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A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

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This Folio edition is in excellent, pretty much ' as new' condition, with good slipcase. The book would appear to have been unread. Includes a map of the walk and several full page black and white photographs. A nice, tidy copy.

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush is a 1958 book by the English travel writer Eric Newby. It is an autobiographical account of his adventures in the Hindu Kush, around the Nuristan mountains of Afghanistan, ostensibly to make the first mountaineering ascent of Mir Samir. Critics have found it comic, intensely English, and understated. The action in the book moves from Newby's life in the fashion business in London to Afghanistan. On the way Newby describes his very brief training in mountaineering in North Wales, a stop in Istanbul, and a nearly-disastrous drive across Turkey and Persia. They are driven out to the Panjshir Valley, where they begin their walk, with many small hardships described in a humorous narrative, supported by genuine history of Nuristan and brief descriptions of the rare moments of beauty along the way. Disagreements with Newby's Persian-speaking companion Hugh Carless, and odd phrases in an antique grammar book, are exploited to comic effect.

Item details

Author(s):
Newby, Eric
Condition:
Fine
Edition:
Other
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
232
Publisher:
The Folio Society

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This Folio edition is in excellent, pretty much ' as new' condition, with good slipcase. The book would appear to have been unread. Includes a map of the walk and several full page black and white photographs. A nice, tidy copy.

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush is a 1958 book by the English travel writer Eric Newby. It is an autobiographical account of his adventures in the Hindu Kush, around the Nuristan mountains of Afghanistan, ostensibly to make the first mountaineering ascent of Mir Samir. Critics have found it comic, intensely English, and understated. The action in the book moves from Newby's life in the fashion business in London to Afghanistan. On the way Newby describes his very brief training in mountaineering in North Wales, a stop in Istanbul, and a nearly-disastrous drive across Turkey and Persia. They are driven out to the Panjshir Valley, where they begin their walk, with many small hardships described in a humorous narrative, supported by genuine history of Nuristan and brief descriptions of the rare moments of beauty along the way. Disagreements with Newby's Persian-speaking companion Hugh Carless, and odd phrases in an antique grammar book, are exploited to comic effect.

Author(s):
Newby, Eric
Condition:
Fine
Edition:
Other
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
232
Publisher:
The Folio Society

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