By Dervla Murphy

Having settled in a village within the Pokhara Valley to paintings at a Tibetan refugee camp, Dervla Murphy makes her domestic in a tiny, vermin-infested room over a stall within the bazaar. In diary shape, she describes her numerous trips via air, by means of bicycle, and walking into the distant and mountainous Lantang quarter at the border of Tibet. Murphy's appeal and sensitivity as a author and tourist show not just the power of an age-old civilization dealing with the problem of Westernization, however the ask yourself and pleasure of her personal impressive adventures. First released in 1967, The ready Land was once a tough booklet for Dervla. As she acknowledged herself: `It was once a light-hearted account of an event that had no longer been light-hearted'.

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