So increadibly little is available about Irish Dervla Murphy who is one of the humblest traveler of the XXth Century. I have read her book about Ethiopia (In Ethiopia With a Mule) and was thrilled by her monk like solitude and persistance. She travelled the world in the ’60s all by herself, stubbornly fighting the elements and going to the edge of her strenght many times when faced with extreme climatical challenges. As far as I know other travel diaries are available from her with exotic destinations. Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle, Eight Feet in the Andes and Muddling through in Madagascar just to name a few. Check them all out here. She was an especially hard lady I would care to know more about. Her most biographical work (Through Siberia by Accident) should give interesting clues about her motives and nature. Read in One foot in Laos here!
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Posted by mukikamu on February 9, 2007
Posted by mukikamu on November 13, 2006
I have read an amazing book about a blind traveler in the XIXth Century. Jason Roberts has done a priceless job in bringing this role-setting man to life again. The book is truly breathtaking. Holman’s adventures sound like very far-fetched fiction. It’s insane how he could travel the world alone at those times. To top it all, it turns out his only pal was deaf. Here are some of the many increadible things he managed to achieve alone with very limited funds and no sight at all:
- explore the Brazilian jungle
- travel through Siberia
- go elephant hunting on horseback in the jungles of Sri Lanka and actually shoot a gun in action
- travel on horseback across uncivilized parts of South Africa
- climb the mast of a sailing ship
- negotiate for the English with nomad tribes without understanding a word of their languge
- climb the Vesuv before eruption
It’s so unbelievable your jaw drops!
Jason Roberts: A Sense of the World
How a Blind Man Became History’s Greatest Traveler
Remember the name of James Holman. It has been forgotten long enough.