Biographies and autobiographies to travel from his couch
The Luminous Fate of Alexandra David-Néel, by Jean Chalon (1985)
Alexandra David-Néel, hidden in her pilgrim's garb and wearing the beggar's sebille, was the first Westerner to enter Lhasa in 1924, after eight months of arduous wanderings through Japan, Mongolia, China, India, and Tibet. Bourgeois anarchist, feminist explorer, Orientalist singer, scholarly Buddhist, Freemason journalist, centenary writer…His life is a novel!
The Inner Pole, by Jean-Louis Etienne (1999)
A doctor in the Himalayas, Greenland, Patagonia, and eric Tabarly in an offshore race, Jean-Louis Etienne is best known for his expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic – he was the first to reach the North Pole solo in 1986. Retired to his native Tarn at the height of his fame, the humanist adventurer tells how to build an existence in accordance with his dreams.precious.
The Barbarian Bears, A Surfing Life, by William Finnegan (2015)
You've probably heard of this exciting, world-winning autobiography (she even won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in 2016), written by a war reporter with a passion for surfing. From Hawaii to South Africa, from California to Fiji, he indulges his passion for the waves around the globe, a radical antidote to the anxieties aroused by the modern world.
Me, Antoine de Tounens, King of Patagonia, by Jean Raspail (1981)
Here is a forgotten French character, yet fascinating! Raspail is a talented tale of the incredible story of this perigourdin jurist, who became king of a huge region of Chile between 1825 and 1878. His name is still whispered among the Mapuche Indians, whom he supported against the Chilean army by helping them create their own government. Grand Prix du Roman of the French Academy in 1981.
My Life of Adventure, by Henry de Monfreid (1973)
An extraordinary destiny than that of this mythical writer, whom one becomes addicted from the first reading. A sailor and then a privateer late on, a pearl merchant, an arms dealer and hashich dealer, he recounts his adventures, notably in the Red Sea, in some sixty works that are more exotic than the others.This diary is his final story, in which he looks back on his exploits, but also his childhood.
Fanny Stevenson, by Alexandra Lapierre (1993)
The life of the wife of Robert Louis Stevenson, the great Scottish writer to whom we owe Treasure Island or The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, was well worth a biography. This pioneer of the American West was 35 years old when they met; she was then a bohemian painter in France. Together, they leave for Switzerland, England, the French Riviera, New York, Hawaii, Australia… and put their suitcases in Samoa. A book you can't let go of!
The Side of the Sun, by Roger Frison-Roche (1981)
Every mountaineering lover has stars in his eyes when he utters this magical name, Frison-Roche! High mountain guide and ski instructor, journalist, explorer… the Savoyard also became a great writer from his first story, Premier de Cordée, published in 1942. At the age of 70, he wrote his autobiography, recounting his countless travels, from the Sahara to Lapland through Canada's Far North.
The First Rasta, by Hélène Lee (1999)
The journalist worked for 10 years on the journey of Leonard Percival Howell, the first preacher of the deity of Ras Tafari, a new religion created at the beginning of the 20th century in Jamaica and became popular all over the world. During his wanderings in the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and New York in the 1920s, Howell consolidated the vision of his mystical movement that was to free Jamaican slaves. captivating!