Clear Waters Rising: A Mountain Walk Across Europe

Clear Waters Rising A Mountain Walk Across Europe Nicholas Crane embarks on a journey on foot through some of the remotest parts of Europe travelling along the chain of mountains that run from the Atlantic in Spain to Istanbul in the East It s not

  • Title: Clear Waters Rising: A Mountain Walk Across Europe
  • Author: Nicholas Crane
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nicholas Crane embarks on a journey on foot through some of the remotest parts of Europe, travelling along the chain of mountains that run from the Atlantic in Spain, to Istanbul in the East It s not just a story about travel, but also about the human condition, about growth and fulfillment.

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    1. Rather like Crane himself, I found this journey took far longer than expected, but what a superb odyssey! Here is a really excellent writer, who captures the mood and environment as he strides across no fewer than four mountain ranges that link the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea. Sleeping rough and spending little, he is the epitome of the kind of traveller I would like to be, meeting people well off the tourist track (as well as having to negotiate a few places whose cultures have been long bu [...]

    2. Absolutely gripping. Informative, fun, wonderfully funny, slightly mad (the whole concept of the expedition); and just so very, very human. He is clearly fortunate to be blessed with the support of a very capable and understanding wife!I love his written style. He's just so, well realistic. For example (pg 316) "It was one of those impromptu decisions that are flawless in their logic but doomed by natures irregularities." He doesn't rage about a perceived 'unfairness'. He just gets on with it.An [...]

    3. This book turned out to be so worthwhile! Nicholas Crane, a travel writer and TV producer apparently better known in England than in the U.S decided to walk across the "spine of Europe" in the early 90s, just as the Soviet Union was dissolving. The first half of the book seems a little self-centered and even masochistic, but hang in there - once he reaches Eastern Europe his descriptions of the people there begin to glow!

    4. This is the most inspiring and enjoyaboe travel book I've read. Crane walks from Finisterre (Spain) to Istanbul via the Cantabrian, Pyrenees, Alps, Carpathian and Balkan mountain ranges. If I could do a quarter of this trek i'd be pretty much happy for life. Highly recommended if you love hiking and mountains.

    5. This book made me realise what wonderful wilderness exists on mainland EuropeCranes journey is interestingly told and often paints wonderful pictures for the mind-eyeWell worth a goI remeber that whilst I was midway through this book the world witnessed the tragedy and carnage of 9/11 this book will forever be linked with that image for me. It served as a welcome contrast from the harshness and fear of those days.

    6. Absolutely loved this book. A great mixture of description of the people he encounters, extremely evocative descriptions of the landscape he passes through, his own angst (particularly about being separated from his wife for so long)and very thorough historical information. I learnt a lot and I found myself looking up various things I hadn't encountered before. This is a proper travel book!

    7. Crane's transcontinental trek was a fine achievement, and the book is well-written, but the story never really seemed to "come alive" for me - not even when he unexpectedly found himself face-to-face with a bear.

    8. A solitary adventure by one man from Spain to Turkey across the 'sickle' of Europen mountains.Nicholas Crane even walked through a winter to pull this trip off. A classic.

    9. “Clear Waters Rising” by Nicholas Crane is a really interesting book. He went on a seventeen-month journey along the chain of mountains which stretches across Europe from Cape Finisterre to Istanbul. His aim was to explore Europe's last mountain wilderness and to meet the people who live on the periphery of the modern world. I find it good because the book is a real story. I liked this because I often like true stories because it is a real thing and not a made up thing. I read this book beca [...]

    10. Having only come across Nicholas Crane on tv in recent years it was interesting to be with him in his younger days. A real adventurer. Resilient, tenacious and dedicated to his task of walking the high road from the Atlantic to Istanbul, taking only what he could carry. It felt as though it rained the whole time, except when it snowed. All this so soon after his marriage! His upbringing, education, humanity and friends, many of whom he made along the way, saw him realise his dream. Loved it.

    11. I loved this book simply already for the author who left on his own and on limited budget, without any sponsor or organization team, leaving his wife behind in London. After noticing on a map that a chain of mountains runs all through Europe, from the far West of Spain to Turkey, Nick embarks on a journey of one and half years to walk this mountain chain. He will be walking from Finisterre through The Sierras, the Pyrenees, the Cévennes, the Alps (unfortunately due to weather conditions this pa [...]

    12. I bought this for Steve for Christmas, since a mountain walk across Europe seemed right up his street and he'd said he wanted to read it. I hadn't intended to read it myself, but I picked it up in an idle moment and got hooked.Nicholas Crane must be a very odd person. Newly married, he decided to walk alone along the spine of Europe, from Finisterre in Spain to Constantinople. And when he says walk, he means walk; he refused to use any form of mechanised transport at any point during the trip, e [...]

    13. As someone who has always wanted to walk long distance footpaths but never quite managed more than 100 miles, I looked forward to reading about what must be classified as one of the longest and most difficult trek imaginable. It certainly was a remarkable achievement full of risk and adventure and I enjoyed most of it. It was especially interesting when the author walked through several areas which I have visited. Towards the end however I began to feel that I was being told too many things I di [...]

    14. An astounding journey with some great snippets of interesting history of particular areas. It did make me want to get out of my comfy chair and rush to the mountains singing "the hills are alive" But it also made me think twice about staying in the backwaters of Eastern Europe if tripe soup is on the menu! The book was just a bit too lengthy to be really engaging and perhaps would've been more enjoyable if I'd read it over a longer period and dipped into it when I fancied a bit of a daydream.

    15. I liked the book. I liked the writer's humorous way of writing. But it did not draw me in like some books do. The story was too fragmented. Moreover, The layout of the Book made it difficult to read. Paragraphs weren't divided by white lines and this can be very helpful when there is a change in scene. So, often, only after some sentences I realized the change in scenery, which made it very confusing. I loved the references to other authors, poets and adventurers Nicolas Crane made. He is certai [...]

    16. Written with humility, wonder and humour, this is a delightful book. Crane's interactions with the people he meets are honest and thought provoking as he completes a gruelling walk across Europe by way of its mountain ranges. Although not without its low points, it is Crane's positivity and open-minded attitude that shine through, and that carry him through missing his wife, a lot of rain, injuries and difficult times.

    17. An inspirational book, which will make even the most indolent couch potato want to leave the deep imprint of their sofa for a better life! There's so much to Europe, such variety in landscape and people and there's really only one way to discover it. On foot. Or, I guess, in a really comfy sofa reading this book. I wanted the walk to go on and on! Why not continue all the way to Singapore? No, but his poor wife. Newlyweds, you know? Ha ha!

    18. An exciting story of a man who had set an unbelievably hard challenge - walk alone from Finisterra, Spain to Istanbul, Turkey with no use of public transport. He had chosen the hardest way - using only his feet to walk through Sierras, Pyrenees, Cevenas, Alps, Carpathian Mountains and Balkans Mountains. Was he able to manage it? Or did he fail? Story has sometimes long, boring pauses - but that's just a pause for readers to take a breath and read about next mountain, next challenge.

    19. An interesting book about a fascinating journey. For me, Crane writes in a way that is an effective mixture of relating his own personal travails, his reflections on the journey, descriptions of the people he meets, descriptions of the scenery he encounters and historical stories and anecdotes.

    20. An intriguing read following the author and all his little eccentricities on a mountain walk across Europe. I've taken a rough guess at when I actually reads this book but it must be over 20 years. Perhaps I may read this again

    21. Well written book, but L O N G. Its a great story when you look at it as a whole, but sometimes the greatness gets lost in the mundane of the daily "grind". It felt a bit like you read the same story over several times. I enjoyed it overall, but you need to want to read it IMHO.

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