Mountains of the Mind

Mountains of the Mind - an erudite discussion of how mountains became such a preoccupation for the modern western imagination.

Why do so many feel compelled to risk their lives climbing mountains? During the climbing season, one person a day dies in the Alps, and more people die climbing in this season in Scotland than they do on the roads. Mountains of the Mind pursues a fascinating investigation into our emotional and imaginative responses to mountains and how these have changed over the last few centuries. It is rich with literary and historical references and punctuated by beautifully written descriptions of the author's own climbing experiences. There are chapters on glaciers geology the pursuit of fear, the desire to explore the unknown and the desire to get to the summit, and the book ends with a gripping account of Mallory's attempt on Everest. Mountains of the Mind is a beautifully written synthesis of climbing memoir and cultural history.

Illustrated with a smattering of black and white photos.

By Robert MacFarlane.
Card cover, 20cm x 13cm, 306 pages.
First published 2017. Paperback edition 2017.
ISBN: 978-1-78378-450-9.

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