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The Way of the World by Nicolas Bouvier

The Way of the World by Nicolas Bouvier

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In 1953, twenty-four-year old Nicolas Bouvier and his artist friend Thierry Vernet set out to make their way overland from their native Geneva to the Khyber Pass. They had a rattletrap Fiat and a little money, but above all they were equipped with the certainty that by hook or by crook they would reach their destination, and that there would be unanticipated adventures, curious companionship, and sudden illumination along the way. The Way of the World, which Bouvier fashioned over the course of many years from his journals, is an entrancing story of adventure, an extraordinary work of art, and a voyage of self-discovery on the order of Robert M. Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. As Bouvier writes, “You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making—or unmaking—you.”

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"t’s about a journey in the 1950s from Belgrade to India. They try to go to India in a tiny battered Fiat and it takes them several years, these friends, and it probably describes the attraction of travel better than any book I’ve ever read."
Roy Moxham

"This beautifully crafted travelogue has an elegiac atmosphere, reflecting the passing of the world it describes. The route taken by Bouvier and Vernet would be even more very difficult to make now as political tensions, war and the forces of intolerance make such a journey very challenging for any but the most determined." - Amazon reviewer

PRODUCT DETAILS
Paperback
Publisher: NYRB Classics
ISBN: 978-1590173220
Pages: 336