Dates: May 6th - May 15th
Synopsis: 'I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there's no going back.' So begins Robyn Davidson's perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company.
Enduring sweltering heat, fending off poisonous snakes and lecherous men, chasing her camels when they get skittish and nursing them when they are injured, Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia’s landscape, an empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation.
My thoughts: I saw a trailer for the movie adaptation of this story and was so enthralled by it that I had to read it. It didn’t take me long to realise that this woman was nothing more than a whiny bitch. All she does is moan and feel sorry for herself. Yes, she’s on a perilously and trying journey, but it’s one she set herself out on. At the end she practically says she wishes she never wrote the book, well as interesting as the actual journey was, I wish it had been written by someone else. At times she also came off as if she wanted to be some sort messiah to the natives, a Macklemore for the aborigines in a way, and no other white person had such an affinity with them as she so desperately seems to believe she has. I just wanted this one to end, and I definitely won’t bother with the film, which I have heard very lackluster reviews of. Give this one a miss. I’m so glad it’s over.