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Escape from Kathmandu Paperback – 17 May 1999

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; (Reissue) edition (17 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0044407726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0044407720
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kim Stanley Robinson has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. He is the author of over twenty previous books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the highly acclaimed FORTY SIGNS OF RAIN. He lives in Davis, California.

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‘Refreshing, whimsical and often laugh-out-loud funny… Kathmandu is lovingly and convincingly depicted, the scenic description often breathtaking’
WASHINGTON POST

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George and Fred wanted to hang out in Nepal, relax a bit. They didn’t reckon rescuing a real, live yeti, scaling Mount Everest, trying to save the mystical city of Shangri-La, getting chased by the US Secret Service, joining forces with a 431-year-old Tibetan and maybe even starting World War III.

But then, you never do …

“Refreshing, whimsical and often laugh-out-loud funny … Kathmandu is lovingly and convincingly depicted, the scenic description often breathtaking”
WASHINGTON POST

“A delightful romp”
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sensible Cat on 29 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
If KSR hadn't hit his stride with SF he'd have made one hell of a travel writer. This is an outrageous romp through every Himalayan cliche imaginable, plus a fascinating series of early sketches for themes later developed in the Mars Trilogy. More than a travelogue, it manages to pack in some serious character development and raises issues, albeit not very subtly, on racism, religion, inequality and corruption. Not as heavy as it sounds - it really is great fun. If it wasn't for the unforgiveable howler of attributing the famous "Because it's there" justification for climbing Everest to Mallory, rather than Hillary - an error no self-respecting Brit could let slip - I'd probably give it five stars.
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A rollicking good read and well-written too. Kept turning the pages one night until the small hours. Too bad it was a work day in the morning. Laughed and smiled a lot. Even the title is a joke. Adapting the convention of the opening line summarising the story, the title summaries the story of this book. Many Westerners go to Kathmandu to escape, but the principal characters in this book escape from Kathmandu.

Without revealing spoilers, it is possible to say that one of the principal characters undergoes a major change of viewpoint during the course of the story. The change is a reference to the Buddhist idea of "maya" (a.k.a. illusion) in which the world is not all it seems and one must put in some effort to understand what is really going on. Consequently, the story is told as an apparently gung-ho adventure tale, yet what is really going on is gradually revealed to the reader as the principal characters rattle around Nepal providing all sorts of laughs. The experiences change the principal character in question. The reader follows that character's change and, through having his or her preconceptions challenged, is invited to change their viewpoint too. Whilst having a good laugh. The reader is provided with food for thought, but comfortably.

Through masterful story-telling, the author balances the story he appears to be telling with the story he is really telling. To have carried it off so well is an achievement. The author can both tell a good story and write well.

The prose is fluid and fluent. The book is edited properly, making it more readable than some clunky books publishers try to foist upon their readership. The reader is free to become absorbed in the story.
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By A Customer on 14 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
"The Ascent of Rum Doodle" meets "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom". A romp through Nepal with one of the most amusing cycling scenes ever written. If anyone has ever been to Kathmandu they will recognise the place described so vividly in this book. A laugh out loud story which captures the the essence of Nepal. A must for any potential travellers to that beautiful country. It provided the antidote to the trauma of "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer which I had read just before - especially the search for Mallory and Irvine!
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The image of a yeti on the back of a bicycle will stay with me forever!
Kim Stanley Robinson is a very clever and gifted writer. He shows his ability with this fine novel (more a collection of four novellas really) - it is quite unexpected to read such a funny 'fantasy' novel, considering it is written by the finest hard SF writer currently writing.
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By A Customer on 10 Jan. 2000
Format: Paperback
It seems like KSR had written the first 40 pages or so and then the rest of the book a year later, it is a melee and confusion of characters who seem to get around very fast indeed, smoke alot of hash and save the world. Not particularly funny, too much detail and scenarios were squeezed in.
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