- Author Eric Newby
This was an interesting book, written about the author’s explorations of Nuristan in the late 1950s. The writing was sublime, soft and gentle, observant but not overly detailed, and with a dry humour that pokes fun at almost everything without being offensive.
I didn’t think the journey itself was all that interesting - in fact, it annoyed me a bit that this just seemed like two men who should know better being underprepared and faffing about on a mountain. Everything seemed to go against them, and they didn’t actually achieve the goal they were aiming for.
Despite that, it’s still a good read, if only to see what adventuring was like sixty years ago.