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A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush (Anglais) Broché – 28 octobre 2010
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A classic of travel writing, 'A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush' is Eric Newby's iconic account of his journey through one of the most remote and beautiful wildernesses on earth. It was 1956, and Eric Newby was earning an improbable living in the chaotic family business of London haute couture. Pining for adventure, Newby sent his friend Hugh Carless the now-famous cable - CAN YOU TRAVEL NURISTAN JUNE? - setting in motion a legendary journey from Mayfair to Afghanistan, and the mountains of the Hindu Kush, north-east of Kabul. Inexperienced and ill prepared (their preparations involved nothing more than some tips from a Welsh waitress), the amateurish rogues embark on a month of adventure and hardship in one of the most beautiful wildernesses on earth - a journey that adventurers with more experience and sense may never have undertaken. With good humour, sharp wit and keen observation, the charming narrative style of 'A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush' would soon crystallise Newby's reputation as one of the greatest travel writers of all time. One of the greatest travel classics from one of Britain's best-loved travel writers, this edition includes new photographs, an epilogue from Newby's travelling companion, Hugh Carless, and a prologue from one of Newby's greatest proponents, Evelyn Waugh.
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le 13 mai 2016
Format: BrochéAchat vérifié
A wry account of Newby's hair-brained idea to walk and climb in the mostly unexplored mountainous region of Nuristan, on the southern side of the Hindu Kush. Utterly without mountaineering skills, Newby and his companion take a one-day crash course in Wales and then drive across Europe and the Middle East (a challenge in itself) to face various welcoming and unwelcoming tribes still living in isolation. Always amusing.
le 27 avril 2012
Format: BrochéAchat vérifié
This old paperback of a 1950 travel book is very funny and well worth reading. It was delivered very promptly and in good condition. Bravo AmazonI shall continue to buy through you (another bookis on its way)
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Dry English humor
le 26 décembre 2014 - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book is heralded as one of the greats of the "Travel Adventure" narratives but I found that it was overly long and drags on a bit for my taste. It does have some colorful characters and is loaded with dry English humor, but it could have had the same punch without slogging through the chapters where very little happens. The ending is quite abrupt, which I understand it is a trademark of the author's other works.
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A Classic of Travel Writing, Inexplicably Out of Print
le 30 octobre 2014 - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is one of the classic travel books, written with classic British understatement and wit. (The "short walk" of the title is very long indeed.) Anyone who likes to read about other people's travels, and especially anyone who prefers to enjoy reading about exotic, risky (and in this case of this book, now mostly unreachable) places is certain to love this book. All of which makes it simply astonishing that it's apparently out of print, and has been for many years.
A very funny and self-deprecating adventure classic about getting to and exploring ...
le 3 octobre 2016 - Publié sur Amazon.com
A very funny and self-deprecating adventure classic about getting to and exploring a remote part of Afghanistan, and a failed attempt to climb Mt Samir. Before there was Bill Bryson, there was Eric Newby. Another excellent reason to recommend the book is its portrait of an Afghanistan that existed before so much international meddling (Soviet, Pakistani, Iranian, American) doomed Afghans to the current dismal state of affairs. You can read about that woeful place in Christina Lamb's excellent Farewell Kabul.
le 13 mai 2014 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Of all the dozens of mountain ranges that converge in North Asia, perhaps the most daunting is the Hindu Kush, "the HIndu Killer", yet an adventurous businessman in the London fashion world, with a checkered history that spans both boat racing and a stint as a prisoner of war (1942-45), yet completely untrained at mountain climbing, decides to take a jaunt with a friend, with no more preparation than a hike on a hill in Wales. Their encounters and experiences are many, the descriptions dazzling, their confrontations with the world of the tribes and villagers utterly beguiling yet not always to their advantage. The book is outrageously funny, remarkably enterprising and absolutely irresistible. I have probably read it half a dozen times over the years and still laugh, to such an extent that I have searched out his other books as well, including his boat ride down the Ganges, which is hysterical.
travel writing at its best
le 12 juin 2017 - Publié sur Amazon.com
I love British travel writing. This book is a prime example. Intelligent, witty, informative, unpretentious and low-tech.
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