tekijä: Tony Horwitz) (1987)

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    Näkymättömät polut (tekijä: Bruce Chatwin) (John_Vaughan)
    John_Vaughan: Bruce Chatwin was fasinated by nomads and wanderings, Tony Horwitz qualifies for both, and writes with engaging wit.
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    In a Sunburned Country (tekijä: Bill Bryson) (amyblue, John_Vaughan)
    John_Vaughan: Bill Bryson's humorous account compliments the Horwitz book.
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Didn't finish. It was okay as far as I got, but it didn't captivate me. I have too many other things to read. Maybe another time.
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
Tony Horwitz was working at a newspaper is Australia when he developed a wander lust. He decided to hitchhike across the Australian Outback. He accepts rides from chockies (farmers), Aborigines, tourists, families, sheep ranchers, opal miners, and truckies. Horwitz sleeps in ditches, campsites, and rundown hotels. At times his journey seems like one long pub crawl. He observes many different aspects of Australian Outback society such as; Aboriginal ceremonies, pub patron etiquette, and lobster fishing.

I almost stopped reading this book after the first few chapters. All the chockies picking up Horwitz were drunks traveling from pub to pub. They all swilled beer from coolers in their cars as they weaved from one side of the road to the other. The narrative started to become interesting after the author visited Ayres Rock, now known as Uluru. He began meeting a more diverse and interesting group of people especially the Aborigines.

This is as much an ode to the romance of hitchhiking as it is a travel log. The book was written in 1986 when hitchhiking was still possible. You rarely see hitchhikers in America today. I don’t know if people will still pick up hikers in Australia. I think they still might in the Outback. It is such a sunbaked desolate land full of desperate people just trying to make a life for themselves that they can feel for the poor lonely tramp trying to travel a few more kilometers down the road. ( )
1 ääni craso | Nov 11, 2013 |
Again with steadily working my way through the collected works of this author; it's interesting to read what is obviously his first book, and remark at the differences in his writing style as he goes along. While I would personally recommend Bryson's "In A Sunburned Country" as an Australian travelog, this book provides a different layer of insight not merely for Terra Australis, but for a now-vanished part of first-world culture: hitchhiking as entertainment and legitimate travel. ( )
  themythicalcodfish | Sep 19, 2012 |
I'm still reading travel books. (I've got to get this out of my system soon. Maybe I should go on another long trip!) This book is about hitchhiking around Australia. Probably not something I am going to be doing anytime soon, although I do have another trip to Australia planned for next month. Still, Horwitz is a fairly entertaining guy, and it's fun to read of his adventures with the usual suspects you run into when you are traveling. ( )
  co_coyote | Sep 6, 2011 |
Dreamed of, or been through one. While I think he's nuts to hitchhike, this is a great story of both an Australia that most people don't see and an Australia of the 80s that is only partially still there.

Haven't finished yet but some of the best bits:

I like how he mixed Aboriginal aspects in with the rest. He integrated the two rather than just treat them as something apart. I also think he did this while still acknowleding the feeling of uncertainty that can be present. I still remember my initial uncertainty and trying to understand that, as much as I tried to understand anything else about Australia.

"...that was one of the things I liked so much about hitching: getting a personalized tour of the continent with people I'd otherwise never meet." I can say the same thing about backpacking, Greyhounding and BookCrossing. I met so many wonderful people in my travels and learnt so much that I wouldn't have otherwise . Kinda sad the upcoming trip will be plane only due to a lack of time :(

More to come when I've finished the book, but I'm definitely loving it. So much so that I don't want to go to sleep even though I have the chance after being up at 5 AM.

I thought this was going to be my ring in 07 book, but I finished it a couple of hours before the ball dropped. Overall, I really enjoyed it. It was great to see his perceptions of places I'd seen, and to hear about places I hadn't seen.

Love that he stayed at some of the same places, such as Radeka's in Coober Pedy. And his trip up the coast of WA made me really nostalgic for my own trip. ( )
  skinglist | Jan 5, 2009 |
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"A high-spirited, comic ramble into the savage Outback populated by irreverent, beer-guzzling frontiersmen." --Chicago Tribune "A fascinating insight into what we're all about on the highways and byways along the outback track." --The Telegraph (Sydney) Swept off to live in Sydney by his Australian bride, American writer Tony Horwitz longs to explore the exotic reaches of his adopted land. So one day, armed only with a backpack and fantasies of the open road, he hitchhikes off into the awesome emptiness of Australia's outback. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;What follows is a hilarious, hair-raising ride into the hot red center of a continent so desolate that civilization dwindles to a gas pump and a pub. While the outback's terrain is inhospitable, its scattered inhabitants are anything but. Horwitz entrusts himself to Aborigines, opal diggers, jackeroos, card sharks, and sunstruck wanderers who measure distance in the number of beers consumed en route. Along the way, Horwitz discovers that the outback is as treacherous as it is colorful. Bug-bitten, sunblasted, dust-choked, and bloodied by a near-fatal accident, Horwitz endures seven thousand miles of the world's most forbidding real estate, and some very bizarre personal encounters, as he winds his way to Queensland, Alice Springs, Perth, Darwin--and a hundred bush pubs in between. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;Horwitz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of two national bestsellers, Confederates in the Attic and Baghdad Without a Map, is the ideal tour guide for anyone who has ever dreamed of a genuine Australian adventure. "Lively, fast-paced and amusing . . . a consistently interesting and entertaining account." --Kirkus Reviews "Ironical, perceptive and subtle . . . will have readers getting out their maps and itching to follow Horwitz's tracks. . . . The internal journey is his finest achievement; he allows the reader into his heart, to go travelling with him there, sharing his adventures of the spirit." --Sunday Times (London)

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