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Download Eight Feet in the Andes Travels with a Donkey from Ecuador to Cuzco ì PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free º The eight feet belong to Dervla Murphy her nine year old daughter Rachel and Juana an elegant mule who together clambered the length of Peru from Cajamarca on thInca capital over 1300 miles to the south With only the most basic necessities to sustain them and spending most of their time above 10000 feet their journey was marked by extreme discomfort occasional da. The first travel book I had ever read but I enjoyed every minute The narrative is incredibly engaging as you follow a middle aged mother her 9 year old daughter and their beloved mule Juana on a groundbreaking journey over the Andes in the mid eighties Murphy's observations about the local people the landscape and similar journeys made by her predecessors are fascinating With moments of unforgettable humour yet with powerful underlying messages this book is one of the best I have read this year

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The eight feet belong to Dervla Murphy her nine year old daughter Rachel and Juana an elegant mule who together clambered the length of Peru from Cajamarca on the border with Ecuador to Cuzco the ancient. This was the August book for my book club It's a travel book and recounts a trip in the Peruvian Andes that Murphy undertook with her 9 year old daughter and a very handsome mule called Juana in the early 1980s They start in the North of the country and go all the way to Cuzco clambering up and down mountains staying away from the few motor roads and struggling to find food to buy in tiny hamlets that are even desperately impoverished than they'd expectedI read a bit under half the book and abandoned it I don't usually do that with book club books but it was just so so boring and I couldn't see it changing at all It's the story of what sounds like a great trip but it's not a great book Murphy's writing is not very good but that's not the main problem The main problem is that what I want from a travel book is to travel with an interesting person who tells good stories and I didn't get that I don't know if Murphy is an interesting person I don't know her at all even after reading 130 pages of her book We get some of her opinions about what she's seeing which were not unproblematic but nothing about who she is as a person By the time I gave up I felt I knew about the inner life of Juana the Mule than about Dervla Murphy's All I knew was that she's an incredibly tough no nonsense lady but even that hid as much as it revealed I mean at the beginning she basically walks for days with a nail sticking out inside of her boot and making her foot bleed She mentions a couple of times that she needs to find a cobbler but that's it Is she worried In pain Angry that the stupid makers of this shoddy boot are ruining this trip she's been planning for so long I had absolutely no idea Her daughter Rachel is an enigma as well Murphy often uotes things Rachel said or wrote in her diary but those just didn't ring true The diary entries especially sounded too too precious with their careful misspellings As for stories forget about it Murphy describes everything she sees and does and it's midly interesting when she and her daughter interact with people Mostly though it's we left camp at 815 went up this mountain took this path had to double back the ground was difficult to walk on Very tedious I think part of the problem is that the book is written as a diary with one entry for each day I think it might have worked better if she hadn't had to write a full sized account every day and just concentrated on the interesting bit and summarised the daily grindI mentioned her opinions above The book was originally published in 1983 and it's very dated Murphy is uite patronising in some of her thoughts about the native Peruvians and some of her general opinions are just startling like when she says just in passing about a particular village It certainly isn't ravaged by disease violence drunkenness and homosexuality as so many of the larger settlements have been in the pastUhm okFinally I got really annoyed by how bad the Spanish was If you're going to publish a book about travelling in Peru at least get your Spanish checked It's fine if it's I said X and X is wrong because hey if your Spanish was not great you would have said some things wrong My problem was with things in the descriptions like her referring to a river as the Río Negra uite a few times 'río' is masculine so it would be Río Negro Black RiverAnyway not a success I might be completely off base here but I don't get the feeling Murphy is principally a writer in the sense of someone for whom the writing comes before the travelling With my favourite travel authors I get the feeling they would write about anything and their travelling just provides them with raw material Here there was something of a grudging uality to the writing as if it was only a means to an end and that end was financing the travel Like I said I might be wrong but that was the vibe I gotMY GRADE A DNF

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Eight Feet in the Andes Travels with a Donkey from Ecuador to CuzcoNger and even the temporary loss of Juana over a precipice Yet mother and daughter a formidable duo were unflagging in their sympathetic response to the perilous beauty and impoverished people of the Ande. I so admire Dervla Murphy This was a fascinating and often humorous window into her trek across the Andes with her nine year old daughter I'm in awe of what they did I wanted to read it in preparation for my own trip to Peru and I did learn a lot about the Incas and the Spanish conuestadores I appreciated her insight into the current general attitude and state of the campesinos mestizos and Indians Dervla inspires me to be brave