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Nima

A Novel
Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Nima is a young Sherpa woman living in the foothills of the Himalayas, a range so immense and a place so isolated it is impossible to imagine anything existing beyond it. Nima and her sister are both betrothed to Norbu, a local Sherpa, but when Norbu stuns both families by only wanting to marry Nima, Nima flees her father’s wrath and the destiny that had been arranged for all of them.   

Disguised as a man, Nima seeks work, and is hired by an American journalist to guide their small group up to Everest Base Camp. The journey is treacherous, and Nima challenges every restriction her culture places on her gender while balancing the duties of her new role as guide. Popescu brings to life the many contradictions of the region through the eyes of Nima: trails strewn with litter overlook majestic views, Buddhist clarity is marred by sexual oppression, and a tourism industry that fuels the local economy also threatening to destroy it.

©2019 Adam Popescu (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Terrific debut novel

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I hope to hear more from Adam Popescu. Perhaps he wil Travel and Write in the tradition of James Michener. In any case, this is an entertaining and thoughtful story about a culture and very different from when we are exposed to. I have mixed feelings because I am interested in these people but wish that the Western world would leave them alone. We don’t need to invade every part of the world to satisfy our own curiosity.
Popescu touches on this selfishness by Westerners in the novel without belaboring the point. It was a lovely story of a young girl and her search for self.

A reader makes all the difference for me. I have returned books because of the reader. I am happy to say that Elizabeth Rogers does a fine job.

I highly recommend this book If you like the synopsis and the type of story, you will not be disappointed.