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Find Rare Books Book Value. Although the journey was marked by major and minor difficulties--missed plane connections, rickety suspension bridges, petulant yaks, a case of the ""Green Apple Quickstep""--Harding retained both his sense of humor and his sense of wonder. His plans were disrupted by events ranging from army maneuvers to blown-out tires, but he managed to visit many of the Buddhist monasteries that dot the countryside, making friends with the red- and yellow-robed monks. Harding is especially adept at capturing the character of those he encounters along the way--for example, the rude trekker who stormed about The Himalaya View lodge in Nepal.
Here, the dining room bears a sign reading ""Oxygen available in all rooms. Please ask management. Today, it's nearly deserted. Harding's writing is a lively blend of the humorous, the exotic, and the affectionate, but it's his color photographs that really distinguish this work. Clear and crisp as mountain air, they are dazzling.
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Also, are many other things important to many other people. Life is always thus.
In the process, Harding is not blinded by the unrelenting beauty of the landscape or the gentle friendship extended to him. He sees the magnificence but does not miss the tragedy of human suffering and senseless pollution so prevalent in this struggling society. There are over color photographs reproduced throughout the text. Most are adequate, some are stunning. They suffer somewhat from the lack of high resolution in the printing.
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If there is a shortfall in Footloose in the Himalaya, it could be that Mike Harding presents a picture of a marvelous culture and environment on the cusp of rapid change. Much of the change involves the loss of tradition and natural beauty, the violation of qualities that promoted the proliferation of tourism in the first place. To this, there are no simple solutions, and none are presented here.