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“Tracks” by Robyn Davidson


Last week I went to see “Tracks.” It’s a new movie, but it took 462832599_2886143cmore than 30 years to get made.

In June, 1981 I was writing for The Real Paper, the smaller of Boston’s two alternative weeklies and the place where I began my journalistic career in January, 1981. My editor handed me a book to read and assigned me to interview the author. She was on a publicity tour and due to arrive in town a few days later. The book, “Tracks,” was a true story, a first-person account by a young woman who had undertaken a quixotic walk across the Australian desert accompanied by four camels, her much-loved dog and, every so often, for a day here, a day there, a National Geographic photographer.