The Living Mountain
On starting I was astounded that the introduction for the special edition was almost as long as the book itself, but what a wonderful introduction.
Once I got into the book proper, Nan Shepherd’s writing was so mesmerising I didn’t want to put it down, she transported me into the mountains as no other book about the mountains has done previously.
The strength of her imagery and her obvious passion for the mountains made the whole of her world come alive for me.
Though Nan Shepherd is placed firmly in her time, the timeless nature of the Cairngorms are exemplified by her prose and imagery.
This is a classic of travel, nature and mountaineering and deservedly so and I am glad that I finally got around to reading it and not just having it on the shelf as some sort of trophy book.
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