No mountaineer, Newby set out with a friend to explore the formidable peaks of the Nuristan Mountains in northeast Afghanistan. His witty, unorthodox report is packed with incidents both ghastly and ecstatic as he takes us where few Western feet have trod.
Newby belongs to that enduring set of English travelers who investigate the world for their own amusement and then, to our great profit and pleasure, share their experience with us. This beguiling tale is a classic of travel adventure.
"One of the most unusual books of exploration and travel in years. And one of the best written." (The New York Times)
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I read this book while living in India and having been enthralled by his Slowly Down the Ganges. This report of the walk taken through the mountains which are so currently familiar in the war on terrorism will truly satisfy your need for a wonderful adventure. Newby is the funniest and it is an incredible book.