The book is organised around a series of features of mountaineering--glaciers, summits, unknown ranges--and each chapter explores the scientific, artistic and cultural discoveries and fashions that accompanied exploration. The contributions of assorted geologists, romantic poets, landscape artists, entrepreneurs, gallant amateurs and military cartographers are described with perceptive clarity. The book climaxes with an account of Mallory's fateful ascent on Everest in 1924, one of the most famous instances of an obsessive pursuit. Macfarlane is well-placed to describe it since it is one he shares.
MacFarlane's own stories of perilous treks and assaults in the Alps, the Cairngorms and the Tian Shan mountains between China and Kazakhstan are compelling. Readers who enjoyed Francis Spufford's masterly I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination will enjoy Mountains of the Mind. This is a slighter volume than Spufford's and it loses in depth what it gains in range, but for an insight into the moody, male world of mountaineering past and present it is invaluable. --Miles Taylor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I did not expect to read this book - i expected a book about mountaineering. I got far more than just that; a tour de force into how Europeans have viewed mountains, the desolate... Read morePublished 1 month ago by MR B A SWAINSON
Great service. Arrived on time and in great condition as stated. I love the book. It's well written with lots of thoughtful insights, informative and entertaining.Published 2 months ago by Brigitte Seck
Macfarlane writes, as many others have said, like an angel, and if you have any interest in mountains then this tour of the rise of interest in mountains and why they exercise a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by johnh
Wonderful. I never thought I would find a book about mountaineering fascinating but I did. Beautifully written.Published 5 months ago by Foyenne
I have read and re-read this book so many times at so many different place for some many different reasons - for references for studies into glaciers and landscape - into artists... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Aroha