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Book Title: Slowly Down the Ganges|
The author of the book: Eric Newby
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Date of issue: January 14th 1983
ISBN 13: 9780330280235
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It has finally come to my attention that Eric Newby is reputed to be a humorist, representative of the stiff upper lip clan of droll understatement and inane comparisons. In fact, if you find ineptness and poor timing rather laughable, Slowly down the Ganges starts out rather hilariously and gives new meaning to the word slow.
A lot of the book is taken up with the Newbys search for a boat. Loaded down with two tin trunks,valises and baskets, far more than they could carry, Newby and his feisty wife seem spectacularly unprepared for the journey. After all, one would assume that anyone planning a river expedition would have their own, even if rented or borrowed, boat. Newby seems particulay disingenious in relying on others to provide timely assistance.
Once they are en route, however, both he and Wanda pitch in, hauling, slogging through mud and dust, encouraging and actually bonding with their native boatmen, a succession of them that they hired along with the boats. There are some marvelous pictures and we get names and a feel for the kind of encounters the situation throws at them. I was pleased to note that Newby had overcome as best he could, his distance from his surroundings, even going to the extent of learning some of the languge and striking off on his own occassionally.
Typically, Wanda got to do all of the cooking
Newby is also particularly good, when he bothers, at description and historical anecdote. It's a pity that he feels the need to make so many insipid comparisons with his British Islands, I suppose he felt very strange, to be bumbling along the Ganges with his wife.
After patiently following them the whole way, I found the ending dissappointing. Their nick of time rendevous in Calcutta is rather anticlimactic and the bewidering slew of detail regarding the last stage of their journey seems tacked on.
At the end of the day, before I put the book back on the shelf, I feel rather fond, stirred but not rapturous.
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Read information about the authorGeorge Eric Newby CBE MC (December 6, 1919 – October 20, 2006) was an English author of travel literature.
Newby was born and grew up near Hammersmith Bridge, London, and was educated at St Paul's School. His father was a partner in a firm of wholesale dressmakers but he also harboured dreams of escape, running away to sea as a child before being captured at Millwall. Owing to his father's frequent financial crises and his own failure to pass algebra, Newby was taken away from school at sixteen and put to work as an office boy in the Dorland advertising agency on Regent Street, where he spent most of his time cycling around the office admiring the typists' legs. Fortunately, the agency lost the Kellogg's account and he apprenticed aboard the Finnish windjammer Moshulu in 1938, sailing in what Newby entitled The Last Grain Race (1956) from Europe to Australia and back by way of Cape Horn (his journey was also pictorially documented in Learning the Ropes). In fact, two more grain races followed the 1939 race in which Newby participated, with the last race being held in 1949.
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