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Charley Boorman
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Long Way Round
hardcover
320 pages
Travel novel about Ewan McGregor and his friend Charley Boorman going to New York the long way around.. Excellent real-life adventure story about two friends and their efforts to make it around the world on motorbike. Starting from the very beginning, the first time they met we hear about the difficulties they encountered arranging the whole thing and of course the highs and lows of the trip itself..

Thanks to the very personal and intimate style of writing one really feels like almost being on the trip yourself, and what it must be like to do something so momentous like a trip around the world.. Charley and Ewan in turm tell their own tale about all the ups and downs on the trip, from the glorious and impressive landscapes and sometimes emotional encounters with the locals to having a guns pointed at their heads and spending hours and hours stuck in rain, mud and rivers..

The only fly in the ointment is the frequent moaning of Ewan about the media and locals harrasing him. I can understand it is rather annoying, but seeing as they financed the trip from a publishing deal for this book and a tv-series, and they were basically able to do the trip due to the fact that he is so world-famous, I feel it a little hypocritical to then go and complain about people recognizing him everywhere..

Nevertheless, for anyone with even the slightest inclationation to travelling the world this is a definite must-read. It really makes one want to quit everything, gather some friends and go out there to experience some real adventure...
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