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India: The Shimmering Dream: The First Overland Journey to India by Motorcycle in 1933 Paperback – Feb 16 2010

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Panther Publishing Ltd (Feb. 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955659590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955659591
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 481 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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By jimo368 on July 26 2012
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I bought this book because I enjoy adventure travel, esp on a motorcycle. When I seen it was written by a German shortly before the second world war I was expecting a dry account of travelling among the "lesser' natives. I was happily suprised and refreshed to see an excellent account by two young men that were very liberal minded exploring the eastern world. It is always great to see things in the context that only such young and adventurous minds can deliver. The world has changed so much since this journey was taken (1933) and yet in many ways nothing has changed. It could have easily been written in the last ten years. I really felt like I was travelling along with them and it made me very sad that all this happened so long ago and everyone is long past. I had a hard time putting this book down. I will reccomend this easily.
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If you've read or watched the Ewen McGregor "Long Way Round" or "Long Way Down" series - you will love this book. And you'll greatly enjoy it even if you are not familiar with those series. This trip took place in 1933 without GPS, without any real roads for very large distances, in a time when motorbikes were not a common sight in many parts of the world with 2 guys riding on 1 bike! The trip took place in 1933 and the book was published in 1949. The authors really bring pre-world war II people and places to life. Very enjoyable read for anyone who has anything to do with motorcycles and also for those that don't. Makes Ewen and Charlie look like wussies.
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An excellent read, for fans of period travel Jan. 12 2012
By Scarlet Lady - Published on
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This is an excellent account of a unique journey. I read it slowly, savoring each passage and episode. The writing style is light and lively, with effective use of foreshadowing of future events, and interesting digressions. The photographs are not reproduced to a high standard (in my soft cover edition, at least), but are a perfect complement to the text.

My wife and I traveled overland to India on a motorcycle in 1974. Some of the challenges overcome by Max and Herbert were not so severe - health issues, mainly - but it was remarkable how often I found myself exclaiming "Yes, just so!". Therefore, I recommend this book as a valid, useful comparison of experiences for anyone who loves to travel, to compare the circumstances today to those of the 1930s, and to compare experiences in other countries to those covered in the journey recounted in this book.

Naturally, there are some dated ideas and behaviors described, but not so many as one might think and certainly not so much as to spoil the read or the admiration for these travelers.
An important piece in motorcycle history Sept. 4 2015
By mezcal - Published on
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I've read this book in 1 long session...just couldn't put it down! If you love motorcycles and travel like me, this is the book for you! To imagine that they started their journey in 1933 on a small 250cc Austrian made Puch, their feat is even more remarkable. Even Max, when thinking back many years later, put it down on the uninhibited 'carelessness' typical of the youth, and that in retrospect he probably wouldn't have done it knowing what would await him on the journey.
I've also visited the museum in South Tyrol (Italy) (twice), and had the pleasure to talk to Max's son and grandson, who take care of his legacy with the a passion for motorcycles that seems to run in the family's blood.
This book is an insightful first person testimony of an important time in motorcycle (and travel) history.
I highly recommend this book!!
It's a good simple read of not so distant times but a ... July 19 2015
By garry killgour - Published on
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It's a good simple read of not so distant times but a very different world from our own seen through the eyes of very young and optimistic eyes.
Five Stars Jan. 7 2015
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Amazing story!

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