ALTHOUGH I SOURELY WANTED TO READ ABOUT THE ADVENTURES OF SARAH MARQUIS, THIS BOOK DID NOT PROVIDE THE INSIGHT I WISHED FOR. Sarah Marquis is a traveller and adventures who walked all the way from Syberia through Australia over the course of 3 years.
I had really wanted to read this book, feeling inspired just reading the backcover. While I was in London I finally found the book and bought it to read during my flight home (and a few beach days in the week after). I had thought to gain an inside into why she’d decided to walk all this way, the hardships she had faced and the ways in which it had changed her.
Although she does mention briefly her decision to start on this expedition no real insight is given. Nor does it become very clear during the story. This at times makes it hard to understand why she would continue to walk whilst she is clearly suffering. For me, this makes the book a bit of a let-down.
On the other hand, there are plenty of anecdotes that make the book an enjoyable read. She tells about the stoic Mongolians and the loud and intrusive Chinese she meets on the way (something I remember all to well from my trip there), with an understated humour that at times borders on cynicism.
The reason this book does not become one big whine-fest (as the bittersweet paradise was), is because Sarah Marquise knows her own weaknesses and tries to stay away from humans as much as she can while being truly grateful for every helpful person out there. Other than that, she describes details of beautiful landscapes that you can just picture yourself in.
Although not the best adventure book out there, I’d still recommend this book to anyone who is in need of a little escape into an adventure, but currently unable to go away herself.
If that doesn’t pull you in, perhaps my favourite quote will: “being scared won’t serve you well under any circumstances, so you might as well strike this emotion from your list of options”. Curious to see why she could be scared and weather or not she managed to strike that option? Read the book!