White Mountain: A Cultural Adventure Through the Himalayas by Robert Twigger

White Mountain: A Cultural Adventure Through the Himalayas

Home to mythical kingdoms, wars and expeditions, and strange and magical beasts, the Himalayas have always loomed tall in our imagination.  These mountains, home to Buddhists, Bonpos, Jains, Muslims, Hindus, shamans and animists, to name only a few, are a place of pilgrimage and dreams, revelation and war, massacre and invasion, but also peace and unutterable calm. They ar...

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  • Peter
    If you enjoy Twigger's unique mix of physical and mental exertion, his ability to find worlds of meaning in the unregarded, his making plain complex issues through real common sense, if you have found his previous books as rewarding as I have, then buy and you will fiind much happy reading....
  • Prachiti Talathi
    White Mountain - Real and Imagined Journeys in the Himalayas.. the title sound interesting. I picked up the book because of this title. The book is quite a door stopper size. Starts with Ancient history of the Himalayas and tribes there. It discusses about some beliefs and rituals in those tribes. I...
  • Ulrika Eriksson
    There are a lot of small goodies in this book in which Twigger is mapping how people through the ages have tried, or not tried, to conquer these mountains, by many regarded as holy or magic. Intertwined is the history of the area and beautiful and poetic reflections: “one purpose of life is to ...
  • David
    Part travelogue; part cultural anthropology; part history; part philosophy; part adventure narrative. Unfortunately, the parts do not form a great whole. There is much to recommend this book for the moments it offers but in its entirety White Mountain is lacking cohesion. Rating 3 out of 5 Stars...
  • Peter
    An enjoyable mix of short stories, from the simple (climb this mountain) to the obscure (history of Buddhism). I enjoyed some and found other impossible to read. Definitely a sideways look at the Himalayas and worth a read...
  • Tfalcone
    Thank You Net Galley for the free ARC. The Himalayas have always had a mythical quality for me and I imagine for many others. This book does a great job of bringing you the history, the mythology, the influence of religions and the science of life at altitude. Historically speaking, the influence of...
  • Rachel
    Awesome, beautiful read! But definitely read Into Thin Air and 7 Years in Tibet first, and be familiar with Himalayan geography. The book is very contextual and expects a baseline of knowledge haha. ...
  • Kirsty
    I came across a copy of Robert Twigger's White Mountain: Real and Imagined Journeys in the Himalayas whilst browsing for books to take on holiday. I hadn't heard of it before, but was very much intrigued by the title and blurb. I love travelogues and travel literature, and imagined that this would b...

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