- Copertina flessibile: 220 pagine
- Editore: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (1 aprile 2012)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1470161982
- ISBN-13: 978-1470161989
- Peso di spedizione: 395 g
Kilimanjaro: One Man's Quest to Go over the Hill (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 1 apr 2012
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M.G. Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the mystery, thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service in 2011 to write full time. He lives in Bangkok, Thailand with his wife Jing and son Alex. Edwards published “Alexander the Salamander,” a children's e-book he co-wrote with his son Alex, in May 2011. He released a collection of short stories from different genres, “Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories,” in November 2011. His latest book, “Kilimanjaro: One Man's Quest to Go Over the Hill,” published in April 2012, chronicles his quest to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. It's the first book in the World Adventurers Series of travel adventures. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com, his blog, worldadventurers.wordpress.com, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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Sound familiar? How many of us have gone through the same thing at some point in our lives? How many left an unfulfilling job behind, packed a backpack or a suitcase and embarked on a far away journey to look for answers? Only to discover that all of our answers lie within.
I was interested to follow the author's journey to the top and the challenges he encountered along the way. But I was especially curious to read about the dynamics of his little group's interactions with the crew of local guides, cooks and helpers, whose job was to carry the tourists' supplies and tents up the mountain. For me, that put in striking perspective the harsh realities of local inhabitants compared to the "wealthy" Westerners dropping in for a brief visit.
The book includes a large number of photos, documenting the entire trip. I am very visual and in my opinion, the journey came alive through these photos. This was one of the best features of the book and I have to commend the author for including them. The book is a rather quick and easy read. In the second edition, I didn't notice any errors mentioned in one of the previous reviews.
If you are considering a trip to Kilimanjaro, the author does an excellent job of providing guidance and tons of useful information regarding such mundane, but unavoidable, subjects as fees, procedures, hiring and interacting with guides/helpers, as well as local conditions. The addendum provides a number of other useful tips and local information, invaluable for future climbers.
This is the first book in M.G. Edwards' World Adventurers Series. I am looking forward to reading about the author's various other world adventures!
This inspirational true story chronicles the day-by-day hiking trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. Fascinating by itself, the real story is the courage and fortitude of the author as he summons the will to confront not only the perils of the mountain, but a far more dangerous demon: a burning mid-life crisis.
At forty years of age, out of shape, and struggling with an unsatisfying and demoralizing career, Michael Edwards knew that something had to give. Life had to change. For many people, such frustration and fear is all too real and paralyzing. Better the demon we know, no matter how unhappy and unfulfilled we are.
Virtually overnight--well, several nights--Michael Edwards changed his stars. Tackling something as monstrous as a mountain, he overcame adversity, cold, heat, searing aches and pains, channeling all of these victories toward a single goal: to prove to himself that from this point forward, nothing could stand in his way. Not a mountain, not an unhappy life.
Read this book. Change your stars. It's that good.
I felt that some of the thoughts and ideas were retold unnecessarily, and that some of the sentences could have been more concise. That said, Edwards is a skilled storyteller, and KILIMANJARO seems an ideal story for anyone contemplating major life decisions. The detailed information guide at the end and gorgeous photographs throughout add to the book's enjoyment and usefulness, making it well worth the purchase price. I look forward to learning more of Edwards' adventures as he journeys on!
Once I started reading the book I could not put it down - I wanted to find out if he made it to the summit. Finding about his reasons for climbing the mountain and preparing for it was somewhat interesting but the trek itself was gripping. Would he? Could he? I did not know and I wanted to find out.
Having read this book do I want to climb Africa's highest mountain? No! However I would recommend to family or friends who wanted to go on this incredible adventure to read this book so that they might be prepared to take their "quest over the hill."
I started reading it because that's what friends do.
I couldn't put it down because it is a well written story about a real person's adventure, triumphs, fears, challenges and success. It's not about a superhero but a person like me going on the type of adventures I like to go on. I take that back. He is my hero.