By Jamaica Kincaid
During this pleasant hybrid of a book—part memoir and half commute journal—the bestselling writer takes us deep into the mountains of Nepal with a trio of botanist buddies looking for local Himalayan vegetation that would 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 crowd units off into the mountains with Sherpas and bearers, getting into an unique international of excellent landscapes, vertiginous slopes, remoted villages, herds of yaks, and enormous rhododendron, thirty ft tall. The panorama and vegetation and rather a lot 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 attractive, introspective prose, Kincaid intertwines the harrowing Maoist encounters with fascinating botanical discoveries, interesting day-by-day information, and lyrical musings on gardens, nature, domestic, and family.
From the exchange Paperback edition.