Nanda Devi: A Journey to the Last Sanctuary Paperback – February 1, 2005
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- Item Weight : 8.5 ounces
- Paperback : 232 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0753818477
- ISBN-13 : 978-0753818473
- Dimensions : 5.1 x 0.73 x 7.6 inches
- Publisher : Phoenix (February 1, 2005)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,022,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But I needn't have worried. It is a fascinating ramble through the author's own expedition and through the history of Nanda Devi. Not just the attempts to climb the mountain itself, but the attitudes and history of the surrounding area, the sanctuary, if you will. Apparently early attempts to explore the mountain were thwarted by how difficult it is just to approach the mountain, plus the government's tendency not to allow access to it. The fact that the author gained permission was perhaps as great a feat as climbing to the top!
Thomson shows a reverence for the area and its history, and seems to tell a balanced history of earlier attempts. I had read brief descriptions of the death of the woman mountaineer who was named after this mountain, but not enough to appreciate how tragic it was. Thomson's description of that expedition will allow me to read the earlier book on the subject with a more critical eye, because "official" expedition books sometimes present a sanitized depiction of events and team dynamics.
So I guess the sentence I read was correct: this is not strictly speaking a book on mountaineering, but there were elements of a few genres: travel, biography, and yes, climbing, and I was happy with the result.
Written in a straight forward manner, keeping our interest but not making the read a job with complicated plots and subplots.
Recommended to us by someone not interested in mountain adventures, but who never the less enjoyed the book.
Includes color and b/w photos.
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What he has to say about his expedition can fit in one A4 page so he keeps drawing from other authors books and expeditions including paradise lost
He is critical of people around him and portrays then in poor light
Indian government should have interviewed people going on this expedition