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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,722 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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I wouldn't describe Mr. Crane has being the most relate-able author in that his aspiration and ambition to take on such a hike is, in my mind, rather intimidating. That said he is a passionate man for all he sees and experiences and has a real skill in selling things to the reader that perhaps they would not have automatically found interesting.

This book didn't make me want to put on my hiking boots, buy an umbrella (which must be the most impractical wet weather equipment for long distance hiking - his shoulder must have constantly ached from holding this aloft), and say goodbye to my wife for 18 months but equally not all books have to be inspiring in that way. I really did enjoy his writing - I think I would have been interested to hear more about his own motivation and the impact such an endeavour had on him and his family - but I think this book is not about the author, it's about the author's adventure.
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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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A tremendous account of one man's, virtually solo, daunting journey on foot. You might think how can anyone make an interesting read out of a series of hill and mountain walks through lesser known areas of Spain, France and the Balkans but this author manages just that. Through wonderful descriptive prose he captures the unique character of all the terrains and places passed through and of the various locals met along the way. Written with humour and feeling and great for armchair travel. Loved it.
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I bought this book and Coast: Our Island Story, as a gift for someone. I have a hard copy of Clear Waters Rising which I have read and re-read over the years and I always find something new to admire about it. If you want a true account of endeavour and grit this is your book. The face of Europe is ever changing and it would be difficult to replicate the journey these days.
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