A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

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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.
Publisher: Footscray, A.C.T. : Lonely Planet, 2008,c1958.
ISBN: 9781741795288
Characteristics: 255p. :,ill., maps ;,20 cm.

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wyenotgo
Aug 28, 2015

Long before the Taliban, long before the Mujahideen, there existed Afghanistan, much as it had existed, almost entirely unchanged since time immemorial. Into that unforgiving landlocked place ventured one Eric Newby, who, having penetrated the Hindu Kush, returned to tell the tale of his 'short walk'.
Afghanistan's people remain as implacable as the land they inhabit. And after the upheaval of our day has been long forgotten, it will probably still be it always was.

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lilypad_1
Jun 24, 2014

Fabulous book for armchair travelers. His British sense of humor and vivid descriptions make this book a delight. I can't wait to read his others. KG

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