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The Man Who Married a Mountain [Paperback]

Rosemary Bailey
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1 April 2005
Rosemary Bailey is the bestselling author of LIFE IN A POSTCARD, her enthralling account of living in a small village in the French Pyrenees. Now she sets off in search of The Man who Married a Mountain. The 19th century explorer and mountaineer, Henry Russell combined a wild Irish spirit and thirst for travel with a typically French attachment to his own region. He climbed every mountain and revelled in nature's extremes; fierce tempests, coruscating sun and dazzling snow. Vignemale, a mountain in the French Pyrenees, inspired his passion above all. In the course of her quest Rosemary Bailey finds not only Russell but an entire cast of 19th century visitors, striding up the glaciers in tweed jackets and hobnailed boots. English, Americans, Russians and many others, from Tennyson to James Gordon Bennett, colonised the Pyrenees as they did the Riviera, in search of the sublime, the picturesque and the beautiful Accompanied by her young son Theo, Bailey visits all the romantic sights of the Pyrenees between the gentle shores of the Mediterranean and the wild waves of the Atlantic; astonishing waterfalls, lakes and valleys Bailey weaves together Russell's story with her own experience of the Pyrenees, living in a converted monastery and sharing her life with the dreamers, hermits and city escapees who still find refuge in this magical land


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group) (1 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553815237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553815238
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A must-have for anyone who cannot resist the Sublime, the Picturesque and the Beautiful the region promises.' -- IRISH TIMES

'A wonderful, gentle, deeply felt book.' -- Robert Macfarlane , author of MOUNTAINS OF THE MIND

'An enthralling read.' -- THE TIMES

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Life in A Postcard was Rosemary Bailey’s bestselling memoir of living in a small village in the French Pyrenees. Now she sets off in search of the man who married a mountain. The nineteenth-century explorer and mountaineer, Henry Russell, combined a thirst for travel with a typically French attachment to his own region. He climbed every mountain in the Pyrenees and revelled in nature’s extremes; from fierce tempests to dazzling snow.  Vignemale, the highest mountain in the French Pyrenees, inspired his passion above all.

In the course of her quest Bailey finds not only Russell but a whole cast of nineteenth-century visitors, striding up the glaciers in tweed jackets and hobnailed boots. English, Americans, Russians and many others, from Tennyson to Flaubert, colonised the Pyrenees in search of the Sublime, the Picturesque and the Beautiful.

Accompanied by her young son Theo, Bailey visits all the romantic sights of the Pyrenees between the gentle shores of the Mediterranean and the wild waves of the Atlantic; discovering astonishing waterfalls, lakes and valleys.

Bailey weaves together Russell’s story with her own experience of the Pyrenees, living in a converted monastery and sharing her life with the dreamers, hermits and city escapees who still find refuge in this magical land. The Man who Married a Mountain is a celebration of the beauty and history of the Pyrenees, a wonderful way of life and some remarkable adventures.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure in the French Pyrenees 11 July 2007
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Having already read 'Life in a Postcard' by the author, I was interested by the title of this book. This book is a travel/ biography of the French Pyrenees and the men who first climbed them in the 19th century. The title is reference to the mountaineer Henry Russell who spent much of his life in this area and his attachment to the peak of Vignemale. Ms Bailey follows in his footsteps giving an account of his life and also seeing for herself the places that he visited. He was a remarkable and pioneering man, and I would love to see a documentary and/or drama of his life.
This is a fantastic book, packed full of detail and beautifully written .I could not put it down, but the amount of detail and information included means that you have to concentrate! I have never been to this region, but that did not matter. The only thing missing was perhaps some photos. If you love travel and history, then read this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Married a Mountain 13 Dec 2012
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I really enjoyed this book and found the way she had linked the story of Henri Russell and those early days of discovery by people of the magic of the mountains, together with her personal journey to the places, a most interesting journey.
However if you are not interested in history and what happened in the past then this book will not hold your interest.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good book, shame it was from oxford library! 23 May 2010
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Excellent book, enjoyed mixture of current travelogue and historical detail. Have also enjoyed her other books on the pyrenees.. Shame this book was originally from Oxford library and then sold on!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Married a Mountain - Rosemary 16 Nov 2011
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We used this very interesting book as our travel guide through the French side of the Pyrenees and followed Rosemary Bailey's
re-tracing of Henry Russell's life and climbing. We saw so many beautiful places, walked, climbed, visited the towns covered in the book and even stayed overnight at the Observatory on the Pic du Midi enjoying the fascinating tours of the telescopes and observation areas. We travelled from Prades across to Biarritz as the book followed the Russell life story and achievements.A once-in-a lifetime journey!
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