A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

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A humorous overview of Eric Newby's travels from Mayfair to the mountains of the Hindu Kush, north-east of Kabul, offering insight into the numerous eccentric characters and adventures he met along the way, and descriptions of the spectacular wilderness of Afghanistan. Last published in 1981.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 18mm | 181.44g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • illustrations, maps
  • 0330266233
  • 9780330266239
  • 532,582

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An American reader criticized this book for being 'too English'. It is its Englishness, of course, that makes it what it is - a witty account of a great and noble failure. Together with the diplomat Hugh Carless, the young Newby sets out for the Hindu Kush. They make an odd couple. Carless speaks Persian, can fix the jeep and knows the names of all the butterflies they see. It's Newby who drops the candle while Carless is endeavouring to fix the underside of the engine and it's Newby who gets food poisoning. And Newby who comes across as likeably inept. The two bump into Wilfred Thesiger - even more English than they are - who looks on in amazement as they pump up their airbeds. 'God', says the great explorer, 'you must be a couple of pansies.' (Kirkus UK)show more

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3,844 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
5 33% (1,287)
4 39% (1,495)
3 21% (810)
2 5% (186)
1 2% (66)
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