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Description - Mountains of the Mind by Robert Macfarlane

Combining accounts of legendary mountain ascents with vivid descriptions of his own forays into wild, high landscapes, Robert McFarlane reveals how the mystery of the world s highest places has came to grip the Western imagination and perennially draws legions of adventurers up the most perilous slopes. His story begins three centuries ago, when mountains were feared as the forbidding abodes of dragons and other mysterious beasts. In the mid-1700s the attentions of both science and poetry sparked a passion for mountains; Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Lord Byron extolled the sublime experiences to be had on high; and by 1924 the death on Mt Everest of an Englishman named George Mallory came to symbolize the heroic ideals of his day. Macfarlane also reflects on fear, risk, and the shattering beauty of ice and snow, the competition and contemplation of the climb, and the strange alternate reality of high altitude, magically enveloping us in the allure of mountains at every level."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780375714061
ISBN-10: 0375714065
Format: Paperback
(201mm x 130mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlaneis thebest-selling author of an award-winning trilogy of books about landscape and the human heart: Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, andThe Old Ways. He is also the author ofLandmarksand Holloway. His work has been translated into a dozen languages and is published in more than twenty countries, and his books have been widely adapted for tv, film and radio by the BBC, among others.He has contributed toHarper s, Granta, theObserver(London), theTimes Literary Supplement(London), and theLondon Review of Books. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2012.He is currently a Fellow in English of Emmanuel College, Cambridge."

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