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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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A new edition of one of National Geographic’s "Greatest Adventure Books of All-Time”--with new illustrations from the author

In 1943, Felice Benuzzi and two Italian compatriots escaped from a British POW camp in equatorial East Africa with only one goal in mind: to climb the dangerous 17,000 foot Mount Kenya that Benuzzi would stare

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A new edition of one of National Geographic’s "Greatest Adventure Books of All-Time”--with new illustrations from the author

In 1943, Felice Benuzzi and two Italian compatriots escaped from a British POW camp in equatorial East Africa with only one goal in mind: to climb the dangerous 17,000 foot Mount Kenya that Benuzzi would stare at from inside the camp. No Picnic on Mount Kenya is the classic tale of one of the most bizarre and thrilling adventure stories of the 20th century, a story that has earned its place as a unique masterpiece of daring suspense.

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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:
9781592287246
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Felice Benuzzi grew up in Trieste, Italy. In 1938 he entered the Colonial Service and began serving abroad, where he was captured and imprisoned in a POW camp at the foot of Mount Kenya. He rejoined the service after the war while continuing to write and travel. He died in 1988.

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