Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalaya by Jamaica Kincaid

By Jamaica Kincaid

During this pleasant hybrid of a book—part memoir and half shuttle journal—the bestselling writer takes us deep into the mountains of Nepal with a trio of botanist neighbors looking for local Himalayan crops that might 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, coming into an unique international of miraculous landscapes, vertiginous slopes, remoted villages, herds of yaks, and monstrous rhododendron, thirty ft tall. The panorama and plants and lots 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 techniques all of it with an acute experience of ask yourself and a deft eye for element. In appealing, introspective prose, Kincaid intertwines the harrowing Maoist encounters with interesting botanical discoveries, interesting day-by-day info, and lyrical musings on gardens, nature, domestic, and kin.

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