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ON MOUNTAINS: THINKING ABOUT TERRAIN John Jerome 1979 1st USA DJ VG
By Jerome, John
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1979, 1st USA edition or 1st UK edition. 262 pp, photos, ills, appendix. Contemplations on the subject of mountains, their nature, their origins, their charms, their extraordinary pull on the imagination of man. Hardcoiver, DJ, VG-Fine.
 
'Mountains are mysteries. They stimulate man's imagination as powerfully as do the seas and skies.' Thus says John Jerome, in his introduction, and certainly mountains have stimulated him to write a most fascinating and varied book on just about every aspect of their nature and their appeal.
 
What are mountains, how are they formed: the book begins by describing the many processes that can form them-folding and faulting, upthrust and erosion, ice as a sculptor of landscape, the creation of volcanoes. Next, mountains as playgrounds, their pleasures and perils: climbing, from Alpinism to the era of the hard men; skiing; snow, and what it is; avalanches, those whimsical killers.
 
And then on to the enduring life of the mountains: the flora and fauna (he is particularly good about the animal life), and the mountain folk, self-contained, inbred. Finally, the mythology of mountains, traditionally the homes of gods and gurus. John Jerome brings a lively mind and a persuasive pen to his theme.
 
His enthusiasm is infectious and he's a splendid popularizer. He has been a mountain addict since he saw his first mountain, at the age of seventeen; his home now looks out on to the White Mountains of New Hampshire; and he finds the same compulsion in them as he finds in the Himalayas. His is a lovely book that will help visitors to mountainous country to obtain the utmost pleasure and understanding from their trip.

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