The view from here
Introducing the Travelher Book Club! Every month we will read a book about female travel and then exchange thoughts, reviews and general comments here on the blog, and on social media. Are you in?
"Tracks is a quintessential adventure, yet the adventurer's own relationship to her own quest is ambivalent and nuanced. She never directly explains her motivations, but it's clear that she's been driven to the starkness and isolation of the desert by something so personally powerful that she may not understand it herself. Ironically, when she accepts the financial backing of the National Geographic, her private 'trial by fire' is doused by the popular concept of romantic independence she represents to others: "I was beginning to see it as a story for other people, with a beginning and an ending." She feels pursued and invaded by the photographer assigned to follow her, by the people who intercept her with questions and interpretations..."
Not only does the author grapple with the huge physical and mental challenge that lies before her, she also grapples with sharing this challenge with us - her audience. We can't even imagine what it must be like to undergo a journey such as this, let alone when the lines between public/private become blurred. All of this sets the scene for an incredibly fascinating tale.
We can't wait to start reading - are you with us? Follow #travelherbookclub on social to join in on the conversation, and check back here on July 1st for a recap.