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Tyrol and the Tyrolese: the People and the Land in their Social, Sporting and Mountaineering Aspects

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    WHATEVER other qualities Mr. Grohman's book may possess, it is at least intensely interesting. The author is by birth half a Tyrolese, and he has spent several years in the country evidently living frequently in ail respects as a native, and thus having unusual opportunities of becoming thoroughly acquainted with the country arid the people, What we have said in speaking of Dr. Leared's Work on Morocco, might be applied with equal force to Tyrol, which, although the yearly resort of hundreds of tourists, is known to most only on the surface. Mr. Grohman's chapters give one a very satisfactory idea of the character and customs and general life of the people, and his sketches of the mountain scenery and of the habits of the chamois and black-cock are interesting, and in the latter case may furnish naturalists with a few additional facts. The people themselves are evidently made of splendid stuff, but at present rough and raw, and sorely in need of being polished. They are overridden with superstition, and in many of their customs, especially in the matter of social morality, have a strong resemblance to what the Scotch were generally a generation or two ago, and are still in some remote districts. The book is mostly occupied with Mr. Grohman's personai adventures, and one is sometimes inclined to suspect that these have been pieced together so as to tell effectively. This, however, simply adds to the interest, and does not detract from the value of the work. One of the most interesting chapters describes an ascent of the Gross Glockner in the dead of winter by the author and four guides. The illustrations are very beautiful, and the book, we should think, is likely to find many readers.

    Tyrol and the Tyrolese: the People and the Land in their Social, Sporting and Mountaineering Aspects.

    W. A. Baillie


    By. With numerous illustrations. (London: Longmans, 1876.)

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