Erika Fatland’s *High*

The subtitle is A Journey Across the Himalaya Through Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and China.  This is the first great book of 2023, at least that I have seen.  Bravo!  Travel books are hard to summarize, but I will note that most of them are bad or at best mediocre.  They assume you care about the author’s adjectives, or that the interesting nature of experienced events will translate automatically to the page.  This work, in contrast, is a wonderful blend of fact, history, political observation, and narrative.  I read every page, and it would likely make my list of my favorite thirty travel books of all time.  Here is the author’s home page, she is by background a Norwegian anthropologist who speaks eight languages.


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