Himalaya: A Human History Paperback – 1 November 2020
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A panoramic history of the region ... Such a complex range of subjects is not easy to press into a coherent narrative ... Douglas ... does so with extraordinary aplomb ... rigorous and informative ... highly readable ... never lacking freshness and rich in compelling detail ― Literary Review
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- Publisher : Bodley Head (1 November 2020); Penguin Random House
- Language : English
- Paperback : 592 pages
- ISBN-10 : 184792414X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1847924148
- Item Weight : 920 g
- Dimensions : 15.4 x 3.3 x 23.3 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Importer : Penguin Random House
- Packer : Penguin Random House
- Generic Name : Book
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are a good many photographs of people associated with the Himalaya, but surprisingly few of the places and mountains themselves, almost to the extent that the Himalaya become the elephant in the room within their own story. One feels that either the author or the publishers wanted to avoid this appearing to be a coffee-table book. But this is a pity, and a lost opportunity. The cover has a stunning photo of the Tiger's Nest Temple in Bhutan, and a few more images like this in the book itself would have immensely improved its appeal and served to remind us why this extraordinary region has had such a unique hold on our imaginations throughout the centuries.
Possibly best regarded as a reference book rather than a cover-to-cover read, but highly recommended nonetheless.
Minor points though - a towering achievement.