Michael Palin, Himalaya

Himalaya is apparently based on the journals kept by Michael Palin whilst filming his tv series about traveling in the great knot of mountains that stretches from Western Afghanistan into China. Palin remarks on his impressions of the countries through which he and his companions pass, and although he is certainly charmed by the numerous mountain people he meets along the way, he’s also a clear-eyed realist about hardships of their daily lives. This is a fun read with some lovely photos; nothing earth-shattering or profound (Palin’s certainly no William Dalrymple), but a good way to spend a few hours.

(Read from January 1 to January 10, 2010)

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