The book we read for February was Tracks by Robyn Davidson, an autobiographic book about Robyn’s time walking across Australia’s outback with nothing but her camels. It was interesting to see some very different opinions on the book. Personally, I found Robyn to be tough, closed and unrelatable, but other people loved her straight-talking language and directness.
I did find the book to be amazingly inspiration. She set herself a goal and struggled through some of the most difficult situations imaginable in order to achieve them.
My favourite part was actually in the postscript where Robyn says:
“If Tracks has a message at all, it is that one can be awake to the demand for obedience that seems natural simply because it is familiar. Wherever there is pressure to conform, there is a requirement to resist. Of course I did not mean that people should drop what they were doing and head for the wilder places, certainly not that they should copy what I did. I meant that one can choose adventure in the most ordinary of circumstances. Adventure of the mind, or to use the old-fashioned word, the spirit.”
Moving on to March and next month’s book for Travel Book Chat…
#TravelBookChat in March
Time & Date: March 24th at 20:00 GMT
March’s theme will be Iceland and we’ll be reading Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. If you’ve been following me on Pinterest you’ll know that I’m a little bit obsessed with Iceland so I’m looking forward to the descriptions of a stark but beautiful landscape.
Burial Rites is set in 1829 and is based on a true story. It’s about a woman condemned to death after being convicted of playing a part in brutally murdering her lover. She’s sent to a rural farm to await her punishment and it’s here that the truth unravels.
The book was shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian First Book Award.
“Hannah Kent portrays Iceland’s formidable landscape, in which every day is a battle for survival, and asks, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?”
See you on March 24th!