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eBook The Last River: The Tragic Race for Shangri-La (Eazimaps) [Paperback] ePub

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  • ISBN: 0330485881
  • Category: Writing Research and Publishing Guides
  • Subcategory: Reference
  • Author: Author
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: PAN (2001)
  • Pages: 304
  • ePub book: 1750 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1556 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 741

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This race is to blame for Todd Balf's faltering missteps. In a book obstensibly about kayaking the last great untamed river, there's almost no kayaking.

For Wick Walker and Tom McEwan, extreme whitewater pioneers, best friends, and trip leaders, the Tsangpo adventure was the culmination of a twenty-five-year quest for glory. This race is to blame for Todd Balf's faltering missteps.

The book The Last River I have odered came fast and in excellent condition. Like others, I wondered at the number of people who slammed this book, which I found to be gripping, enjoyable, and in places hard to read for all the right reasons

The book The Last River I have odered came fast and in excellent condition. I was very satisfied. Like others, I wondered at the number of people who slammed this book, which I found to be gripping, enjoyable, and in places hard to read for all the right reasons. The answer is simple: this book is not written for the armchair adventurer, for someone who will watch the Discovery Channel but never actually go to any of those places they'll see on the screen. It tells some hard truths, and I can easily understand why those who bought the book hoping to be entertained by someone else's tragedy would be greatly disappointed.

The Last River is a thrilling adventure in one of our planet's wildest and most alluring places. It is no wonder that local legend has this place as the sacred site of Shangri-La. Running through the southwest corner of Tibet, the Tsangpo River is the last and most dangerous uncharted whitewater passage. It is also a place of extraordinary beauty, coursing through snow capped mountain ranges and ripping through verdant jungle. And according to kayaking legend, the Tsanpo Gorge is the Holy Grail of rafting. In October 1998, a team sponsored by National Geographic set out to conquer it.

Start by marking The Last River: The Tragic Race for Shangri-la as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. The Last River invites us to view the Himalayas from a totally new perspective - on a historic river so remote that only the most hardy and romantic souls attempt to unlock its mysteries.

The Last River avoids speculating.

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For Wick Walker and Tom McEwan, extreme whitewater pioneers, best friends, and trip leaders, the Tsangpo adventure was the culmination of a twenty-five-year quest for glory

This is the story of that ill-fated adventure and a riveting evocation of one of the planet's wildest and most alluring places. Crown/Archetype, Broadway Books. Balf does a great job describing not only the people involved in this tragic adventure, but just how dangerous it really was. Balf also is wonderful in giving cultural, historical and geographical backbone to the Tibetan landscape.

Running through the southwest corner of Tibet, the Tsangpo River is the last and most dangerous uncharted whitewater passage.

Running through the southwest corner of tibet, the tsangpo river is the last and most dangerous uncharted whitewater passage it is also a place of extraordinary beauty, coursing through snow capped mountain ranges and ripping through verdant jungle it is no wonder that local legend has this place as the sacred site of shangri-la and according to kayaking legend, the tsanpo gorge is the holy grail of rafting in october 1998, a team sponsored by national geographic set out to conquer it en route, they found that ng had also sponsored another team whose descent was timed just after their own the chance of success was slim, but the race was officially on this is a breathtaking story of trial and tragedy, which simultaneously gives inspiring insight into the self-illumination and growth experienced by people who match their skill, strength, stamina and inner resources against the most formidable of obstacles with his riveting account of the trip, balf has supplied a smart introduction to the daredevil lifestyle of river runners fortune

Comments

Vudozilkree Vudozilkree
There are troubling questions in The Last River that are never fully dealt with: Did our intrepid kayakers blunder into a dangerous situation because they were racing others to be the first to explore and conquer a new territory? Were they pressured by big money sponsors to move forward with an ill-timed expedition?
Well, there's been another race, too, a rush among big-money publishers to be the first to capitalize on the Tsangpo saga. This race is to blame for Todd Balf's faltering missteps. In a book obstensibly about kayaking the last great untamed river, there's almost no kayaking. Some guys plan a trip, things go wrong, they go home, and people argue about it in Internet newsgroups.
There's no bone-pounding thrill of whitewater; the river is just cubic feet per second. The landscape isn't spiritual or ugly or haunted or massive; it's just a curvy line on a globe. And the kayakers aren't driven or psychotic or lonely or deluded; they're just pins on a map. And the pins are all the same color.
Balf wasn't there, and the people who were haven't shared much with him, and it shows. Don't buy this book; don't read this book.
Ynye Ynye
Very well written with interesting in depth background of the region and the paddlers. The last 50 pages or so were mostly about the reaction of the pading community to the tragic death of one of the team. I lost I interest in that part
HyderCraft HyderCraft
i realy enjoyed this book. i am a whitewater kayaker myself, and i was very interested in the planning and dynamics of the expedition. it seemed like real life to me. the only thing i wish is that there were some photos or maps...
Kage Kage
I enjoyed it completely.
Wooden Purple Romeo Wooden Purple Romeo
Even with our satellite photos, gps and other technical advances, nature still has the last word. I hope this river is never tamed!
Lestony Lestony
The book The Last River I have odered came fast and in excellent condition. I was very satisfied.
FailCrew FailCrew
Like others, I wondered at the number of people who slammed this book, which I found to be gripping, enjoyable, and in places hard to read for all the right reasons. The answer is simple: this book is not written for the armchair adventurer, for someone who will watch the Discovery Channel but never actually go to any of those places they'll see on the screen. It tells some hard truths, and I can easily understand why those who bought the book hoping to be entertained by someone else's tragedy would be greatly disappointed. If, however, you've ever been closer to real adventure than picturing yourself in an SUV ad, I have a feeling this book will work for you.

It is not a fun book. No book with a tragedy at its center should be fun or light reading, really. But it is fascinating, compelling, a page-turner. It is highly educational, particularly for those who are inclined to view adventure athletes as brain-dead adrenaline junkies. By taking the reader through the expedition members' hard work and preparation, the hassles and hardships they endured, the book forces us to see them as being in many ways the antithesis of the stereotype: they are patient, painstaking, and thorough.

The bottom line is that this book isn't the literary equivalent of America's Most Death-Defying Videos. It's not written to titillate the folks back home. It seeks to tell the truth about a pursuit that many people find simply incomprehensible. If read with an open mind and without an expectation of being thrilled by death-defying feats, I think it will give the reader that understanding.
"Extreme", "lantern jawed", "boulders the size of buildings". Mix these three cliches, stir in an almost incomprehensible mix of first names and some [partial] biographies and you have the essence of Todd Balf's The Last River - The Tragic Race of Shangri-La. Ostensibly the tale of a river exploration by kayak gone awry it's focus is continuously blurred by disorganized snippets of arcana and personal information about the participants and (too many) peripheral players in this tale of a grand scheme gone bad. The real tragedy of this story seems to be the fact that Balf is the self- appointed chronicler of it. Balf continuously mires the reader in minutiae that is scattered seemingly hodge-podge throughout the story. The timeline of the book wavers between serpentine and non-existent and further clouds an already confusing tale. The story itself, the story of a group of experienced paddlers seeking the ultimate challenge on one of the mightiest rivers in the far east, has unlimited potential to be engaging. Instead, Balf scrawls such a circuitous, hackneyed missive, that the weakly developed principal characters rush down a river of unpredictable, choppy and confusing prose long before they reach the river that shares those qualities. In the Author's Note Balf writes of his struggle to give shape to an original article about the topic of his book. The reader is predisposed to think that Balf underwent the same struggle with the book..and lost. Balf seems overwhelmed by the topic at hand: too much information, too much forced drama and too many characters have resulted in an unruly pastiche of a story. In the end it is the story that suffers: the clarity of the participant's vision has been lost, the essence of the experience that beckoned them left unexplored. For [the money] CAN there are more entrancing journeys for the reader to take.