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A short walk in the Hindu Kush de Eric Newby
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A short walk in the Hindu Kush (1958 original; edició 2008)

de Eric Newby

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When Eric Newby, fashion industry worker and inexperienced hill walker, decided after 10 years in haute couture he needed a change he took 4 days training in Wales then walked the Hindu Kush. This is his account of an entertaining time in the hills
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Títol:A short walk in the Hindu Kush
Autors:Eric Newby
Informació:London : Picador, 2008.
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This book has been on my wishlist for a very long time and I finally decided to reserve it at my local library. I first became aware of it quite a few years ago while reading about the flora of the Hindu Kush region online. The title of the book was mentioned in the comments section and I thought to myself that I must read it one day. Over the course of a few years, every time I read a list or article about the best travel writing Newby's name kept coming up. I did not know that the book was based around an expedition to climb Mir Samir but I have an interest in climbing and mountaineering so this was more than welcome.

The book begins with Newby working in the fashion industry in London and becoming bored at what he is doing. Out of the blue he decided to send a cable to his friend Hugh Carless with the simple but fateful message - Can you travel Nuristan, June? An affirmative reply followed a short time later which set the wheels in motion for a quite crazy expedition. It soon became apparent that for them to be allowed into the region they would have to travel under the premise of doing some climbing. Newby initially assumed that Carless had a good degree of climbing experience but this was revealed to be a misguided assumption. The solution for most people at this point would be to postpone the trip but they decided that four days spent climbing in Wales would be sufficient for their needs. This climbing trip in Wales revealed to them how short of experience they were, but in the tradition of slightly eccentric British explorers of the time, they set off anyway.

The rest of the book details their travels from London all the way to Afghanistan, and their attempts to scale Mir Samir. How they made it back alive is quite incredible given their lack of experience and the hardships they ran into along the way. Despite this, it does not come across as a fools errand, even though, in the cold light of day it clearly was. I really liked the way that Newby doesn't shy away from the tensions that arose between the members of the party, even if they were short lived. The book is written in good humour and there were a few passages that had me laughing out loud. My edition had an epilogue written by Carless for the 50th anniversary edition and a collection of about 10 black and white photographs. There would have been more photographs but for an accident during the last stages of the expedition that damaged most of the photography equipment.

This was a really enjoyable book and I can see why it is so highly regarded. ( )
  Brian. | Jul 25, 2021 |
Newby had been recommended to me by my brother's girlfriend, years ago, when I was paying them a visit and had taken to perusing their bookcase. It took me a while to get around to reading his work myself - was I put off by the name Eric? Perhaps, but that's unfair - and I'm very glad now of the recommendation.

One thing that struck me here, as it has done elsewhere, is the travel writer's perfect recall. Newby is able to report long, fact-laden sentences, directly quoted by people who I doubt were speaking English at the time. It's something I remember being the case with Theroux as well. I can't do it - I end up fabricating something along the way. Likewise with his descriptions of the natural geography and geology of the places he sees - where I might talk of a massive rock, Newby is able to go on for two or three pages at a time, and yet it works so well. I suppose that is what separates the professionals (Newby et al) from the dilettantes (yours truly). ( )
  soylentgreen23 | Jan 26, 2020 |
Funny but prejudiced, this is a fairly entertaining story about one of those nutty British guys who gets a crazy idea.
He decides to walk through some of the roughest terrain in the world, in Afghanistan. His attitude toward difficulties is great, but his attitude toward the people who lived there was...condescending.
This book was just okay, and the ending was terribly rushed. Not really recommended. ( )
  bohemima | Aug 5, 2018 |
Fascinating account of trekking in NE Afghanistan in the mid-1950sny two Brits. Particularly interesting in the context of current geo-political and environmental condtions. For example, text and maps indicate multiple glaciers surrounding the peak they attempt to climb. Following their travels via Google Earth, it looks like only one glacier remains. ( )
  Grace.Van.Moer | Sep 25, 2017 |
Classic travel/adventure literature. Newby captures the whole ethos of the British amateur traveller of previous generations, the casual can-do determination alongside the equally casual planning and preparation. His wry, self-deprecating humour is the perfect vehicle to capture the curious mixture of naivety, modesty and self-assurance bordering on arrogance of the travellers, but also gives an insight into the places and people of the Hindu Kush. 9 September 2016 ( )
  alanca | Sep 28, 2016 |
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This classic trek from 1958 sees him blunder through the Near East and into Afghanisatn, through a rugged land of dangers and marvels where "we shoot people without permission" (plus ça change). In a gloriously improbable finale, he runs into Wilfred Thesiger himself. The epic voyager meets his lighter-hearted heir – but Newby, for all comic gift, never loses for one dusty mountain mile his own"capacity for wonderment"
 

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Newby, EricAutorautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Carless, HughEpilogueautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Grant, Richard E.Introduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Véron, MarianneTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Waugh, EvelynPrefaceautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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'Il faudrait une expedition bien organisee et pourvue de moyens materiels puissants pour tenter l'etude de cette region de haute montagne dont les rares cols sont a plus de 5000 metres d'altitude.'
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CAN YOU TRAVEL NURISTAN JUNE?
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