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  • Published: 8 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446483664
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

The Hills Of Adonis




An extraordinary adventure into the heart of Lebanon by the master of literary travel writing; 'Colin Thubron is in a class of his own' (Scotsman).

For four months and five hundred miles Colin Thubron walked the mountains of Lebanon, following tracks and rivers. His journey was not only a survey of a remarkable country, but a quest for the gods and divinities who held the secrets of death and rebirth in the land's ancient cults.

He visited almost every place of cultural importance, and lived with the people along his way, recording a country of outstanding natural scenery, rich with a unique medley of races and religions.

The Hills of Adonis is both a travel book and a personal journal; for the quest is the search for meaning, a reflection on faith and reason and a poem on the joy and complexity of living.

  • Published: 8 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446483664
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

About the author

Colin Thubron

Colin Thubron is an acknowledged master of travel writing, and the winner of many prizes and awards. His first writing was about the Middle East - Damascus, Lebanon and Cyprus. In 1982 he travelled into the Soviet Union in an ancient Morris Marina, pursued by the KGB, a journey he recorded in Among the Russians. From these early experiences developed his classic travel books: Behind the Wall (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Award), The Lost Heart of Asia, In Siberia (Prix Bouvier) and Shadow of the Silk Road. His most recent book is To a Mountain in Tibet (all available in Vintage). Colin Thubron was President of the Royal Society of Literature from 2010 to 2017.

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Praise for The Hills Of Adonis

He has the mind of a scholar, uses language like a poet and has written a lovely mosaic of a book

Daily Telegraph

An unforgettable experience

Irish Times

Adventurous, observant, modest, poetical, Mr Thubron is a traveller after one's own heart

Sunday Times

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