This book was my introduction to Eric Newby's writing, and it inspired me to read most of the rest of his stories, which are all equally funny and entertaining. The constant comedy of the duo's unsuitability to mountaineering due to almost total lack of experience & knowledge is the star turn of this book. Doing Damon Runyon (old style N.Y. gangsters) impressions 3/4 of the way up one of the highest mountains in the world gives you an idea of how they approached their challenge. Fortunately the farce does not devolve into tragedy and there are instead hilarious encounters with wild tribes who have never seen a white man before. All in all a top informative historical travel book which will appeal to those with a sense of humour.
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