Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya

Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya

Jamaica Kincaid


during this pleasant hybrid of a book—part memoir and half shuttle journal—the bestselling writer takes us deep into the mountains of Nepal with a trio of botanist acquaintances looking for local Himalayan crops that may develop in her Vermont backyard. Alighting from a aircraft within the dramatic Annapurna Valley, the ominous indicators of Nepal's Maoist guerrillas are all around—an alarming presence that accompanies the tourists all through their trek. Undaunted, the gang units off into the mountains with Sherpas and bearers, coming into an unique global of fabulous landscapes, vertiginous slopes, remoted villages, herds of yaks, and titanic rhododendron, thirty ft tall. The panorama and vegetation and quite a bit else of what Kincaid reveals within the Himalaya—including fruit bats, colourful Buddhist prayer flags, and the hated leeches that plague a lot of the trip—are new to her, and she or he methods all of it with an acute feel of ask yourself and a deft eye for aspect. In appealing, introspective prose, Kincaid intertwines the harrowing Maoist encounters with fascinating botanical discoveries, attention-grabbing day-by-day information, and lyrical musings on gardens, nature, domestic, and family.

From the alternate Paperback edition.

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