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- DescriptionWhen Richard Collins was diagsed with a progressive incurable disease in 2006 he decided to see as much of the world as he could while his condition allowed. The result is The Road to Zagora, a singular travel book which takes in India and Nepal, some of South America, the Middle East and Wales. 'Mr Parkinson', as Collins refers to his condition, informs the narrative. As inveterate walkers Collins and his partner Flic Eden decided to continue to travel 'close to the land' post diagsis, leaving the tourist trails and visiting places of extremes: the Himalayas, forests, deserts. The difficulties of rough terrain, altitude, extremes of climate for a person with Collins' condition are an ongoing strand of his narrative; occasionally they cant be overcome and Collins is forced to consider the frailties of the human body in passages of moving contemplation. The Road to Zagora also includes an element of memoir, as Parkinson's Disease also causes Collins to reflect on his life, and in particular on his relationship with Flic. There are moments of great charm as their relationship evolves, and also the drama of a previous serious illness.These recollections of pre-diagsis life have the wistfulness of hindsight as Collins considers what constitutes a life well lived. Yet any sentiment or self-pity is denied through Collins's resolute and independent-mindedness and the quality of writing. In the travel passages the readers experiences the sheer physicality of Collins' expeditions, along with his velist's eye for telling local detail. In the sequences of memoir the writing is humane, compassionate and quite often comic. The Road to Zagora is a memorable journey around the world, and the self.
- Author BiographyRichard Collins has been a farm labourer, gardener and estate worker, and college lecturer. He lives with his family in west Wales. His first novel, The Land as Viewed from the Sea, was published by Seren in 2004 and was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Welsh Book of the Year. The follow-up, Overland (2006) was translated into Turkish, and the third, The Quality of Light, which also deals with degenerative disease, was published in 2011.
- Author(s)Richard Collins
- PublisherPoetry Wales Press
- Date of Publication17/08/2015
- SubjectTravel Writing
- Place of PublicationBridgend
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Weight340 g
- Width135 mm
- Height208 mm
- Spine15 mm
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