Four million captivated viewers watched Charley Boorman complete his last adventure LONG WAY DOWN which took him from John O Groats to Cape Town Along with Ewan McGregor he achieved not only this amazing feat, but also circumnavigated the globe on the LONG WAY ROUND In between these two incredible journeys, he found the time to compete in the Dakar Rally, telling his story in his bestselling book RACE TO DAKAR Charley s passion for travel and adventure continues in his new challenge BY ANY MEANS Travelling from his home town in Co Wicklow all the way to Sydney, he will use any means he can to reach his destination, via transport as diverse as steam train, horse, boat, kayak, truck, and tuk tuk And of course his beloved motorbike Whether crossing the Black Sea, trekking through Tibet, riding an elephant in India or hiking through the forests of Papua New Guinea, this will be a unique opportunity to meet fascinating people and explore extraordinary places With trademark enthusiasm, dedication and good humour, Charley s new trip is set to be his most challenging yet....
|Title||:||By Any Means: His Brand New Adventure From Wicklow to Wollongong (English Edition)|
|Publisher||:||Sphere 4 Dezember 2008|
|Number of Pages||:||394 Pages|
|File Size||:||791 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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By Any Means: His Brand New Adventure From Wicklow to Wollongong (English Edition) Reviews
Shows how imprtant travel for building an opinion is.Easy reading, stimulating and motivating.Can recommend reading it when interested in widening the own horizon.
Wer Charley Boorman kennt, dem braucht man hier eigentlich nicht viel Neues zu erzählen. Der neue Abenteuer-Trip "By Any Means" wird hier mit genauso viel Begeisterung, Ehrlichkeit und Humor geschildert, wie es auch schon in "Race to Dakar", "Long Way Down" und "Long Way Round" der Fall war. Natürlich werden auch hier dann und wann ernstere Töne angeschlagen, wenn es zum Beispiel um die Arbeit von UNICEF geht, welche Boorman nun schon seit vielen Jahren unterstützt. Auch wenn es oft schnell von Land zu Land zu gehen scheint, so schafft es Boorman doch stets, Momente einzufangen, die nicht nur ihn sondern auch den Leser in den Bann ziehen und einen Eindruck vom Leben, dem Glück und den Problemen der Menschen geben.Kurz gesagt, eine wilde Reise durch eine vielzahl faszinierender Länder mit Hilfe der unterschiedlichsten Transportmittel (By Any Means eben).PS: Wer des Englischen mächtig ist, dem sei auf jeden Fall die Originalfassung empfohlen, da auch die beste Übersetzung nie den Charme von Charley Boormans Erzählstil ganz einfangen können wird.
I might have been reading a different book considering that I'm the first person who would rate it with only 1 star. Well, let me explain why I think it's a waste of time and money to buy it:1/3 of the book is him whining about how much he misses his home & family or how badly he slept or how awful his headache was....1/3 of the book focused on him being worried about missing his next bit of organised means of transport....And another third of this book was him trying to convince his readers (and most likely himself!) as to how lucky he was to be wherever he was....Honestly: Mr Borman tries so hard to convince everybody that he was actually having fun that it gets annoying after a while. I do appreciate his effort for UNICEF, but I can't possibly imagine that he got a lasting impression from any of his well-organised adventures. Anybody backpacking probably gets more out of his trip than Mr Borman got out of his...
excellent, on the lookout for more Charley Boorman stories.
What a wonderful life! To be able to travel the world the way he does is quite a gift. The writing is simple, like a diary, but gives enough information for the reader to get a feel for the adventure.
I have enjoyed Charley Boorman's Travel adventure movies and books. This is just another wonderful on. Highly recommend it!
Ok, I'll admit it, I'm a huge Charley Boorman fan, I've seen and read most of his material, but I enjoyed this book immensely, it was easy reading in true Boorman style, you feel like you know him well, one of his old mates even, I liked it and would recommend you try it too!
While I was aware of two previous books by this author, involving long distance motorbike rides, I hadn't read any. I wasn't aware that his exploits had been filmed for BBC or that he's the son of film director John Boorman. All this knowledge is taken for granted by the author. I thought he might consider that his first books could attract a motorbike-specialist readership, perhaps, whereas this 'by any mode of transport' challenge held a broader appeal. I'm at a loss to know how he paid for this trip and supported his family as he doesn't say, but maybe the BBC paid him a wage and expenses. He never mentions who paid for everything.A three-month trek from Wicklow to southern Australia and to Sydney seems like a lot of travel when each leg has to be booked separately and no scheduled air flights are included unless absolutely essential. The Orient Express was a glamorous start - after the obligatory motorbikes of course. From there matters went downhill as Charley and his couple of guy pals crossed borders, experienced heat and humidity, rode in tuk-tuks and overcrowded buses and trains, floated on boats from container ships to cement barges and straddled elephants.While the author has to be admired, and met awful sea conditions including sinking boats and foul weather for days, he did seem to be constantly rushing to get to the next guide with a truck and not taking in that much of the life and environment, which had been his stated aim. He does show us the most polluted town in the world - on a lake of oil in Eurasia - and he feels uncomfortable in a religious state where women are veiled, all but his plucky female taxi driver. His observations are almost all about people, not nature.I liked seeing the two medical runs that the crew participated in with UNICEF, a great charity. This group uses public transport and local staff as much as humanly possible, so nobody gets helicoptered in to a New Guinea hill village - it's a five day boat and climb trek with vaccines which are in a dry ice box and must not get warm. We start to wonder whether the people in extremely remote areas are really doing the right thing by staying there instead of coming to where there are education, medical care, food and employment opportunities for their children. But while they are there, they are being helped.This is a reasonable read for the variety, lads-outing, friendships and many alternate and basic lifetyles shown. The writing is peppered with sentences beginning 'it had' or 'there was' so not wonderful, just jotted observations. Given that the author regularly bemoans having left his wife and two kids for three months, he may not take off for a while on any more trips.