A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

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Picador, 2008 - Hiking - 256 pages
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When Eric Newby, improbably earning his living in the London haute-couture trade, sent his fateful cable – CAN YOU TRAVEL NURISTAN JUNE? – it was the first step on a legendary journey from Mayfair to Afghanistan and the mountains of the Hindu Kush, north-east of Kabul. Ill-prepared and inexperienced, Newby and Carless endured a month of hardship with great good humour in one of the most beautiful wildernesses on earth.

‘The most successful travel writer of his generation. It’s impossible to read this book without laughing aloud’ Observer

‘Tough, extrovert, humorous and immensely literate’ Times Literary Supplement

‘Full of serendipity and surprise’ The Economist

‘A total success’ New Yorker

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I never give five stars, so here goes for my four.
At first I was on my guard expecting a boing and boarish tale of gung-ho, of a couple of wealthyish, carefree young men going out adventuring - and
on a relatively pointless adventure as it happens.
My hackles rose as my aged mother gave me a brief outline and handed me the book, indeed the scene setting and characters annoyed me for a few pages, but soon it was just so daft but so well written that I laughed and laughed and marvelled increasingly at the insouciant hardiness and naivety of these young men.
A journey that should not to be undertaken again by anyone I would say.
The descriptions are still lively in my mind's eye, the distant lands, the valleys from paradise, the isolated people of the mountains, even the chronic cholitis and vomiting was amusing.
I want to follow Newby and Carless (so apt) again, but I want the book in a Kindle or ebook version, it's best to travel light and unencumbered...
 

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About the author (2008)

Eric Newby was born in London in 1919. Throughout his life he travelled on a grand scale, either under his own steam or as Travel Editor of the Observer. He is the author of eighteen books, was made CBE in 1994, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the British Guild of Travel Writers in 2001. He died in 2006.

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