One for the Road: Revised Edition

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 18, 2010 - Travel - 224 pages
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"A high-spirited, comic ramble into the savage Outback populated by irreverent, beer-guzzling frontiersmen." --Chicago Tribune

"A fascinating insight into what we're all about on the highways and byways along the outback track." --The Telegraph (Sydney)

Swept off to live in Sydney by his Australian bride, American writer Tony Horwitz longs to explore the exotic reaches of his adopted land. So one day, armed only with a backpack and fantasies of the open road, he hitchhikes off into the awesome emptiness of Australia's outback.
        What follows is a hilarious, hair-raising ride into the hot red center of a continent so desolate that civilization dwindles to a gas pump and a pub. While the outback's terrain is inhospitable, its scattered inhabitants are anything but. Horwitz entrusts himself to Aborigines, opal diggers, jackeroos, card sharks, and sunstruck wanderers who measure distance in the number of beers consumed en route. Along the way, Horwitz discovers that the outback is as treacherous as it is colorful. Bug-bitten, sunblasted, dust-choked, and bloodied by a near-fatal accident, Horwitz endures seven thousand miles of the world's most forbidding real estate, and some very bizarre personal encounters, as he winds his way to Queensland, Alice Springs, Perth, Darwin--and a hundred bush pubs in between.
        Horwitz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of two national bestsellers, Confederates in the Attic and Baghdad Without a Map, is the ideal tour guide for anyone who has ever dreamed of a genuine Australian adventure.

"Lively, fast-paced and amusing . . . a consistently interesting and entertaining account." --Kirkus Reviews

"Ironical, perceptive and subtle . . . will have readers getting out their maps and itching to follow Horwitz's tracks. . . . The internal journey is his finest achievement; he allows the reader into his heart, to go travelling with him there, sharing his adventures of the spirit." --Sunday Times (London)


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User Review  - themythicalcodfish - LibraryThing

Again with steadily working my way through the collected works of this author; it's interesting to read what is obviously his first book, and remark at the differences in his writing style as he goes ... Read full review

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User Review  - co_coyote - LibraryThing

I'm still reading travel books. (I've got to get this out of my system soon. Maybe I should go on another long trip!) This book is about hitchhiking around Australia. Probably not something I am going ... Read full review

Contents

1 Go Bush Young Man
2 My First Kangaroo
3 Woop Woop and Other Places
4 Queensland in Black and White
5 The Sheeps Back
6 Beyond the Black Dot
7 Snort of Blue
8 Getting Man
15 Westward Ho
16 A Certain Sire and a Certain Dame
17 Riding the Rails
18 The Cup Runneth Over
19 Calling Earl
20 Norwest Time
21 The Ghost of Cossack
22 Going Troppo

9 The Alice Is Only Beers Away
10 Centered
11 Halleys Comet
12 On the Road Again
13 Noodling
14 The Unbeaten Track
23 Pearls Before Matzo Balls
24 Shell Be Right
25 One for the Road
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About the author (2010)

Tony Horwitz lives in Waterford, Virginia.


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