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Becoming A Mountain

(2014)
Himalayan Journeys In Search Of The Sacred And The Sublime
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Stephen Alter was raised by American missionary parents in the hill station of Mussoorie, in the foothills of the Himalayas, where he and his wife, Ameeta, now live. Their idyllic existence was brutally interrupted when four armed intruders invaded their house and viciously attacked them, leaving them for dead. The violent assault and the trauma of almost dying left him questioning assumptions he had lived by since childhood. For the first time, he encountered the face of evil and the terror of the unknown. He felt like a foreigner in the land of his birth.

This book is his account of a series of treks he took in the high Himalayas following his convalescence-to Bandar Punch (the monkey's tail), Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India, and Mt. Kailash in Tibet. He set himself this goal to prove that he had healed mentally as well as physically and to re-knit his connection to his homeland. Undertaken out of sorrow, the treks become a moving soul journey, a way to rediscover mountains in his inner landscape. Weaving together observations of the natural world, Himalayan history, folklore and mythology, as well as encounters with other pilgrims along the way, Stephen Alter has given us a moving meditation on the solace of high places, and on the hidden meanings and enduring mystery of mountains.

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March 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime
Author(s): Stephen Alter
ISBN: 1-62872-510-9 / 978-1-62872-510-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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October 2014 : Hardback
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Title: Becoming a Mountain
Author(s): Stephen Alter
ISBN: 9383064048 / 978-9383064045
Publisher: Rupa Publishing
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Paperback Editions

March 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime
Author(s): Stephen Alter
ISBN: 1-62872-909-0 / 978-1-62872-909-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
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March 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime
Author(s): Stephen Alter
Publisher: Audible Studios
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March 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime
Author(s): Stephen Alter
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


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March 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime
Author(s): Stephen Alter
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA