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'The filmmaker, Werner Herzog, believes there is only one way to truly engage with a place. That is to walk it. Herzog should know, having once attempted to circumnavigate Germany on foot. Walking as pilgrimage, as a means of finding oneself, is both a genuine experience of human history and a New Age fad. Robyn Davidson’s Tracks, a book mapping the journey she undertook in 1977 from central Australia to the Indian Ocean, with her camels and a dog, Diggity, for company, is a gripping and intriguing story. While reading the experience of her trip, at times gruelling and frustrating, and marked by moments of despair and a sense of failure, I returned again and again to a single question: why is she doing this? By the end of the book I was no closer to an answer, and Davidson never provides one. Oddly perhaps,Tracks is all the better a book for not addressing this question directly. Readers will speculate for themselves, and some will draw conclusions as to why a young woman craving solitude would go to such extremes to experience it. I reached no such conclusion, although I am sure there was nothing of the New Age attaching itself to Davidson on her journey. After all, fads and fashion will only take a person so far.' (Introduction)

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