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ACROSS CHINA [1984 USA Everest Expedition] Peter Jenkins 1986 6th prtg Hardcover DJ Fine
By Jenkins, Peter
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New York, 1986, 1st edition. 351 pp, many color and b/w photos, bibliography. Salmon-colored original cloth hardcover with silver embossed lettering on the spine and dust jacket.

Peter Jenkins enclosed a form letter that is SIGNED by him, he was getting thousands of requests for Signatures.  The letter and envelope are loosely tucked in to this copy if his book.

Who is Peter Jenkins? Everybody has forgotten his Walk Across America, '' known for walking from New York to Oregon between October 1973 and January 1979.''  You should read about him on Wikipedia. In all his walking he got married 3 times. And had a bunch of kid`s.

His China Walk came right after he joined the 1984 American ascent of the Everest North Face.

Peter Jenkins was invited to join an expedition to Mount Everest as a biographer, having previously published travel biographies from tours he had made across America. This book describes his journey to Tibet, Mount Everest, and across China from Mongolia to Shanghai. [Neate a23.] 

From Kirkus Reviews: Once again, the author of the wildly successful Walk Across America skillfully guides the armchair traveler through unknown terrain. Here, Jenkins recounts a thrilling trip across Tibet, up the face of Mt. Everest, then into China and Inner Mongolia. Invited by the 1984 China-Everest expedition to record their exploits, Jenkins' ''gee whiz'' excitement about his forthcoming trip boils through the book's opening pages. 

After lengthy preparations described in loving detail, he flies to Lhasa, where he is floored by the radiant kindness and colorful ways of the Tibetans. A harrowing bus ride along Himalayan cliffs leads first to a heartwrenching encounter with an aged holy man who mimes the tragic destruction of traditional Tibet by Mao's invaders, then to Everest, whose majesty and magnitude shake Jenkins' soul. 

After enduring severe altitude sickness on the mountain's slopes, Jenkins flies on to China. Accompanied by his Chinese-born American interpreter, he travels throughout central China, mostly off the beaten track in Inner Mongolia. While his portraits of Tibet vibrate with deep affection, Jenkins' depictions of China bristle with indignation at the outrageous restrictions and propaganda foisted on a people so politically timorous. 

What appeals to Jenkins in China is not the new, but the traditional--especially the food. It's fair to say that he eats his way through China; Jenkins' mouthwatering descriptions of elaborate meals are a gourmet's fantasy come true. Finally, he concludes with a knuckle-whitening recap of the fate of the Everest expedition, an odyssey of stamina, pain and courage. No rival to Paul Theroux, but Jenkins again demonstrates that the charming simplicity of his observations make for swift, engaging fare.

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