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Author MacLean, Rory, 1954-

Title Magic bus : on the hippie trail from Istanbul to India / Rory MacLean.

Published London : Viking, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  915.60454 MACL    AVAILABLE
Physical description 304 pages ; 22 cm
Summary "In the sixties and seventies hundreds of thousands of young Westerners took off for India, blazing the 'hippie trail' from Istanbul to Kathmandu. These intrepid pioneers left behind their parents' world of postponed pleasure, the guilt of Empire and the spectre of war. Aboard the weirdest procession of unroadworthy vehicles ever to rattle across the face of the earth, they reached for a new kind of life, and became the first movement of people who travelled to be colonized rather than to colonize." "On foot and by bus, Rory MacLean retraces their wide-eyed adventures along the route reopened for the first time in a generation and travels across a region that has experienced extraordinary and turbulent changes since that Summer of Love. In Istanbul he meets the original Flower Child. In Tehran, capital of revolution, he encounters two Iranian boys whose dream of wealth in the West ends in tragedy. At Bagram airbase he sings 'Age of Aquarius' with US Special Forces commandos in Paisley shirts and granny glasses. In Kabul he picks through the smashed statues that are now Afghanistan's history. Along the way he reveals how profoundly the trail transformed travellers' lives and the countries they traversed, unleashing forces that changed for ever the way we travel the world."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject MacLean, Rory, 1954- -- Travel -- Middle East.
MacLean, Rory, 1954- -- Travel -- Asia.
Middle East -- Description and travel.
Asia -- Description and travel.
Middle East -- Politics and government -- 1945-
Asia -- Politics and government -- 1945-
ISBN 0670914843 (hbk.) £15.99