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Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya by Jamaica Kincaid

By Jamaica Kincaid

During this pleasant hybrid of a book—part memoir and half trip journal—the bestselling writer takes us deep into the mountains of Nepal with a trio of botanist acquaintances looking for local Himalayan vegetation that may develop in her Vermont backyard. Alighting from a airplane 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, getting into an unique global of miraculous landscapes, vertiginous slopes, remoted villages, herds of yaks, and massive rhododendron, thirty toes tall. The panorama and flowers and quite a bit else of what Kincaid unearths 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 experience of ask yourself and a deft eye for aspect. In appealing, introspective prose, Kincaid intertwines the harrowing Maoist encounters with interesting botanical discoveries, interesting day-by-day info, and lyrical musings on gardens, nature, domestic, and kinfolk.

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