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Mountains of the Mind: a History of a Fascination By Robert Macfarlane

Mountains of the Mind: a History of a Fascination
by Robert Macfarlane

'The most exhilarating history of mountaineering - less the tale of how mountains got climbed than the story of why they became objects of such fascination to us ... a riveting read' Jeremy Paxman, Guardian
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Mountains of the Mind: a History of a Fascination Summary


Why do so many feel compelled to risk their lives climbing mountains? During the climbing season, one person a day dies in the Alps, and more people die climbing in this season in Scotland than they do on the roads. Mountains of the Mind is a fascinating investigation into our emotional and imaginative responses to mountains and how these have changed over the last few centuries. It is rich with literary and historical references and punctuated by beautifully written descriptions of the author's own climbing experiences. There are chapters on glaciers, geology, the pursuit of fear, the desire to explore the unknown and the desire to get to the summit, and the book ends with a gripping account of Mallory's attempt on Everest. Mountains of the Mind is a brilliant synthesis of climbing memoir and cultural history.

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Sku
GOR001238127
Title
Mountains of the Mind: a History of a Fascination
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
Granta Books
Year published
Number of pages
320
ISBN 10
1847080391
ISBN 13
9781847080394
Prizes
Winner of Guardian First Book Award 2003
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