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Downhill All the Way: Walking With Donkeys on the Stevenson Trail

by Hilary Macaskill

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This is a cute book by two middle-aged English ladies (and various friends) who hike the Robert Louis Stevenson trail in France (see "Travels with a Donkey" by RLS) with a donkey. I wanted to read it to get a first-hand account of what the trail is like today. It's really very funny, in that understated British humour sort of way. It's not particularly deep or insightful - there is no journey into the abyss with only yourself starring back - no great personal insights on life (although a few on donkeys) - it's a light-hearted, light-stepped fun and easy read, another piece of the myth created by Stevenson. Thanks ladies I enjoyed the trip. ( )
  Stbalbach | Jul 5, 2006 |
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In 1878, Robert Louis Stevenson and his donkey, Modestine, spent twelve days walking in the Cévennes mountains in France, as he recounted in Travels with a Donkey. His book became an instant hit and the route he took is now the Stevenson Trail, along the GR70 long-distance footpath. Over a period of four years, Hilary Macaskill and Molly Wood attempted to retrace his steps. In the course of several trips they negotiated the entire 212 kilometres of the Stevenson Trail, accompanied by Whiskey the dog and a variety of donkeys. This hilarious account tells of the ups and downs of handling donkeys, getting lost, encounters with some odd people and some particularly memorable meals.

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In 1878, Robert Louis Stevenson spent 12 days with a donkey walking in the Cevennes in the Massif Central region of France. The authors recreated this adventure, and here present a vivid account of their travels - the ups and downs of learning the skills of handling donkeys, getting lost, and encountering unusual people.… (more)

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