Slowly Down the Ganges

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Lonely Planet, 1998 - Travel - 349 pages
8 Reviews
On his forty-fourth birthday Eric Newby, a self-confessed river lover, sets out on a 1200-mile journey down the Ganges River from Hardwar to the Bay of Bengal, accompanied by his wife Wanda. Things do not start smoothly as they run aground 63 times in the first six days, but gradually India's holiest river, The Pure, The Eternal, The Creator of Happiness, lives up to its many names and captures them in its spell.

Traveling in a variety of boats, most of them unsuitable, as well as by bus and bullock cart, the Newbys become intimately acquainted with the river's shifting moods and colorful history. Slowly Down the Gangesbrims over with engaging characters and entertaining anecdotes, recounted in Newby's inimitable style. Best of all, he brilliantly captures the sights and sounds, the frustrations and rewards, the sheer enchantment of travel in India.

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User Review  - Scott Munden - Goodreads

Newby remains one of my favourite travel writers. He's the funny and somewhat goofy Englishman abroad and each of his books are a joy to read. Of course, they were also written decades ago and many of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robin - Goodreads

I was disappointed that the writing was not as interesting as I would guess the journey was. Not enough about the on-the-water part of the journey. Not enough about the end of the journey - seemed like the author lost interest in his own story long before he reached Calcutta. Read full review

About the author (1998)

Newby was a sailor in the British Navy. He was captured and held in a POW camp in 1942. For nine years he worked in London's fashion industry. He is now the travel editor of The Observer.

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