A plant hunter, Karl Linden, and his brother Caspar are on their way to the Himalayas to collect the plants of that region. Many adventures befell the brothers and their guides, all of which led to their being trapped in the mountains. This is a story of their escape from those mountains. (Ann Boulais)
First Page:The Cliff Climbers A Sequel to "The Plant Hunters"
By Captain Mayne Reid The book begins with two young brothers and an Indian guide, in a valley in the Himalayas, into which they had ascended with some difficulty in the preceding book "The Plant Hunters".
Unfortunately they find they cannot get out at the top of the valley, and they cannot go back the way they came. So they are stuck.
They try various ingenious ideas for getting out, each of which appears as though it would work, but in the end does not, usually in a quite entertaining way. Eventually they do think of a way, which I will not divulge here, and they get out, but it had been a long nerve racking period before their final release.
The copy of the book I worked from looked at first sight as though it had been beautifully printed. But this turned out to be a delusion, for the type setting had been truly awful. It does seem sad that an author, a well known one at the time, could take the trouble to write a good book, that he should use a good publisher, and a good illustrator, a good book binder, only to have the whole thing let down by very poor type setting... Continue reading book >>