HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Memoirs of a Mountaineer by F. Spencer…
Loading...

Memoirs of a Mountaineer

by F. Spencer Chapman

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
191537,190 (2)2

None.

None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 2 mentions

My first acquaintance with Spencer Chapman was his 'The Jungle is Neutral', the quintessential 'behind enemy lines' story of the Pacific War. And added irony to that story was that his allies in the jungle were essentially the Communist Party of Malaya led by the perennial Chin Peng (his group finally ceased hostilities in 1989). It may have been the dramatic circumstances, or a maturing in Spencer Chapman's writing, but it has to be said that this earlier book detailing his journeying in Tibet in the 1930's is exceedingly dull. Which is doubly odd - and disappointing - as he had extraordinary access (via his temporary diplomatic posting) to the most powerful and influential Tibetan leaders of the day. None of this, however, overcomes S-C's plodding style; "I did this, then I did this, after that I did this". If ever a man was in need of a good editor... As for the description of the mountaineering, well nobody has ever better conveyed the tedium of climbing up big piles of rocks. Don't dismiss his 'Jungle is Neutral' or think less of the man (try a biography perhaps), but this is more miss than hit. One for the modern Tibetan history folk. ( )
  nandadevi | Oct 20, 2012 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Contains 'Helvellyn to Himalaya' and 'Lhasa: The Holy City'
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (2)
0.5
1
1.5
2 1
2.5
3
3.5
4
4.5
5

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 116,936,866 books! | Top bar: Always visible