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Length: 148 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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The notes for this book were jotted down whilst trekking to Base Camp in 2003.  This was  a memorable year  as Everest felt like the only safe place in Asia with SARS breaking out everywhere in North Asia - its epicentre in Hong Kong where I was living at the time. It was also  a memorable  year for Everest, being the 50th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay summating Everest.  A lot of Everest personalities were in Nepal at this time and we timed our trek to make the big celebrations in Tengboche which is an important part of the story.

The idea for writing this book from a fleas perspective probably came from lying down  on the stone porters benches and looking up at the mountains and  feeling how much bigger the world looks in the Himalayas.  There were also so many interesting  animals - yaks, goats, birds and characters - climbers, monks, porters, yak herders - all travelling towards the worlds highest mountain and a flea  seemed an appropriate fly on the wall.

Product Details

  • File Size: 377 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Laksa Books; 1 edition (July 9, 2012)
  • Publication Date: July 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008JI3BAQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Bruce Foreman was born in Sydney, Australia. He works as a photographer based out of Hong Kong, and travels compulsivlely through Asia in search of poetic moments. He has published the Yangshuo Cooking School Cookbook (available only by taking a cooking class at the Yangshuo Cooking School), and A Poetic Universe - a daily calendar of Tibetan photographs matched to inspirational quotes - also available as an iPhone app with a prayer wheel that you spin your self to produce a random poetic moment.

Flea, a Himalayan Adventure, was a book born during the time of SARS, when Everest seemed to be the safest and least depressing place to be. It is a book that messes with scale - the highest place in the world from the perspective of one of the smallest, "least important" creatures, who is not impressed by grandeur, hates travel, but has the most incredible adventures anyway.

Bruce currently freelances as a travel writer for CNN Travel, Our Planet Travel, and Eco Zine. He is working with The Hutong in Beijing to create a Heritage Appreciation Service Programme for International School students in the spectacular Fujian Tulou in China.

A cycling and motor biking addict, Bruce has also created Bikeaways ( - a tiny travel company that use bikes to get into the sweetest spots in a fast changing planet. Employing farmers as guides on his southern China bike trips, Bruce is now working on a South China Almanac and Calendar to capture the wisdom of the farmers who are guided by the sun and the moon and farm to the poetry of folk stories that tell them when and what to plant. It is a work in progress.

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An epic Everest tale from the perspective of... a flea? I loved my time in the Himalayas, so when I heard of Flea, I downloaded the Free Preview out of sheer curiosity. I never expected to become so enthralled in the humorous but also suspenseful and very life-like trials of an Aussie flea who ends up on a life-and-death ascent of Everest when he wanted nothing more than to spend his days eating and sleeping on the belly of Bazza, his beloved dog. Just as he managed to hitchhike with an Aussie headed home, the free preview ended--and I waited all of half a minute before I purchased the book to find out what happened next.

What really amazed me about the book was how plausible Foreman made the journey, and how he brought to life people and places one would meet on such a journey, from Kathmandu to the summit of Everest itself. The small details--like Janelle and her Lopis Voitoin label bag to the good-natured streetside entrepreneurs, showed the book was written by someone who had made the trip firsthand, and not via Google-Earth and Wikipedia (surprising how many do that nowadays).

I laughed out loud at some observations. Janelle "hated that about traveling. All these cool things to buy and wear, but almost every traveller ended up dressed in the same ethnic uniform." And characters such as the Russian beauty, Maleta, who pointed to her pile of luggage and said, "and yes, I need a porter to help me carry my make-up to ze Everest Base Camp."

The vivid descriptions of Everest evoked memories of my own travels--the stark beauty and stillness, and incredible night skies, and Foreman's "frothy snowmelt, all the way from Everest, flowed like a milkshake through the narrow gorge that dissected the village...
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Never again will I put down fleas. After reading this book I fell in love with the Character of Flea, even if he is does lack a sense of adventure and spends his the whole time looking for shaggy, warm places to nestle and drink blood. It was so much fun taking this adventure with Flea, looking at things from a Fleas eye view. The characters he met were so varied and entertaining, I laughed all through the book. I loved reading about his encounter with Moonbeam, the hippy Nepalese Flea. Thsi book has been written with a real sense of humour and get's you sucked in right from the start.
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I have always been interested in Nepal, but never been there. The book was funny, moving and full of suspense all at the same time. I enjoyed reading it immensely and felt I was in one of the pictures of the Himalayas. Wonderful read for kids and adults alike.
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Flea is a humorous, off-the-wall companion guide to anyone walking the Everest trek. The book gives you a great description of the route from Lukla all the way to the top of the mountain, as well as the lowdown on the culture of the Sherpa's, and the significance of the mountains, which are holy to the Nepalese people - but from a flea's perspective.

As a fan of the outdoors, I loved the mountaineering aspect of the book... the crazy climbers, and the not so subtle criticism of the Everest circus by Flea. I loved that the story was told in a humorous and light hearted way...I mean how seriously can you take a flea who hates every moment of his travel experience yet describing it all so well. As comic as this story is, you realise that Flea (that's his name as well as what he is) does offers a very different perspective. Not only is everything in Flea's world larger than life, but by his insect nature, he craves security, warmth and low lighting rather than the freezing cold, bleak, dangerous and exposed mountain he ends up on - and which everyone else around him seems to love so much. It's a good reminder that everything is dependent upon perspective. There are deeper currents running through this book than just a humorous travel adventure.

And it's a thrilling read.

Recommended reading for anyone traveling to Nepal or anyone who likes a bit of attitude with their travel writing.
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