Slowly Down the Ganges

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Lonely Planet, 1998 - Travel - 349 pages
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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  - John_Vaughan - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed reading this book, yet another great travel narrative from an excellent writer, and, once again, Eric is accompanied by the indomitable (even by India and its casual and common berri ... Read full review

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This is a great book as it was written back in the mid 1960's when hippies commonly went to India. It has a bit of foreign imperialism in it but you have to realize the time when it was written. Still it is fascinating to hear about the people they encountered while floating down the Ganges. A must read for anyone who wants to learn about the Indian mind. 

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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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