By Craig Grant
An over-looked vintage, a Canadian at the Road.
Based on a visit the writer took via Asia within the overdue 70's, The final India Overland encompasses a drug-fueled solid of ex-pats and refugees from fact, screwing and doping their approach from London to the Khyber go. a desirable mixture of personalities and a story thrillingly instructed, even though decidedly no longer the type of travelogue prone to be recommended by way of the nations involved.
Craig supply dependent the unconventional on a bus journey he took that used to be the final India overland exhibit to make it via Iran sooner than the borders closed throughout the Iranian revolution within the 1970’s. It used to be a furry, frightening trip, with sexual event, weaponry (a pen, if I bear in mind correctly), and suspense.
This quantity is lengthy out of print and it's past due for revival, a brand new iteration of readers and fun-seekers getting to know its indisputable appeal and unheard of strangeness.
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