Jupiter’s Travels by Ted Simon soon to be presented for sale on the exceptional BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Hamish Hamilton, 1979, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: Here is that rare kind of book, the kind that can influence lives. It takes the reader on a journey of astonishing dimensions and brings the world to life in a way that gives travel a new meaning and purpose.
Alone one black and rainy night in London, Ted Simon got on a motorcycle and rode off round the world. He rode the length of Africa, from Tunis to Cape Town, and then through Latin America and along the roof of the Andes, from Chile to Colombia. He followed the Gringo Trail to California, rode round Australia, and then across the Asian land mass from Singapore to Europe. He travelled nine months and eleven thousand miles in India alone. Altogether his journey took four years and he covered over sixty thousand miles on the road, surviving war, revolutions, accidents and imprisonment on the way. But an even greater achievement is to make of this mass of experience from the four corners of the earth one story and one world.
Readers of the Sunday Times, which helped to sponsor his journey, have already seen some of his accounts of strange people and places. Jupiters Travels is the more personal story of an extraordinary voyage. The pages are packed with people and anecdotes, rich in humour and incisive observation. The linking thread is the authors persistent struggle with his own fears, and the search for meaning in his Odyssey. Forever moving on and saying goodbye, constantly crossing frontiers political, physical, emotional and spiritual, he has to break down all the barriers of endurance, of prejudice, of language and custom.
As he conquers his fears and the journey unfolds its meaning, he discovers an unexpected power to make instant contact with all sorts of people and to affect their lives. Finally, in India where there are so many gods already, a seer suggests that he might be Jupiter, and he experiments with the idea of being a god himself. The experiment is short-lived, but leads to other truths.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is faded at the spine. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding which is a little faded. Text complete, clean and tight.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 363 pages. 9½” x 6¼”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I beguile you with my offerings from my intriguing Travel catalogue?