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  • Title: Slowly Down the Ganges
  • Author: Eric Newby
  • ISBN: 9780330280235
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Paperback
  • The story of the 1,200 mile journey made by Eric Newby and his wife down the holy river of India, travelling in a variety of boats, and sometimes by rail, bus and bullock carts, and staying on sandbanks, in villages and towns where they encountered an assortment of characters Last published in 1983.
    Slowly Down the Ganges The story of the mile journey made by Eric Newby and his wife down the holy river of India travelling in a variety of boats and sometimes by rail bus and bullock carts and staying on sandban

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    1. 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 than they could carry, Newby and his feisty wife se [...]

    2. Newby at his best Erudite, well informed, compassionate, cranky and eccentric travel writing.The first half of the book goes along brilliantly Having recently visited some of the places mentioned in this part of the book, I found the description truthful and funny.But I found the second half somewhat plodding I found myself merely skimming over the passages of the last chapter on the tugboat journey from Calcutta to the sea It is full of maritime descriptions which were not of much interest to m [...]

    3. Enjoyed this at first Newby can be very funny while never being stupid I also appreciated the snapshot of India pre globalization and not too long after partition But too much of it reads almost like a list of what he saw For a journey that has a very defined start and end, it was absent any meaningful narrative structure Perhaps that s his style, but by book s end I was long done.That said, far be it from me to too heavily criticize anyone who undertakes a long trip like this I m grateful he we [...]

    4. i love this book, it would be one of the reasons that i went to india, except that i read it after i went to india, but things could have easily happened the other way around.

    5. This seems to be catching a bit of heat from the Eat Pray Love crew, who I guess are the usual market for travel books in India, but I absolutely loved this The Newbys are always delightful company, and Eric is at his finest here His matter of fact nature avoids all the usual travel writing cliches about Asia neither doing a comic turn about the difficulties posed by food poisoning and public transport, dabbing a metaphorical hanky to the eye over the poverty and desperation, nor yuckily gushing [...]

    6. Eric Newby in typical Newby style Never rushed and never over excited.Probably one of the worst researched river expeditions written about Who turns up near the headwaters of a river, planning to navigate its length, to find it in not a foot deep Who continues to rent a boat, load it up and depart, only to be required to move rocks for the first 3 days in order to form a channel to allow the boat to be encouraged downstream a little.For a river expedition, Newby does a reasonable amount of trave [...]

    7. The lack of background explanation for most of the places Newby visited made this a not very enlightening no pun intended book , and certainly not a very good introduction to India To get the most mileage be prepared to lots of Hindu deities and events from the era of the British Raj Also disappointing was the complete lack of research that went into this trip Newby beings his journey in winter when the Ganges is at its lowest stage and spends less time sailing and time dragging the boat throug [...]

    8. I was disappointed that the writing was not as interesting as I would guess the journey was Not enough about the on the water part of the journey Not enough about the end of the journey seemed like the author lost interest in his own story long before he reached Calcutta.

    9. I suppose I should of judged the book by its title a little better Slowly is definitely guaranteed here The Ganges excited me but unfortunately the book did not Nothing really happens in the story, not really it s just Newby and his wife heading downstream in a boat with a few trials tribulations kicked in, but nothing out of the ordinary The book was readable and occasionally interesting, but not enough Perhaps I just don t bode well with this author, I know his books are generally well receive [...]

    10. It is difficult to be funny in India, confesses Eric Newby after failing to secure an interview with an ascetic who, sprawled naked in front of the Benares post office, was reputed to eat dung and human flesh In Slowly down the Ganges, Newby s account of his 1963 journey from Hardwar to the Bay of Bengal, the touches of humor that come through are too often labored or muted by the author s frustration in dealing with a culture so different from his own He recounts his exhausting trip by boat, tr [...]

    11. Well I sort of read it half actually At that point the slowness got to me and I flicked to the back to make sure they did get home The ineptitude of anyone going to a country on a voyage like this and being so ill prepared just fascinated me, even if it was in the 60s He was lucky he was so placid and that his wife didn t kill him half way round for getting her to go on a trip like this It is all very stiff upper lip stuff but he does appear to have some affinity with the natives in that he disl [...]

    12. I read Eric Newby s A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush which was a magnificent book about a trip to the western Himalayas which are now the home of the Taliban in Afganistan This book combined humor, an exotic time and place and a look at a culture which has not changed in thousands of years With this in mind I searched out this book which covered a trip in 1964 down the Ganges River with his wife beginning in the foothills of the Himalyas and ending in Calcutta and the Bay of Bengal This trip, howe [...]

    13. I was disappointed in this author This book chronicles a trip down the Ganges in the mid 1960 s And, as Newby s trip was slow, this book is slow I did not get from this book the colors and the life that I experinced in my travels in India While the author makes a lot of the sights and sounds and smells, he does it in a way that feels like a complaint, not a description of wonder He does not get it, India Maybe it is his British heratige that clouds his perspective because I feel he has a differe [...]

    14. Supposedly a tale of how he and his wife traveled down the Ganges in a variety of boats More like how he and his wife traveled along the basic course of the Ganges in a variety of buses and trains A very patchily written book, at times it would be fascinating whether describing ancient history, the author s own reminisces, or the events of the voyage which were also at times hilarious and at times it would just be page after page of pure description of ruined forts or the banks of the Ganges cli [...]

    15. This is an account of the author s journey accompanied by his long suffering but also adventurous wife down the Ganges in 1963, in a series of small boats Newby s a humorist, and one of his favorite tropes is likening something he sees to a pedestrian English sight like a hesitant bather on a pier, or a party of revelers pausing to wonder where to go next , or whatever That s effectively funny I didn t expect much deep insight from this account of travelers passing by people and societies they c [...]

    16. This travel narrative was writ ten in images layou so much may have changed It was informative but not really a good read The author and his wife try to go by boat from Hardawar, at the foot of the Himalayas, to Calcutta by boat This proves impossible The first chapters tell of a horrible mess as their boat is grounded about 80 times They meet filth, transience, bad foot, corpses, and cold January weather Although he makes many self deprecating remarks and wry observations, the litany of misery [...]

    17. For richness of local colour, this may be one of Newby s best works One of the engaging aspects of Newby s stories is that he seems intent on tackling situations that require stamina and willingness to endure discomfort than any of us, his readers would be willing to accept personally So his books offer vicarious pleasure for the armchair traveler, while enriching our understanding of parts of the world we may never reach And of course we can also laugh about those damn fools and Englishmen wh [...]

    18. Eric Newby s journey down the Ganges is a little weird Although I myself have travelled quite a bit, I am still not able to find the real reasons for coming to a alien country and trying to sail down a cruel river That too with no plans whatsoever, sounds quite stupid But as you read the book, his ignorance seems quite charming, because in the great unknown lies the romance of adventure and the comedy of tragedy This book brings that out quite well A typical Brit travelogue comical, straight for [...]

    19. Newby remains one of my favourite travel writers He s the funny and somewhat goofy Englishman abroad and each of his books are a joy to read Of course, they were also written decades ago and many of the places he visits and writes about have changed significantly Many of them have become no go zones.

    20. I thought this book was an interesting read, burst out laughing a few times at the recurrent mishaps and felt sorry for his wife Wanda all the way through I imagined reading about a river would be boring but his descriptions were actually quite beautiful.

    21. gives a clear picture of how India and ganges have changed over the years over its course the last chapter about their passage through hoogly was a bit too technical , but all in all, very informative.would love to read of Eric s travel fantacies He is funny.

    22. Continuing my fascination with Eric Newby, not my favourite of his books, but Newby continues to be as dry as pint of neat gin and very, very British.

    23. This didn t really grab me, although there were odd moments that were delightful and amusing It might have helped if I d known about India.

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