A Short walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby

About the book

The view was colossal. Below us on every side mountain surged away it seemed forever; we looked down on glaciers and snow-covered peaks that perhaps no one has ever seen before, except from the air.’
Feeling restless in the world of London’s high-fashion industry, Eric Newby asked a friend to accompany him on a mountain-climbing expedition in the wild and remote Hindu Kush, in north-eastern Afghanistan. And so they went – although they did stop first for four days of climbing lessons in Wales – becoming the first Englishmen to visit this spectacular region for more than half a century. Newby’s frank and funny account of their expedition to what is still amongst the world’s most isolated areas is one of the classics of travel writing.

Reviewed by Kingsclere Reading Group:

A mixed response: some loved it, others found it a bit dull. Good discussion about the attitudes shown by writer to ethnic groups he met. Quality of his writing enjoyed. All pleased that we read a book we might otherwise have rejected.

Star rating: ***

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2 thoughts on “A Short walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby”

  1. Review by Southsea Literature Group:
    A thoroughly enjoyable read. Full of incident giving colour to landscape, people and way of life of an area of the world little know or understood even today.
    Star rating: ****


  2. Review by Wallington Village:
    Enjoyable. Very vivid descriptions. The author adopts the reader. Terrific writing. Difficult names. More of a mans book. So British. Typical upper class adventure. Author very observant – noticed so much about people. Sense of humour. Bit dated.
    Star rating: **


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