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The Mountains Look on Marrakech: A Trek Along the Atlas Mountains Hardcover – 26 Jun 2007
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'It was an epic undertaking by a man with a powerful personal attachment to that part of the world. However, The Mountains Look on Marrakech is not the story of a lone traveller in a dry and dusty wilderness - far from it. It is rooted in a sense of camaraderie and shared experience while celebrating a richly varied environment, the descriptions of which will amaze anyone who believes Morocco is (to use Brown's words) "all camels and kasbahs". ...vivid and compelling record ...an engaging storyteller ... Supplemented by maps and colour photographs, The Mountains Look on Marrakech is a delightful volume which clearly falls into the "labour of love" category' -Caithness Courier and The Northern Times 'This book does not disappoint. ... Hamish is an imaginative user of metaphors, and the text is also peppered with quotations... excellent sketch maps demonstrate the route.' - Leopard Magazine '...this is no stuffy tome. The book is a delight. Much more than a mere travelogue, the journey is the thread along which the narrative is woven. Hamish's affection for the Berber people and their country is apparent and he shares with the reader anecdotes and knowledge accumulated over the years. ...It's an essential aid for planning expeditions, supplies background information for anyone joining an organised trek, and is a good read for armchair travellers.' - John Muir Trust Journal
After an initial visit of three months to the Atlas Mountains in 1965, well-known travel writer, climber and photographer Hamish rown has been back every year since, continuing his love affair with a beautiful country and people. In his own words, 'I had put feet to my dream and this book is the story of that dream, the end-to-end trek of the Atlas Mountains, a 900-mile walk in 96 days, which I want to share before everything recedes like a tide in the flat waters of memory'. Hamish recounts the rich culture and proud history of the Berber peoples of the Atlas in this richly-satisfying and fascinating travelogue, which is complemented by a selection of stunning photographs of landscape, people, buildings and plant life.See all Product description
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The short dedication to 'Mustapha' at the beginning of the book, speaks volumes and blew my mind away.
How I wish I had the words to remember some of my own young friends in an orphanage in Zaria, Nigeria.
Through the book, you can - with an open mind or a real life experience - walk with Hamish and friends through the Atlas Mountains the Gorges and the Valleys, meeting the people and experiencing each trip with Hamish. Feel the weight of the mud on boots, the cold cutting winds, the bright warming sun, the altitude and especially the descriptive views, not forgetting a hot brew or two through the day. An excellent photographer, my only wish would be to have seen landscapes, cityscapes and portraits (in colour) included inside the book to compliment the 6 images on the cover. Thank You Hamish.
This is not a full review of the book as I have still to finish it however if you have read Hamish's books before the style is his and his love of Morocco shines through, whether you are just thinking about a trip to the Atlas or you have been there this book captures their beauty and spirit.
The book arrived quickly from the supplier and in perfect condition.
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