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A SHORT WALK IN THE HINDU KUSH: A PREPOSTEROUS ADVENTURE Eric Newby 1958 1st UK ed Hardcover Rare Dust Jacket Near Fine
By Newby, Eric
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London, Secker & Warburg, 1958, 1st edition. 247 pages, b/w illustrations and plates, foldout maps.  Hardcover, book is Near Fine in a chipped, but scarce, dust jacket. Near Fine condition overall.

One of the most absurd and delightful expeditions to attempt a Himalayan Peak: two amateur climbers attempt Mir Samir in Nuristan, and survive to tell a very funny tale.

Eric Newby has achieved a considerable success with his first book, The Last Grain Race, which described his experiences as an apprentice on the four-masted barque. Moshulu. During the war he joined the Special Boat Service and was captured after attacking a German airfield in Sicily. Whilst a prisoner-of-war Eric Newby was smitten with the ambition to explore and in his latest book A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush he tells the exciting and hihgly entertaining story of his journey with Hugh Carless of the British Foreign Service into the mysterious region of Nuristan in north-east Afghanistan.

Although their main objective was to climb Mir Samir, a mountain in the 20,000-foot zone, they had only four days' experience of scrambling up rock in Wales, a most inadequate assortment of climbing equipment, and a meager supply of canned food.

Their many adventures on the 7,000 mile journey by jeep from Istanbul were often ludicrous. From Kabul, accompanied by three surly Nuristani porters they set out on foot along the ancient trail route leading to Mir Samir, hot, arduous and windblown. Defeated by the mountain after a gallant attempt involving appalling hazards and hardships, they finally penetrated the wild and wondrous country of Nuristan to set their feet where only few Europeans have trod.

For more than a decade following the end of World War II, Eric Newby toiled away in the British fashion industry, peddling some of the ugliest clothes on the planet. (Regarding one wafer-thin model in her runway best, he was reminded of 'those flagpoles they put up in the Mall when the Queen comes home.') Fortunately, Newby reached the end his haute-couture tether in 1956. At that point, with the sort of sublime impulsiveness that's forbidden to fictional characters but endemic to real ones, he decided to visit a remote corner of Afghanistan, where no Englishman had planted his brogans for at least 50 years.
 
What's more, he recorded his adventure in a classic narrative, A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush. The title, of course, is a fine example of Newby's habitual self-effacement, since his journey--which included a near-ascent of the 19,800-foot Mir Samir--was anything but short. And his book seems to furnish a missing link between the great Britannic wanderers of the Victorian era and such contemporary jungle nuts as Redmond O'Hanlon. At times it also brings to mind Evelyn Waugh, who contributed the preface. Newby is a less acidulous writer, to be sure, and he has little interest in launching the sort of heat-seeking satiric missiles that were Waugh's specialty. Still, A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush is a hilarious read.
 
The author excels at the dispiriting snapshot, capturing, say, the Afghan backwater of Fariman in two crisp sentences: 'A whole gale of wind was blowing, tearing up the surface of the main street. Except for two policemen holding hands and a dog whose hind legs were paralyzed it was deserted.' His capsule history of Nuristan also gets in some sly digs at Britain's special relationship with the violence-prone Abdur Rahman: Officially his subsidy had just been increased from 12,000 to 16,000 lakhs of rupees. To the British he had fully justified their selection of him as Amir of Afghanistan and, apart from the few foibles remarked by Lord Curzon, like flaying people alive who displeased him, blowing them from the mouths of cannon, or standing them up to the neck in pools of water on the summits of high mountains and letting them freeze solid, he had done nothing to which exception could be taken.
 
Newby also surpasses Waugh--and indeed, most other travel writers--in another important respect: he's miraculously free of solipsism. Even the keenest literary voyagers tend to be, in the purest sense of the term, self-centered. But A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush includes wonderfully oblique portraits of the author's travel companion, Hugh Carless, and his wife, Wanda (who plays a starring role in such subsequent chronicles as Slowly down the Ganges). There are also dozens of brilliant cameo parts, and an indelible record of a stunning landscape. The roof of the world is, in Newby's rendering, both an absolute heaven and a low-oxygen hell. Yet the author never pretends to pit himself against a malicious Nature--his mountains are, in Frost's memorable phrase, too lofty and original to rage. Which is yet another reason to call this little masterpiece a peak performance.

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