In “Mountaineering Thoughts: A journey through life lived in the mountains (4e Edition) 2022”, (the Book), Mr. Goldman wrote one hundred and fifteen poems, some of which are in rhyme, while others are in blank verse or are prose poems. All of these poems are conveyed in a narrative form that is intended to be easily accessible to all readers, including those with little or no mountaineering experience.
Mr Goldman has been climbing for over 30 years and his book describes much of what he learned on his adventures through experience and study. Importantly, he realized that mountaineers face many of the same moral dilemmas that face everything people in their daily lives, but to a more acute degree.
By addressing issues such as how to manage fear to prevail in the mountain environment, and how luck so often plays its haphazard role, Mr Goldman strives to expose the ‘hidden truths’ to the general public. with which mountaineers are regularly confronted. These truths arise not only when the mountaineer revels in his achievements, but also when he suffers from the anguish of defeat.
More so, many of the poems in this collection attempt to grapple with the “meaning of life”, including the realization that the very act of climbing itself imbues mountains with human meaning by creating meaning human where there was before. only “a blank on the map”.
Want to experience the thrills and secret ecstasies of mountaineering? Interested in participating in the convergence of poetry and adventure? If so, please order a copy of Alan V. Goldman’s book, “Mountaineering Thoughts”“, published by Outskirts Press, Inc. and available for purchase from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Shakespeare & Company and various other distinguished bookstores. Please also see Mr. Goldman’s website: www.mountainreflections.art for more information and book information.
The book will be displayed at the ALA annual conference, as listed above. Please consider visiting.
As stated in the book Dedication, this book is dedicated to: “…all future climbers and future climbers who would go in search of their Magic Mountain. The rewards are intangible and evanescent, the risk is real, but the goal is one of ineffable joy, even ecstasy, both in the climbing process itself and in achieving its goals. And remember this: there is a mysterious glory and nobility to be found in the imperfect, as long as the purpose is worthy. As the poet Robert Browning once said: “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his reach, or what good is a paradise?”” Andrea del Sartolines 97-98
“Reflections on Mountaineering: A Journey Through Life as It is Lived in the Mountains (4th Edition) (2022)”
Author | Alan V. Goldman
Gender | The psychology of adventure in the natural world; The sociology of human behavior under duress
Editor | Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date | January 28, 2022
Book retail price | $11.73 (Paperback)
Alan V. Goldman graduated from Horace Mann School (1975), Harvard College (1979), and Harvard Law School (1982). He practiced law for many years and is now retired.
“Mountaineering Thoughts” has been favorably evaluated in The American Book Reviewby Mari Carlson; Foreword Clarionby Michele Sharpe; Pacific Book Reviewby Anthony Avina; Seattle Book Reviewby Maileen Hamto; San Francisco Book Reviewby Alex Telander; IndieReader, by Joan Kirschner; and Portland Book Reviewby Theresa Kadair and last, but not least, we refer you to the positive reviews from verified Amazon buyers.
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