The Way of the World
by Nicolas Bouvier
It’s about a journey in the 1950s from Belgrade to India. These friends try to go to India in a tiny battered Fiat and it takes them several years, and it probably describes the attraction of travel better than any book I’ve ever read.
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“Bouvier follows some of the trail of Robert Byron, travelling to the Khyber Pass in 1953-54. But the book is mostly set in Turkey and western Iran, where they get stuck. Bouvier never wrote another book comparable to this one. I loved it for its humanity, for its footloose feeling. He says somewhere, “You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you – or unmaking you.” And you feel that he’s a very vulnerable traveller. I love that sense of not having a planned journey – it might go anywhere. He travelled in this funny little car, a Fiat Topolino. I travelled in Russia in a Morris Marina, which people laughed at, and it secures your independence.” Read more...
Colin Thubron, Travel Writer
“These friends try to go to India in a tiny battered Fiat and it takes them several years, it probably describes the attraction of travel better than any book I’ve ever read.” Read more...
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