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A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush
By Eric Newby
8/10 from 2 reviews
Categories: Travel
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2 reviews
A hard slog - in many ways....
Although I did finish A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush, I never want to read any Eric Newby ever again - just too "child of the empire" with the innate cultural arrogance of a stereotypical 1950s upper class (?) ex army officer.

However, on the plus side, you do get a fascinating insight into central asian (not just afghanistani) society, culture and history, which although irrevocably lost (given that you can go on Explore trips to this part of the world ....) nevertheless remains relevant today.
Rating: 5/10
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Posted by Mary on Wed, 7th May 2003, 7:11pm
Read it, it's good.
A fascinating insight into a land about which we hear very little, and from a time before it was ruined by war.

Newby charts an extraordinary journey from the London fashion world to Mir Samir in Afghanistan, a peak within the Hindu Kush mountain system, with three whole days of climbing training in Caernarvonshire as preparation..

It's funny, honest and amazing that he lived to tell the tale.
Rating: 10/10
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Posted by smoo on Wed, 18th July 2001, 3:32pm
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