Michael Palin tackles the full length of the Himalaya in this terrific number one bestseller.Having risen to the challenge of seas, poles, dhows and deserts, the highest mountains in the world were a natural target for Michael Palin In a journey rarely, if ever, attempted before, in 6 months of hard travelling Palin takes on the full length of the Himalaya including the Khyber Pass, the hidden valleys of the Hindu Kush, ancient cities like Peshawar and Lahore, the mighty peaks of K2, Annapurna and Everest, the gorges of the Yangtze, the tribal lands of the Indo Burmese border and the vast Brahmaputra delta in Bangladesh.Facing altitudes as high as 17,500 feet as well as some of the world s deepest gorges, Palin also passed through political flashpoints like Pakistan s remote north west frontier, terrorist torn Kashmir and the mountains of Nagaland, only recently open to visitors....
|Title||:||Himalaya (English Edition)|
|Publisher||:||Weidenfeld Nicolson 27 Mai 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||261 Pages|
|File Size||:||768 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Himalaya (English Edition) Reviews
I own quite a lot of Michael Palins' Travel Books and I love them all. You learn so much about countries, accomodations, transport, etc. when you read them and I love his style, especially the British dry humour he has, First I bought this book for my son and then I decided that I would need a copy of my own... :-)
This is a very entertaining and informative book for Himalayan travellers. The author is no doubt a witty, spirited gifted writer. He succeeded in writing a readable account of his hasty journey through all the Himalaya states. But one thing you should know before you buy this book. Palin is a privileged VIP who is performing a well organised and guided VIP journey to VIPs, encountering VIps, taking advantage of VIPs, talking mainly to VIPs and thinking a lot about them. So, this is not the true Himalaya, neither the circumstances in which You will find yourself when travelling to all these or only one of these places. I know most of theses places by own witness and I was sometimes bewildered, sometimes amused how different the authors experiences and conclusions were to mine. You get a wrong idea if you want to learn something about the Himalaya as a prospective traveller and only read this book. A good idea is to read this book while travelling there. It gives you mostly the impression, yes , this the same place but I can see it with totally different eyes.I can commend this book if you do not take it too serious!
What great fun this book is. He has a light touch, using language prettily without laying it on too thick. He gives you glimpses of here and there, conversations with plain folks, descriptions of the little things he sees, maybe with an emphasis on the silly and ironic. Most of the humor is directed at himself, though.He's not a judgmental traveler (although some food-related preferences are noticeable); he stays well away from assuming he knows what's good or bad about a place and instead just talks about what he finds. I like this. His impression of Srinagar would be a great example.Oddly the writing for the book seems better rounded and more sensible than the narration for the Himalaya series. Maybe it's a function of the final format of the video part of the project. I'm glad I read the book in addition to watching; I got more out of the series this way and never felt like the book was solely repetitive of anything I saw.Kim was one of my favorite books as a child. The Himalaya series happens to illuminate many of the places I read about in that novel, so it was fun for me in that respect too.
Michael Palin (and editors, etc.) provided me a great read, some lovely photographs, and an entertaining armchair trip thru the coutries "containing" (if any country can indeed "contain" such a physical bodiment, much like the Sahara, the Amazon, and so on) the Himalayas; with the highlands and lowlands, hamlets, small villages, huge cities, religions, and most important (as Palin points out at the end of the book) - the people in these countries. You'll learn about history, and people, religion today and yesterday... and of multitudes' and individuals' achievements. For instance: I never knew it was possible to sleep on Mt. Everest. Learn something new everyday.
This is the third time I've purchased this book as people keep "borrowing" it and I never get it back. Well-written, hugely funny and lots of excellent photos. This is a great companion to Michael Palin's HIMALAYA DVD series, which I also have a do not let anyone borrow.
A really old world place and dangerousNot planning a trip there anytime in the future
I loved this book!