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The Frozen River by James Crowden

The Frozen River: Seeking Silence in the Himalaya

James Crowden

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Category: Travel, Non-fiction
Imprint: William Collins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 23 Jan 2020
ISBN: 9780008353179

'A wonderful book, otherworldly, full of the ecstasies and revelations of true isolation and hardship.' Philip Marsden, author of Rising Ground 'A luminous book, exquisite in its depiction, profound in its rhymes of ice and mind.' Jay Griffiths, author of Wild

5 stars out of 5
1 Feb 2020

"a tour de force of luminous writing"

Occasionally one wishes for relief from its staccato rhythms, but the singular virtue of Crowden’s prose is to create a sense of enormous immediacy. The Frozen River is also an immensely modest account. In fact I have seldom read a travel book where the narrator is so absent. Instead, he acts as a transparent lens that gathers all that fierce Zanskari winter light and illuminates the primary colours of both the place and its people. In so doing he creates a tour de force of luminous writing.