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by Eric Newby

eBook A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush download ISBN: 0864426046
Author: Eric Newby
Publisher: Lonely Planet; Reprint edition (September 1, 1998)
Language: English
Pages: 272
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A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush is a 1958 book by the English travel writer Eric Newby

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush is a 1958 book by the English travel writer Eric Newby. Critics have found it comic, intensely English, and understated. It has sold over 500,000 copies in paperback.

Eric Newby describes his travels in the mountains of Afghanistan. He has also written The Last Grain Race. I am an unabashed partisan of A SHORT WALK IN THE HINDU KUSH

Eric Newby describes his travels in the mountains of Afghanistan. I am an unabashed partisan of A SHORT WALK IN THE HINDU KUSH.

Preface by Evelyn Waugh. Epilogue by Hugh Carless. Mr Eric Newby must not be confused with the other English writer of the same surname. I began reading A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush in the belief that it was the work of his namesake, whom I have long relished. I found something equally delightful but quite different.

He had already been down to the aylaq and returned, and we wondered what had brought him back to meet us half-way up again. He had been waiting for several hours, news of our failure on the mountain. having reached him by the mysterious system of communication, part telegraphy, part telepathy, that operates all over Asia. With him he had brought a loaf of bread for each of us. It had been cooked in butter and was just sufficiently burnt to make it delicious, far better than the awful stodges produced by our drivers

Published also under title: A short walk; a preposterous adventure.

Published also under title: A short walk; a preposterous adventure.

Start by marking A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush as Want to Read . If I have any quibbles with the book, they concern the ending, which is rather abrupt and leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

Start by marking A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. 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. The rest of the book, however, is excellent, especially the second half. Highly recommended to armchair travellers and real explorers alike.

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The view was colossal. Below us on every side mountains 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 an old 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 mor ethan 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.
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I am an unabashed partisan of A SHORT WALK IN THE HINDU KUSH. Eric Newby's story is a kind of cross between the tough-it-out, Wilfred Thesiger-type journal that pits a Westerner against a nearly impossible environment (here: the world's most forbidding mountainscapes), and the more modern, "around the world in a bad mood" account that has as much to do with the inter-personal relationships of Newby and his crew than with alien civilizations. Newby found himself stuck in post-WWII England in a purely decorative field, and takes on this trek mainly to relieve his boredom, or so it seems. Yet when he's out in the field, suffering his most physically, he's having a hell of a good time, and he relates these contradictions memorably. HINDU KUSH is sophisticated, funny, has drive, and is immensely informative about a country (Afghanistan) that is such a crazy-quilt of religions, cultures and languages that it helped me understand why, even today, no invading empire can get a handle on it. It's just a joy to read IMO.
... or in the Hindu Kush of today.

The subject line is a classic one that flashes across the TV screen when professional stunt-persons are engaged in a particularly dangerous activity, and the show's producers want to protect themselves from lawsuits from an outrageously ill-prepared amateur sitting at home who goes out and attempts the same dangerous activity. This is a delightful story of two outrageously ill-prepared amateurs, Eric Newby and Hugh Carless, impulsively pursuing a whim, and not only living to tell the tale, but providing this very well-written account of same.

The year was 1956. Both men were in their mid-30's. Both had survived the Second World War (Newby as a prisoner for three years). Newby was working in the family business, in the "rag-trade," that is, high fashion clothing for women. Newby needs OUT, and cables his friend, asking if he'd be interested in going to one of the more remote spots on earth, Nuristan, in northeastern Afghanistan, and climb a mountain. He receives a positive response, and the adventure of a lifetime - well, not really, seems like Newby in particular had several others - commenced.

Though neither were the wimps that Wilfred Thesiger, who used a more politically incorrect word, would accuse them of being when they had a chance meeting in Afghanistan, still, neither had ever done any technical climbing (that is, with ropes, karabiners, et al.). (This is the same Thesiger who twice crossed the Rub Al Khali of the Arabian peninsula, and would live with the Marsh Arabs of southern Iraq for a couple of years). Carless and Newby set off for Wales to learn the skills of mountaineering... "belaying" and all... in a couple of days! That would be their total training. They then drove to Afghanistan, across Europe, and taking a (familiar to me) overland route through Turkey and Iran, and on to Kabul. Carless was in the British diplomatic service, with his next posting in Tehran. Time was limited, so they never had enough to "smell the roses." He had been in this area of Afghanistan before, and surveyed much of the territory. They drove north from Kabul, and were soon in Panjshir Valley, walking, with horses and Afghani guides.

Newby writes well. He is fully knowledgeable with the names of the flora and fauna. He lovingly describes the landscape (if Newby's words are not enough, I highly recommend some of the books of photography, produced by a French couple, Roland and Sabrina Michaud including Afghanistan and Caravans to Tartary who were there an approximately the same time). Newby's style is well-executed British understatement, as suggested by the title. (Hindu Kush means "Hindu killer," purportedly because so many low-land Hindus who were captured by Mongol raiders, to be taken to the slave markets of central Asia, died in these mountains.)

Neither Carless nor Newby had ever climbed on ice or snow before, but they attempt to climb Mir Samir, which is 19,880 ft. The Afghani guides, who did not accompany them on the climb, never thought they'd see them again. At times, they are literally reading the how-to manual as they climb. How many times they could have died... but it truly was a case of "beginners luck", as well as some understated British fortitude.

In the last third of the book they make it into Nuristan (which means country of light), and was renamed from "Kafirstan", (country of unbelievers) after their mass conversion - at the point of the sword - at the end of the 19th century.

There is an introduction by Evelyn Waugh who wryly notes: "For more than two hundred years now Englishmen have been wandering about the world for their amusement, suspect everywhere as government agents, to the great embarrassment of our officials." On a whim and a lark, "because it was there" motivation, a wonderful impulsive journey well-told. 5-stars.
Absolutely wonderful travel book. If you know Afghanistan before the wars (pre 1978) there are some very funny parts. I loved his description of the glass display counter in the government hotel lobby in Herat. "Two rusty cans of Russian peas, a packet of dusty Pakistani biscuits (cookies), a sticky spot which might once have been sweets, a bent clothes hanger, and a number of dead flies." These items were still standard in government hotel display cases in the 1970s. In any case, it is a wonderful depiction of pre-war Afghanistan, which in those days was a beautiful, friendly, and hospitable country ... Mostly. Note that the quote above is from memory... I think I mentioned all the items but they may be out of order.????
Of all the dozens of mountain ranges that converge in North Asia, perhaps the most daunting is the Hindu Kush, "the HIndu Killer", yet an adventurous businessman in the London fashion world, with a checkered history that spans both boat racing and a stint as a prisoner of war (1942-45), yet completely untrained at mountain climbing, decides to take a jaunt with a friend, with no more preparation than a hike on a hill in Wales. Their encounters and experiences are many, the descriptions dazzling, their confrontations with the world of the tribes and villagers utterly beguiling yet not always to their advantage. The book is outrageously funny, remarkably enterprising and absolutely irresistible. I have probably read it half a dozen times over the years and still laugh, to such an extent that I have searched out his other books as well, including his boat ride down the Ganges, which is hysterical.
This book is heralded as one of the greats of the "Travel Adventure" narratives but I found that it was overly long and drags on a bit for my taste. It does have some colorful characters and is loaded with dry English humor, but it could have had the same punch without slogging through the chapters where very little happens. The ending is quite abrupt, which I understand it is a trademark of the author's other works.
great ant
A shocking book! Two Englishmen who've never climbed before set off to visit the mountains in Afghanistan. They drive across Europe (a challenge itself) and then arrive to face tribes who've never seen westerners, not to mention the unknown mountains. Evelyn Waugh wrote the preface, so that gives you an idea about this book, whose title is itself an understatement. Serious and funnyl!
energy breath
Delightful, engaging, frequently-humorous tale of two less than experienced English mountain climbers attempting a difficult climb in a very remote part of Afghanistan. Somewhat hard to find this book; it had been on my wish list for a number of years. I have also read and can recommend Eric Newby's Love and War in the Apennines.