Non-Fiction Book Reviews
Book Review: Beneath Blossom Rain
By Sandy Amazeen Aug 23, 2011, 16:59 GMT
In a remote kingdom hidden in the Himalayas, there is a trail said to be the toughest trek in the world-twenty-four days, 216 miles, eleven mountain passes, and enough ghost stories to scare an exorcist.In 2007 Kevin Grange decided to acquaint himself with the country of Bhutan by taking on this infamous trail, the Snowman Trek. He was thirty-three, at a turning point in life, and figured the best way ...more
For those unfamiliar with the Snowman Trek, it is a grueling two hundred sixteen mile hike over eleven Himalayan passes in the remote country of Bhutan. In 2007, Kevin Grange found himself confronting some serious life issues and felt a group trek through the mountains would be the ideal way to find the answers. What unfolds is a beautiful journey of discovery that celebrates the culture and simple magnificence of Bhutan. Additionally, Grange absorbs the spiritual aspect of this special country through his contacts with monasteries, monks and the many religious sites that beckon passersby to learn more of Buddhist philosophy. The interactions between the group and staff are entertaining, full of humor and add further depth to an already fascinating tale.
More then a simple travelogue, this engaging story of an amazing twenty-four day adventure will appeal to seasoned travelers and armchair explorers alike. The black and white snapshots lack the professional look which further accentuates the story while adding a sense of place. The warmth with which Granger portrays everyone he encounters and the breathtaking country allow readers to instantly connect to his adventures and perhaps begin to dream of their own trek.