Seasoned travel writer Dervla Murphy’s wonderful portrait of Nepal and the Nepalese.
With familiar wit and wisdom, indomitable travel writer Dervla Murphy affectionately portrays the people of Nepal’s different tribes, the customs of an ancient, complex civilization and the country’s natural grandeur and beauty.
Finding work in a Tibetan refugee camp, Dervla makes her home in a tiny, vermin-infested room. In diary form she describes her work amongst the refugees and her travels, which take her by bicycle and on foot into the remote regions bordering Tibet.
Murphy’s charm and sensitivity as a traveller and writer reveal not only the vitality of an ancient culture facing the challenges of western civilization, but the wonder and excitment of her adventures.
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‘A travel writer of rare heart and freshness’
‘An admirable woman… she has a romantic soul and a keen eye’
Times Literary Supplement
In 'The Waiting Land' seasoned travel writer Dervla Murphy affectionately portrays the people of Nepal's different tribes, the customs of an ancient, complex civilization and the country's natural grandeur and beauty. With her special brand of Irish understatement, she delights in the unpredictability of her journey and in the surprises which make her travels in that unique country such a stirring experience.
Having settled in a village in the Pokhara Valley to work at a Tibetan refugee camp, she makes her home in a tiny, vermin-infested room over a stall in the bazaar. In diary form, she describes her various journeys by air, by bicycle and on foot into the remote and mountainous Lantang region on the border of Tibet.
Murphy's charm and sensitivity as a writer and traveller reveal not only the vitality of an age-old civilization facing the challenge of Westernization, but the wonder and excitement of her own remarkable adventures.
"Dervla Murphy is dashing in her insight, beautifully responsive to environment, lovingly supportive to people of most sorts, sometimes exceedingly funny and always gloriously Irish"
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
"She revels in bizarrre experiences and strange encounters in a land where the only thing certain is that the unpredictable always happens"
"Dervla Murphy is gifted with a sharp eye for the odd and the picaresque"
"Dervla Murphy is gloriously uninhibited … compulsive reading"
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Book Description Flamingo, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0006550908
Book Description Flamingo, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110006550908