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ISBN: 0792265300 / ISBN-13: 9780792265306

Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya

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After laborious training and preparation, Kincaid and a group of botanists trek the Himalayas. Along the way she moves easily between closely ... Show synopsis

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  • Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya (National Geographic Society) – Hardcover (2005)
    by Jamaica Kincaid

    Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya

    Hardcover, National Geographic Society
    2005
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    208 pages

    ISBN: 0792265300
    ISBN-13: 9780792265306

    In this delightful hybrid of book - part memoir and part travel journal- Jamaica Kincaid, bestselling author of Annie John and Lucy, takes readers deep into the mountains of Nepal in search of plants to grow in her Vermont garden. Well known as a writer of "passion and conviction" bestselling author Jamaica Kincaid offers her many readers a new and dramatic travel memoir of her journey into the Himalaya. Among Flowers begins with Kincaid's laborious preparations for the trek, with a small group of botanists intent on ... Show more

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Reviews of Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya

Overall customer rating: 2.500
jennie

Puzzling

by jennie on Mar 13, 2008

Her writing can be beautiful, and the subject is fascinating --- a trek in the Himalayas --- but I would have liked a better map to follow along, and more description of the plants; not just Latin names. Also, there should have been more history of the area through which she hiked; it is one of the world's greatest ancient trade routes between Tibet, China and India. It was good and fairly interesting, but lacked the grit and enthusiasm of "Seven Years in Tibet" or some of Frank Kingdon Ward's writing.

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Rubycanary

A disappointment from a fantastic writer

by Rubycanary on Jun 24, 2007

Jamaica Kincaid is one of my favorite authors, and Nepal is one of my favorite places, both to live and to read about. This book was a disappointment on both levels. Lacking even basic research on Nepali customs, or translations of basic Nepali phrases, the observations made by the author are lackluster and often just plain wrong. I couldn't even finish the book I found the writing to be so far behind what Kincaid usually writes. This read more like someone's disjointed journal entries, expressing the discomfort of traveling in a foreign, and very underdeveloped country, without the post-experience analyzing and research that goes into successful travel narratives.

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