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Clear Waters Rising: A Mountain Walk Across Europe Paperback – 3 Jul 1997

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (3 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140243321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140243321
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Nick Crane lives in London NW1. He is the author of several travel books and has been published in the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times and the Guardian.


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I read this in 2004 while in Italy on holiday, Crane seems at first to be an unlikely adventurer, but he really does have an adventure in this book, walking across the roof of Europe and crossing inumerable borders. He captures the beauty of the vast mountain ranges and leaves you envious of his journey. I felt i was with him on his trek and though this was a difficult walk his enthusiasm and knowledge shine through.Crane takes you to mountain villages, sleeps under his umbrella beneath the stars takes shelter with hill sheperds from snowstorms, he does it all and this book for me was an absolute cracking read over the summer.
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Clear Waters rising is one of the best books I've ever read. Being an armchair keen walker myself, and a lover of beautifully written prose, this book really took me to that other world of crystal clear mountain vistas one day, terrifying storms the next, and simple, happy peasant communities that still exist a universe away from most of us. From my cosy warm London bed, this was the perfect prelude to peaceful sleep, reminding me that the daily troubles and frustrations of life are all consequences of this artificial modern lifestyle we lead, and Man is truly himself when at one with nature. It took me several months to read because I wanted to savour short passages rather than read it quickly and prematurely end the lovely experience.
What 'made' this book for me was the exquisite writing - the author himself said that he had set out to make every sentence special, and this really shines through in the prose. I highly recommend it to lift the spirit in every way.
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Nicholas Crane has produced a work of art with a book that is screamingly funny, erudite, full of adventure, full of surprises, and just plain breathtaking in its endeavour. I also like that his prose assumes the intelligence of his audience. Whereas the travel writing of Paul Thereoux always seems haunted by a dark side, Crane's writing shines with an unspoken optomism for the human condition (even when there isn't much to be positive about). His writing leaves one with a warm feeling in the heart, and a sense of expansion in the spirit, ready to meet one's next encounter in the world with a twinkling eye.
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An excellent humorous book served up in beautiful bite size portions that leaves you wanting more.I bought this book after its adaption for Radio4 and was not in the least bit disappointed,makes you want to get your hiking boots out and set off at once,but don't take more than two sets of socks!An excellent read.
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Nicholas Crane deserves admiration for his tenacity and madcap courage in undertaking a walk across Europe's main mountain ranges. I found myself following every step of the journey and enduring all the physical discomforts and loneliness, albeit vicariously. I enjoyed his encounters with people, especially in the Carpathians where old shepherd traditions still survive.For anyone interested in the remoter areas of Europe, this book is highly recommended. Next time though,please don't cross the Alps in winter!
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Having read many travel books, I must say that this book is the most inspiring travel book I have ever read. It is about Crane's 10,000 km walk across the mountains of Europe from NW Spain over the Pyrenees, across France to the Alps passing Vienna and then up through Slovakia and into Eastern Europe and finishing in a big swing ending in Istanbul. It presents an inspiring blend of descriptions about his route and adventures in the mountains with legends and history about the regions he walks through. I made me realise the beauty of mountain and cross country walking when over 50 years old and inspired me to take on various trips to see the places for my self with my adult son(s). I do not think I would have visited the Pyrenees, Vercors ,or which is presently on my agenda the Cevennes south all in France if I had not read this book. Especially the central Pyrenees were amazing and having read this book added value and information about this region. The book is a proof and documentation that one do not need to travel to far away countries to find beauty and wilderness. It is all there in Europe to enjoy in the vast mountains of our continent.
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Only a crazy man would undertake to walk the mountains of Europe from north-west Spain to Istanbul. Nicholas Crane is such a man... fortunately, he is also a beautiful writer, articulate, humorous, knowledgable, and able to take you with him to his high places. Definitely, definitely recommended.
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Reading the book you are very much in the sole company of the writer. Unfortunately, for the first half of the journey I found him less than rewarding company. He namedrops the Royal Geographical Society in reverent tones. He bangs on about his wife and parents in a manner which leaves one feeling a spectator to Crane trying to prove himself to them. And he takes such joy in being wilfully ill-equipped (cotton trousers, no waterproofs and an umbrella, for god's sake!) that before long I was wishing for him to suffer. His presentations of the history of the places he comes across are excellent but his religious and Romantic attitudes are presented as fact in a way only such well-heeled 'adventurers' can find natural. Having said all that, I found I warmed to him and the book as I read on. Apart from his descriptions of eastern Europe being new and strange to me in comparison to Spain, the Alps etc, it seemed that the experience of the journey was actually changing the author into - for me at least - a more likeable narrator. I would be interested to discover how it was written and to what extent the finished tale reflects the author's changing attitudes through the journey.
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