Sunday, April 18, 2010

India the shimmering dream

Clover Stroud reviews an early account of a motorbike trip through India and an encyclopedic gourmet's guide to Italy.

This surprising book is an account of the first motorbike trip (made in 1933), through Iraq, Iran, Pakistan (then called Baluchistan) and into India, by the 20-year-old Max Reisch and his travelling companion Herbert Tichy. Reisch went on to have a successful career as a travel writer. The book has never been out of print since it was first published in Germany in 1949, testament to the enduring appeal of Reisch's youthful and forceful narrative, combined with a strong sense of empathy with the people and cultures he encountered. Reisch's boyish enthusiasm for the road makes this a pacy read, as well as providing a colourful insight into Middle Eastern cultures during the first half of the twentieth century. The challenges of travelling by bike are prominent, and make for entertaining reading.

Full report here Telegraph

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