At the age of 34, Polly Evans decides to fulfil a childhood dream – to learn how to ride a horse. So she goes to Argentina and saddles up among the gauchos! Overcoming battered limbs, Polly canters through Andean vineyards and gallops beneath snow-capped Patagonian peaks. This is the stampeding story of Polly’s journey from timorous equestrian novice to wildly whooping cowgirl. It’s a tale of ponies, painkillers and peregrinations – not just around present-day Argentina, but also into the country’s glorious and turbulent past.
"Evans is an adventurer...Her writing is full of colourful anecdotes on taking tango lessons in Buenos Aires, attending polo tournaments and galloping across the pampas and into the mountains. This is a jolly romp of a read, with some good snapshots of local life." (Sunday Telegraph)
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Was expecting more
I had the hard copy of this book sitting on my shelf for the past five years and was really looking forward to reading/listening to it. Having travelled to South America, I was expecting to relive some of my memories. Instead, the book was a very average travelogue that didn't really do more than account for a British woman's summer holiday abroad.
Evan's occasional attempt at humour rarely hit the mark and she took way too long before she chronicled the history of Argentina. There was nothing really remarkable in what she did, to the point where I struggled to complete the book. It wasn't engaging, it felt like I was made to sit through a slide night for someone I didn't know and didn't really care about.
The author. It appears Evan cut the horses already - despite the title, there's a lot of travel not done on the back of a horse.