Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime (Audio Download): Stephen Alter, Stephen Hoye, Audible Studios: Audible Audiobooks –

Although Stephen Alter calls himself an atheist, his close observation and praise of nature indicates otherwise He has an eye for detail so far as Flora and fauna are concerned and after a murderous assault on him and his wife nothing could have been better than visiting Nanda devi, Kailash and Bandarpunch His detailing of the minutest things like snow, hills, flowers, sunlight, mist, snow, rain cold is extraordinary The book keeps you spellbound although it s no thriller His wonderful observations of the nature and natural phenomena draws one into believing that one is a co traveller of Stephen This is the second book of Alter which I am reading after the great travelogue Amritsar to Lahore Overall a great book. Great read , highly recommended for anyone the mountains have a peculiar pull for us humans The writer an American born in India if you don t know much abt him faced a serious challenge to his beliefs when he was faced with multiple personal crises but he went on a soul searching trip back to his favored himalayas Read it in 2 days And the hard cover at a great price is a perfect addition to anyone s mini library Enjoy it with a cuppa coffee tea on a cool weekend in a hill station Cheers. Becoming a Mountain is one of the best travelogue i have come across in a long time, not only it fulfills a traveler s emotional spiritual pursuit for high places, it successfully uplifts an individual being to a wider meaning of Sublime..which author has beautifully described many times throughout the narrative of this book.References of other authors mountaineer s experiences at sundry places make it a rich, knowledgeable interesting read throughout Stephen has beautifully described the shamanistic link between the human race and other creatures on this planet as to how we co exist by understanding each other s territories, limitations and rights in background of mountain s sacredness His references of Flag Hill and from there an urge to keep moving led him to trek to Nanda devi, Mt.Kailash Bandarpunch is a fascinating account of journey written with a beautiful prose..Individually I could connect at many places with author s longing for solitude, walking, unraveling myths, folklore legends associated with these mountains, aestheticism and meaningful view of religion life, nature healing spirituality.Its aptly said Its not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves Eloquent and tedious in patches is how I can best sum up this book Stephen is so vivid in describing the details and experiences of his Himalayan treks, it is most impressive It reads like prose But there are patches when he strays off into topics and gets into details that seem needless and tedious Despite my love for literature that is rich in describing the beauty and essence of nature, I found my interest flagging a number of times when reading this book and was tempted to switch off A case of travel writing that has been stretched too much. Deeply disappointed at the condition of the book i was given.Worst page quality, looks like from book hawkers at the footpath, stains all over.Regarding the content of the book, it an amazing book to read, will order from FLIPKART to read this, not going to order books from from now. It s an awesome travelogue into the world of Himalaya The author s style of writing is very engaging and is easy to read Enjoyed reading every page. Stephen Alter was raised by American missionary parents in the hill station of Mussoorie, in the foothills of the Himalayas, where he and his wife Ameeta, now live Their idyllic existence was brutally interrupted when four armed intruders invaded their house and viciously attacked them, leaving them for dead The violent assault and the trauma of almost dying left him questioning assumptions he had lived by since childhood For the first time, he encountered the face of evil and the terror of the unknown He felt like a foreigner in the land of his birth This audiobook is his account of a series of treks he took in the high Himalayas following his convalescence to Bandar Punch the monkey s tail , Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India, and Mt Kailash in Tibet He set himself this goal to prove that he had healed mentally as well as physically and to re knit his connection to his homeland Undertaken out of sorrow, the treks become a moving soul journey, a way to rediscover mountains in his inner landscape Weaving together observations of the natural world, Himalayan history, folklore, and mythology, as well as encounters with other pilgrims along the way, Stephen Alter has given us a moving meditation on the solace of high places, and on the hidden meanings and enduring mystery of mountains More than just a travel log It shares events in the author s life and his metaphysical thinking about nature and mountains A good read even if you are not into trekking, mountaineering. I suggest this book to anyone who loves to read travelogue as well as love serenity of mountains and nature This will take you through the Himalayan ranges with nice storyline and sense of desi traditions. Good