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Mountains of the Mind

A History of a Fascination


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" pursues 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 It is rich with literary and historical references and punctuated by beautifully written descriptions of the author's own climbing experiences.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 beautifully written synthesis of climbing memoir and cultural history."

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Cordee Code: CNM135
Author: Robert Macfarlane
No of Pages: 306
Page Size: 129 x 198 mm
ISBN 10: 1783784504
ISBN 13: 9781783784509
Publisher: Granta
Published Date: November 2017
Edition: 2017 pb
Binding: Paperback
Illustrations: B+W photos
Weight: 240g

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