A Walk in the Park boek over de Grand Canyon van Kevin Fedarko

Kevin Fedarko A Walk in the Park recensie en informatie boek met the True Story of a Spectacular Misadventure in the Grand Canyon. Op 28 mei 2024 verschijnt bij uitgeverij Scribner het Engelstalige boek over een avontuurlijke tocht in de Grand Canyon, geschreven door Kevin Fedarko. Hier lees je informatie over de inhoud van het boek, de schrijver en over de uitgave. Er is geen Nederlandse vertaling van het boek verkrijgbaar of aangekondigd.

Kevin Fedarko A Walk in the Park recensie

Als er in de media een boekbespreking, review of recensie verschijnt van A Walk in the Park, The True Story of a Spectacular Misadventure in the Grand Canyon, geschreven door Kevin Fedarko, dan besteden we er op deze pagina aandacht aan.

  • “Fedarko’s prose is often funny, but he also pays appropriate respect to both the land and the native people that have called it home for thousands of years.” (Columbia Magazine)
  • “An immersive account of the challenges of a grueling 750-mile hike through the Grand Canyon. . . . Fedarko expansively describes the journey . . . with a combination of dry humor and horror, and he pays tribute to the spare beauty, grandeur, and silence of a place that few have seen, resulting in a memorable reading experience.” (Kirkus)

Kevin Fedarko A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the Park

The True Story of a Spectacular Misadventure in the Grand Canyon

  • Auteur: Kevin Fedarko (Verenigde Staten)
  • Soort boek; avonturenboek, reisverhaal
  • Taal: Engels
  • Uitgever: Scribner Books
  • Verschijnt: 28 mei 2024
  • Omvang: 512 pagina’s
  • Uitgave: gebonden boek / ebook
  • Prijs:  $32.50 /  $16.99
  • Boek bestellen bij: Amazon / Bol / Libris

Flaptekst van het boek over de Grand Canyon van Kevin Fedarko

From the author of the beloved bestseller The Emerald Mile comes a rollicking and poignant account of the epic misadventure of two friends, zero preparation, and one dream: a 750-mile odyssey, on foot, through the heart of America’s most magnificent national park and the grandest wilderness on earth.

A few years after quitting his job to follow an ill-advised dream of becoming a guide on the Colorado River, Kevin Fedarko was approached by his best friend, the National Geographic photographer Pete McBride, with a vision as bold as it was harebrained. Together, they would embark on an end-to-end traverse of the Grand Canyon, a journey that, McBride promised, would be “a walk in the park.” Against his better judgment, Fedarko agreed to the scheme, unaware that the small cluster of experts who had completed the crossing billed it as “the toughest hike in the world.”

The ensuing ordeal, which lasted more than a year, revealed a place that was deeper, richer, and far more complex than anything the two men had imagined—and came within a hair’s breadth of killing them both. They struggled to make their way through the all but impenetrable reaches of its truest wilderness, a vertical labyrinth of thousand-foot cliffs and crumbling ledges where water is measured out by the teaspoon and every step is fraught with peril—and where, even today, there is still no trail along the length of the country’s best-known and most iconic park.

Along the way, veteran long-distance hikers ushered them into secret pockets, invisible to the millions of tourists gathered on the rim, where only a handful of humans have ever laid eyes. Members of the canyon’s eleven Native American tribes brought them face-to-face with layers of history that forced them to reconsider myths at the center of our national parks—and exposed them to the impinging threats of commercial tourism. Even Fedarko’s dying father, who had first pointed him toward the canyon more than forty years earlier but had never set foot there himself, opened him to a new way of seeing the landscape.

And always, there was the great gorge itself: austere and unforgiving but suffused with magic, drenched in wonder, and redeemed by its own transcendent beauty.

A Walk in the Park is a singular portrait of a sublime place, and a deeply moving plea for the preservation of America’s greatest natural treasure.

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