No Picnic on Mount Kenya: A Daring Escape, a Perilous Climb

No Picnic on Mount Kenya: A Daring Escape, a Perilous Climb

by Felice Benuzzi
     
 

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In No Picnic on Mount Kenya, Felice Benuzzi recounts one of the most bizarre and daring adventures of this century. In 1943, Benuzzi and two fellow Italian prisoners of war escaped from a British camp in equatorial East Africa with one goal�to climb the seventeen-thousand-foot Mount Kenya. Filled with suspense and humor, it is an extraordinary story that has… See more details below

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In No Picnic on Mount Kenya, Felice Benuzzi recounts one of the most bizarre and daring adventures of this century. In 1943, Benuzzi and two fellow Italian prisoners of war escaped from a British camp in equatorial East Africa with one goal�to climb the seventeen-thousand-foot Mount Kenya. Filled with suspense and humor, it is an extraordinary story that has earned its place as a masterpiece.

Editorial Reviews

Robert Payne
Gay adventure, this, with the quality of truth.
The New York Times Book Review, 1953
New Yorker
A most extraordinary and well-written prisoner-of-war and escape story. Yorker
New York Times Book Review
A tale worth reading by any convert to the joys of mountaineering literature . . . Benuzzi�s paradoxical mixture of pride and self-mocking humility is attractive; his courage is amazing; his story is dramatic.
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On National Geographic’s list of “Extreme Classics: 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All-Time”

“A tale worth reading . . . Mr. Benuzzi’s paradoxical mixture of pride and self-mocking humility is attractive; his courage is amazing; his story dramatic.” --The New York Times

“The history of mountaineering can hardly present a parallel to this mad but thrilling escapade.” --Saturday Review

“A wonderful story of crazy courage that warms the heart!” --Library Journal

“For some this may be the book of its kind . . . For this was an adventure more poetic than practical, and this was its special quality . . . If Signor Benuzzi never climbs another mountain, this one was something to remember, and is his good and vivid book.” --New York Herald Tribune Book Review

"It was a mad venture but a gallant tribute to man's deep yearning for freedom. . . Appealing."--Kirkus Review

"Several qualities lift this book to the top class of adventure stories. There is the sense of style about the whole enterprise; to yield its maximum satisfaction, the escapade had to observe a strict code. . . More important, there is the spirit in which the whole adventure was undertaken."--Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781558218765
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Pages:
239
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.14(h) x 0.71(d)

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