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Alpine Circus: A Skier's Exotic Adventures at the Snowy Edge of the World Hardcover – October 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; 1st edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558219242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558219243
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,941,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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YA-"Skiing ruined my life." This simple, forthright statement will hook readers. This book is a collection of 17 of Finkel's skiing adventures, many of which were previously published in Skiing magazine. The author skied on the slopes of Iran where women ski on separate slopes and only if they wear a black skirt over their ski pants and not a wisp of hair is visible. He skied with Mongolian herdsmen who taught themselves the sport when the government sent them used equipment. He jumped out of helicopters to snowboard on Alaska's Chugach Mountain. He even skied "The Toothbrush," a plastic surface of white PVC bristles, when he entered the British Dry Ski Slopes Championship. He finds adventure, humor, and insight at every turn. Give this book to any ski buff or armchair traveler. They'll get a great lesson in geography, world cultures, and human nature.
Jane S. Drabkin, Potomac Community Library, Woodbridge, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Finkel has been a contributing editor to Skiing magazine (as well as other sports and general publications) for the last ten years and an avid skier since the age of five. For this book, he has compiled stories about his adventures. Ranging from humorous to exciting to death-defying, these stories span five continents and 12 winters. Finkel takes the reader places not normally associated with skiing, like Iran (where even women ski), Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Mount Kilimanjaro, Greenland, New York City, and even an interstate truck ramp. His stories are filled with the varied, fascinating people he meets along the way; and he shows insight into the different cultures, histories, geologies, and geographies of the places he visits. Lots of fun for the armchair traveler and world adventurer alike.AMelinda Stivers Leach, Precision Editorial Svcs., Wondervu, CO
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Larry Sterne on December 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My wife got me this book for Christmas. I finished it the next morning! Wonderful stories about skiing in Iran, China, Bolivia etc. all told with verve and tremendous skill. I love skiing, but anyone who enjoys reading about adventure will love these stories. BUY THIS BOOK!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Henasey on March 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A great collection of unforgettable skiing stories that takes you around the globe to some of the most remote areas of the world. After reading every authors stop, you feel as if you've been there also. Easy to read, funny, and worth reading again and again...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By doug lansky on February 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Three thumbs up. Now I don't have to launch myself off a 40 meter ski jump or attempt a 60-degree couloir . . . Mr. Finkel has done it for me. But skiing is just the thread that weaves this collection of diverse stories together as the book touches on Iranian politics, ski development in China (or lack thereof), the war in Sarajevo, pre-Salt Lake City Olympic bribery, and countless others. Having said that, there's also enough enjoyable virgin pistes and well-carved turns (on skis, telemarks, and snowboards) to satisfy the most selfish powder pig.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "joannefry" on January 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you have a passion for skiing and traveling, this is the book for you! It's an easy read - several short stories about the author's ski adventures in the U.S. and abroad. A very enjoyable book that's hard to put down...you just want to keep reading on to his next adventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffry A. Blumenfeld on November 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I've loved Finkel's columns in Skiing magazine and relived his many amazing experiences on skis through this book. He's a Hemingway on Skis - a great writer and adventurer. My ski trips should be only half as memorable.
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