It is a truth universally acknowledged, that no young woman, of eighteen or twenty summers, may attain the rôle of heroine in Miss Austen's novels without a keen appreciation of country walks. Ronald Turnbull examines the evidence.
Jane Austen? Really? You are using a very elastic definition of "Mountain Literature"!
May I humbly suggest sharing your thoughts on Ralph Barker's "The Last Blue Mountain"?
(PS I enjoy dipping into "Granite and Grit" - marvellous!)
I've read all of Jane Austen's books (*), her portrayals of "people" she disapproves of are brilliant, polite but incredibly cutting so that you sometimes have to read them twice to be sure that she really is having a good go at them.
(*) - actually over the years I think I've now read them all twice (except the unfinished ones like Sandition, but P&P probably 3 or 4 times), and unlike the OP, Northanger Abbey is the one I least like.
Looking forward to the Wuthering Heights review.
Heathcliff, wandering the Pennine Way in the dark. The first ultra runner? Catherine bouldering at Ponden Kirk? Enquiring minds want more info.
Well, this is UKC/UKH, so I stretch it to include long distance walking. And then I stretch it some more to include short distance walking. And then I stretch it some more to include Jane Austen, because I just love her stuff. (Only read P&P three or four times???) And it's good to push the boundaries, isn't it? Given I'm not ever going to solo El Cap...
But if it's any comfort, I'm just writing about Lionel Terray now.
This week's Friday Night Video is an emotive look at the life of a young Scottish man, Adam Raja, who spent his youth embroiled in gang culture, knife crime, drug and alcohol abuse; until he set foot in the mountains. From where he is today, Adam looks...