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A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush (Travel Literature)

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ISBN13: 9781741795288
ISBN10: 1741795281
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The most successful travel writer of his generation, Eric Newby's account of his climbing expedition in a remote corner of Afghanistan is impossible to read without laughing out loud.
Recommended by the Travel Team, Powells.com

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The view was colossal. Below us on every side mountain surged away it seemed forever; we looked down on glaciers and snow-covered peaks that perhaps no one has ever seen before, except from the air.'

Feeling restless in the world of London's high-fashion industry, Eric Newby asked a friend to accompany him on a mountain-climbing expedition in the wild and remote Hindu Kush, in north-eastern Afghanistan. And so they went - although they did stop first for four days of climbing lessons in Wales - becoming the first Englishmen to visit this spectacular region for more than half a century. Newby's frank and funny account of their expedition to what is still amongst the world's most isolated areas is one of the classics of travel writing.

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Katherine Adams, May 14, 2008 (view all comments by Katherine Adams)
Ill-fitting boots, inadequate supplies and insufficient food didn't stop Eric Newby, a British fashion buyer, from quitting his job to climb a mountain range in Afghanistan in the early 1950s. Nor did the fact that he had absolutely no experience in climbing stop him and a friend from their exploration.

Newby's vivid descriptions of the area, the people, and even the horrible physical ailments they endured are fascinating, and often hilarious. His witty observations left out just one question: How he managed to refrain from killing his friend, who managed to to cause almost all of the scrapes they found themselves in.

Surprisingly, his asides into the political and religious difficulties the twosome encountered in 1953 provide an understandable view of the region today.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781741795288
Publisher:
Lonely Planet
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Foreword by:
Waugh, Evelyn
Foreword:
Waugh, Evelyn
Editor:
Newby, Eric
Author:
<B>Who We Are</B><BR>At Lonely Planet
Author:
Newby, Eric
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
Travel Literature
Series:
Lonely Planet Journeys
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
197 x 128 mm

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A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush (Travel Literature)
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The most successful travel writer of his generation, Eric Newby's account of his climbing expedition in a remote corner of Afghanistan is impossible to read without laughing out loud.

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