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Mountains of the Mind: Adventures in Reaching the Summit

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Combining accounts of legendary mountain ascents with vivid descriptions of his own forays into wild, high landscapes, Robert McFarlane reveals how the mystery of the worlds highest places has came to grip the Western imagination—and perennially draws legions of adventurers up the most perilous slopes.

His story begins three centuries ago, when mountains were feared as the forbidding abodes of dragons and other mysterious beasts. In the mid-1700s the attentions of both science and poetry sparked a passion for mountains; Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Lord Byron extolled the sublime experiences to be had on high; and by 1924 the death on Mt Everest of an Englishman named George Mallory came to symbolize the heroic ideals of his day. Macfarlane also reflects on fear, risk, and the shattering beauty of ice and snow, the competition and contemplation of the climb, and the strange alternate reality of high altitude, magically enveloping us in the allure of mountains at every level.

About the Author

Robert Macfarlane was born in 1976. He is a fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and he contributes to the Observer, the Times Literary Supplement, and the London Review of Books, among other publications.

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ISBN:
9780375714061
Author:
Macfarlane, Robert
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
MacFarlane, Robert
Subject:
Mountaineering
Subject:
Mountains
Subject:
Ecosystems & Habitats - Mountains
Subject:
Nature Studies-Biology
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20040731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 ILLUSTRATIONS AND 1 MAP
Pages:
324
Dimensions:
8.00x5.18x.68 in. .67 lbs.

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