No Picnic on Mount Kenya: The Story of Three Pows' Escape to Adventure

Felice Benuzzi

No Picnic on Mount Kenya: The Story of Three Pows' Escape to Adventure
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No Picnic on Mount Kenya: The Story of Three Pows' Escape to Adventure

Felice Benuzzi

In the shadow of Mount Kenya, surrounded by the forests and creatures of the savannah, life drags interminably for the inmates of POW Camp 354, captured in Africa during World War II. Confined to an endless cycle of boredom and frustration, one prisoner realizes he can bear it no longer. When the clouds covering Mount Kenya part one morning to reveal its towering peaks for the first time, Felice Benuzzi is transfixed. The tedium of camp life is broken by the beginnings of a sudden idea–an outrageous, dangerous, brilliant idea. Not many people would break out of a POW camp and trek for days across perilous terrain before climbing the north face of Mount Kenya with improvised equipment, meager rations, and a picture of the mountain on a tin of beef as their most accurate guide. Fewer still would break back into the camp on their return. This is the remarkable story of three such men–a powerful testament to the human spirit of rebellion and adventure–reissued in a deluxe edition featuring Benuzzi’s own watercolor paintings of the expedition and a final chapter that has never before appeared in English.

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