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Mountains Of The Mind: A History Of A Fascination by [Robert Macfarlane]
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Mountains Of The Mind: A History Of A Fascination Kindle Edition

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This is a lovely book, one that touches and surprises like sunlight moving across a range of hills. As a child, staying in his grandparents' Scottish home, Macfarlane couldn't sleep one night and idly took down The Fight for Everest from the shelves. In the course of that moonlit night, an obsession was born - one that would lead him to scale mountains himself and ultimately result in this thoughtful meditation on our love of high and remote places. We love mountains, he believes, because 'ultimately. they quicken our sense of wonder. which can so easily be leached away by modern existence, and they urge us to apply that wonder to our own everyday lives'. This is a beautifully written, lyrical and intelligent study that could well appear on the Boardman Tasker shortlist. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Combining accounts of legendary mountain ascents with vivid descriptions of his own forays into wild, high landscapes, Robert McFarlane reveals how the mystery of the world's highest places has came to grip the Western imagination--and perennially draws legions of adventurers up the most perilous slopes.
His story begins three centuries ago, when mountains were feared as the forbidding abodes of dragons and other mysterious beasts. In the mid-1700s the attentions of both science and poetry sparked a passion for mountains; Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Lord Byron extolled the sublime experiences to be had on high; and by 1924 the death on Mt Everest of an Englishman named George Mallory came to symbolize the heroic ideals of his day. Macfarlane also reflects on fear, risk, and the shattering beauty of ice and snow, the competition and contemplation of the climb, and the strange alternate reality of high altitude, magically enveloping us in the allure of mountains at every level. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B003DX0HYA
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Granta Books (2 July 2009)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 9146 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 326 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 405 ratings

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Podiceps cristatus
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
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A. G. Young
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read (but you can keep your crampons - I'm happy to climb by armchair).
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 May 2021
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jonxboy
4.0 out of 5 stars As ever, Robert McFarlane's writing is beautiful and stimulating
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 June 2017
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Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine work of art
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4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual but enjoyable read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 February 2013
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