Reviews for Where the Pavement Ends : One Woman's Bicycle Trip Through Mongolia, China & Vietnam


Book News Reviews
Warmbrunn's account of an eight-month, 8,000 kilometer journey describes parts of Asia inaccessible to tourists. She recounts her encounters with the people and cultures of Mongolia, Arshaant, China, and Vietnam, as well as the sense of freedom and adventure she discovered while traveling. The narrative is intensely personal, focusing on the experience of traveling. Black-and-white and color photographs are featured. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 March 2001
Warmbrunn joins a fine group of Mountaineers Books authors with this compelling memoir of her 8,000-kilometer bike trip in 1994. She reveals the awe and frustrations of a woman traveling alone through remote and often dangerous routes of Mongolia, China, and Vietnam. While biking through mud and barren tundra permits a certain freedom and independence, she encounters government officials questioning the legality of her enterprise and curious children who sometimes lose control. Many villagers seek her out like an American celebrity, eager to test their English. A heartwarming chapter revolves around her month spent teaching kids in Arshaant, Mongolia. Most striking are her encounters with strangers who shower her with overwhelming generosity and willingly offer their home, bed, and food. Warmbrunn captures the natural beauty of the people, landscapes, and customs by opening herself up to their lifestyles on their terms. Guaranteed to appeal to adventurers, international travelers, or anyone who has taught overseas, this well-written book is for all who aspire to venture beyond their traditional frontiers. ((Reviewed March 15, 2001)) Copyright 2001 Booklist Reviews

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Library Journal Reviews 2001 March #1
In 1993, this 27-year-old American woman set off alone from Irkutsk in Siberia and eight months later ended up 5000 miles away in Saigon. Hers was not so much a test of endurance, although there was plenty to endure such as eating sheep's head in Mongolia, confronting bureaucratic hassles in China, and fending off overly eager children in Vietnam but rather a journey of self-discovery. She stopped for a month to teach school along the way and took public transportation a couple of times. She writes poignantly and frankly of the dilemmas caused by First World low-budget travelers in Third World countries. Should they pay more than locals, what hospitality and privileges should they expect, and what should their impact be on the people they encounter? She confesses to occasional bad behavior, exasperation, and a lack of sensitivity. Travels such as hers are not so rare today, but thoughtful, honest, insightful writing about the cross-cultural experience is. A fine addition to public libraries; highly recommended. Harold M. Otness, formerly with Southern Oregon Univ. Lib., Ashland Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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