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The Second Death of George Mallory: The Enigma and Spirit of Mount Everest

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As a boy, climbing legend Reinhold Messner was inspired by another legend: George Mallory's tragic final ascent of Mount Everest in 1924. To Messner, and to thousands of others, Mallory’s attempt--whether or not it succeeded--remains the greatest exploit in the annals of mountain climbing. Though Mallory's body was finally found, we have lost, Messner believes, the spirit ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2001)
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Sarah (Warning: Potentially Off-Topic)
Reinhold Messner may be a mountaineering legend, but his account of Mallory's Everest expeditions of the 1920s misses the mark. He interweaves Mallory's letters and writings with fictional narration from Mallory's . . . ghost (?) commenting on controversies in modern climbing in a literary device that is jarring and at times even confusing. The real Mallory was far more eloquent than his spirit apparently is (perhaps his knack for catchy turns of phrase faded in the afterlife). This book is shor ...more
These days, there is nothing like a quick 200-page adventure book to fill up a quiet weekend and motivate me to get outside more. This is my fourth Mt. Everest book, a subgenre that has captivated me in recent weeks. This is also my least favorite.

When reading about Mt Everest, you quickly notice that one ghost has risen to preeminence: George S. Mallory. He is to mountain climbing what Amelia Earhart is to aviation, an early pioneer who vanished in pursuit of a lofty goal, and whose fame only i
Sep 21, 2012 Mike rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who travels the paths less traveled
I've been intrigued by George Mallory's story since I was a kid. I liked the viewpoint of Messner, who is a world-class mountaineer himself, and I liked how Mallory's own letters & journal entries were infused into the story, but I found some of the style confusing and unnecessary. Mainly where Messner fabricates what Mallory should have or would have said. Another reviewer on here asked if these "quotes" came from Mallory's Ghost. Maybe these thoughts had been channeled to Messner...

At any
Lynn Diane
Interesting factual account of finding George Mallory's body on Mount Everest some 70 years after he perished there.
Sadly this book has been out dated since it was written before Malory's body was found.
Vicki Christensen
Really interesting account of George Mallory's quest to reach the top of Mt. Everest.
read to long ago to remember much.
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Reinhold Messner (born September 17, 1944) is an Italian mountaineer and explorer from South Tyrol, often cited as the greatest mountain climber of all time. He is renowned for making the first solo ascents of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen and for being the first climber to ascend all fourteen "eight-thousanders" (peaks over 8,000 metres above sea level). He is the author of at least 6 ...more
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