No Picnic on Mount Kenya: A Daring Escape, A Perilous Climb

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by Felice Benuzzi | Sports |
ISBN: 1558218769 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winghyphen8wing of Honolulu, Hawaii USA on 5/9/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Monday, May 09, 2016
This book followed me home from the 2014 Hawaii Book & Music Festival: larger photo here.

Note: the physical label inside this book may not match the label image next to the book cover at the top of this journal entry - somehow my store order generated LOTS of extra numbers!

This is both a mountain climbing adventure and a prison break story: the author was an Italian prisoner in a British POW camp during WWII who broke out of prison to climb the second-highest mountain in Africa.

Journal Entry 2 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Monday, May 09, 2016
TBR, but reserved for booklady331's US Non-Fiction VBB (round 3).

May 2016: reading it now...

Journal Entry 3 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Wednesday, June 15, 2016
So you're a POW and you're really, really bored. What to do? There's no realistic possibility of long-term escape, but you make a plan to escape - temporarily - so you can climb a mountain!

Quite an adventure: with home-made equipment, and with virtually no food, these men attempted a climb that few had successfully achieved before them.

I don't think they make POW camps like that any more...but Benuzzi and his companions were pretty special.

I'll count this as one of my Africa reads for kiwiinengland's 2016 Around the World Reading Challenge.

Journal Entry 4 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (6/11/2016 UTC) at Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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This was dropped in a mailbox, probably on 6/11. Headed out via media mail to booklady331 for her US Non-Fiction VBB.

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Journal Entry 5 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Tuesday, July 19, 2016
The book arrived today. Thank you so much for sharing with me. I'm planning on reading it this fall.

Journal Entry 6 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Sunday, August 05, 2018
Just began reading the book

Journal Entry 7 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Monday, August 06, 2018
This is a story that painted a picture about life in a WW2 POW camp, and an adventure on Mt. Kenya. Full of details about what led to the climb, the climb itself, but most of all, the spirit of the the men involved. It is a story, universal to all men.... the need to live life to it's fullest, no matter the circumstances. My only wish would be that the author's paintings of this "picnic" had been included. I am amazed at how many details the author remembered.

Read for the 666 around the world challenge . PMed another BCer as it is on her wish list.

Journal Entry 8 by wingbooklady331wing at Cape Coral, Florida USA on Thursday, August 09, 2018

Released 11 mos ago (8/9/2018 UTC) at Cape Coral, Florida USA

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Enjoy! off to jennannej - a book from her wishlist

Journal Entry 9 by jennannej at Coronado, California USA on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Think I spotted this book on twitter and the premise sounded engaging!

Thanks so much to booklady331 for this book! It came in this morning's mail and I look forward to jumping in.

Journal Entry 10 by jennannej at Coronado, California USA on Tuesday, October 16, 2018
What a fun story!

An Italian POW in Africa decided boredom was worse than risking his neck on a climb of Mount Kenya - so he and a couple fellow prisoners escaped to scale the peak on a multi-week adventure. I loved his perspective on life and the practical things they did to try and prepare for the trip (MacGuyver-ing so much of their gear).

The writing is not great, and he does tend to go on a bit too much here and there, but overall, a cracking good adventure story!

Journal Entry 11 by jennannej at Coronado, California USA on Monday, November 05, 2018

Released 8 mos ago (11/5/2018 UTC) at Coronado, California USA

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Gave to my bf, the climber.

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