A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

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Baker & Taylor
Recounts the author's exploration of the Hindu Kush Mountains in the northeastern Afghanistan province of Nuristan

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First published in 1958, this is one of the first and perhaps the most widely known of celebrated English travel writer Eric Newby's many works. After some years working in the fashion industry, Newby and a companion decided to go mountain climbing in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan, despite having almost nothing in the way of climbing experience. They gained what little experience they had going on short climbs in Wales, also described here, prior to the narrative of their trek in Afghanistan. Evelyn Waugh penned the brief preface. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Hawthorn, Vic. : Lonely Planet, 1998
ISBN: 9780864426048
Characteristics: 255 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 20 cm


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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.

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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