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Touching My Fathers Soul

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,356 ratings  ·  80 reviews
I confess I am not a climber. I have been known to wander around mountains with bloody knees and a smile, but when it comes to serious climbing, my adventures are strictly facilitated by the many authors cashing in on Mt. Everest, its mystical associations, and risks. After books like Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster, The Climb: Tragic Ambiti ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 467 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2001)
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Jake
As I read this book, I kept feeling sorry for people who only know Mt. Everest through Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air . They are missing out. It's not that Mr. Norgay's book is better, only that it offers a sharply different perspective. Put another way, this book taught me that a true understanding of Everest cannot be achieved from the perspective of only one nationality or ethnicity.

Like so many people, I thought the term "Sherpa" was just a job title, not the name of an entire people with a
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Corrina
When Jon Krakauer writes "I learned alot" in the introduction to a book, I definitely want to read that book. And so this wonderful book begins... by the end of it, you feel you have gone up Everest not once but several times - you relive the tragic 1996 season, you find a new dimension of the Norgay/Hillary first ascent, and you finally understand the backstory of Chomolungma and the spell she has cast over the world. My favorite lines in the book are, from western climbers: "You don't conquer ...more
Ashley
Apr 24, 2007 Ashley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adventurers, Climbers, Those wanting to learn more about Buddhism
This book is a good compliment to Krakauer's "Into Thin Air." Unlike the Krakauer book, which focuses mostly on the climb up Everest in 1996 and tragic events that unfolded there, this book looks at climbing Everest from the Sherpa's perspective.

I found Norgay's explanation of Buddhism, his return to faith and family, and the physical aspect of climbing very moving. Alone, without the background of Krakauer's book I don't know that I would have liked this book so much-- knowing the backdrop for
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Dagny
Jamling Norgay is the son of Tensing Norgay Sherpa who ascended Mt. Everest with Sir Edmund Hillery in 1953. In Touching My Father's Soul, he recounts portions of his father's life and his own early life before beginning the tale of his own first attempt at Mt. Everest, the ill-fated 1996 Everest IMAX expedition. There have been other books recounting this expedition but this is the first one by a local person instead of an outsider.
Desmond Beddoe
The spiritual and physical journey taken in the quest for Everest is made all the more remarkable by my having just been physically through all the places Jamling writes about. The Buddhist beliefs and culture are carved into the rocks and traditions of the Himalayas, this book reawakens the authors acceptance of his father's legacy and allows him to be spiritually renewed. A wonderful read.
Loren
This was a good read. It was interestign to get hte perspective of a Sherpa. Despite being an member of the group, he had a unique insight into the expedition / tragedy from a Sherpa POV.

I learned much about Tenzing Norgay from this book. He seems an amazing man who was respected and revered by multiple cultures so much that many claim him as their own.
Jeannette
Jul 24, 2008 Jeannette rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who read Into Thin Air, to compare
Great book. It's hard to pigeonhole this book into one genre. It's a bio of Tenzig Norgay, reflections of his son, non-fiction about the disasterous season on Mt. Everest, and an intro into Sherpa culture. This book will have you gripped.
Ruta Sevo
The author is a Nepali, the son of the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay who made it to the top of Everest with Edmund Hillary in 1953, and a man with an unusual life. He climbed Mt. Everest himself with the 1996 expedition that made the IMAX movie. His motivation was to recover a sense for his father. He became one of the filmed climbers in the IMAX movie. You read the details of his life in the Everest mountaineering culture and as a Sherpa. The story of the climb is itself quite gripping and unique in co ...more
Amanda
Touching My Father's Soul chronicles the heart-pounding, exhilarating stories of the 1996 IMAX team's journey to the top of Mount Everest or more accurately, Chomolungma as well as that of Norgay's father's climb with Sir Edmund Hillary.
Ironically, however, I found the stories of Norgay's fellow climbers more intriguing than his own--not that his was dull. Their courage and resilience repeatedly astounded me, particularly that of Beck Weathers who after being given up for dead willed himself to
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Amerynth
Jamling Tenzing Norgay's "Touching my Father's Soul: A Sherpa's Journey to the Top of Everest" is really an excellent book. It was wonderful to read about Everest from a Sherpa's perspective.

Jamling, of course, is the son of Tenzing Norgay, who was the first to ascend Mt. Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary. Jamling himself was on an expedition up Everest with a team carrying an IMAX camera in the tragic 1996 season when 12 climbers lost their lives -- most on the same day in the teeth of a ferocio
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Monty
This book weaves the story of the first complete ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and a Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay with a 1996 ascent by Jamling Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa's son. Also woven into the story is the complex way that Buddhist beliefs interplay with the planning, execution and completing the climb. I didn't find myself enthralled by the story, but by the end I wound up feeling a deeper sense of what climbing the mountain means. I also had a greater appreciation of the s ...more
Sara
This book makes me want to re-read Krakauer's Into Thin Air. It is good to get another perspective on Everest, culture and Beliefs; Especially from a local.

I don't understand wanting to climb Everest for personal gain or to say you did it. Jamling did a good job of explaining how Everest should be approached, with respect and humility and blessings. I liked how he explained his culture and father's story as well as his account of the climb.

It saddens my heart to know how much $ is spent to cli
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Christina
Know what you are getting into before you start this book: it is not written to be a gripping, adrenaline-pumping adventure story. It is slow paced. The 1996 season's narrative is interspersed with a lot of history about Everest and surrounding nations, other mountain-climbing tales, Jamling's family and particularly his father's life and legacy, as well as Tibetan Buddhism. This book does recount the tragedies that befell the other teams in 1996 and the IMAX team's victory but those events are ...more
Sayan Mukherjee
jamling's novel is a document of self exploration, exploration of the human soul. human beings face the truth when they confront something which is much larger than their existence. the everest tragedy of 96 proved the same for Jamling and his documentation of same along with his exploration of spirituality takes this book to a different level.

the modern world which tries to look at everything with rationality and objectivity miss out a lot. as this rationality is based on miniscule knowledge of
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Monjamckay
Jul 24, 2007 Monjamckay rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brooke
This is the Sherpa's version of the 1996 climbing disaster on Everest and is a great read to get a different perspective after reading "Into Thin Air"
Tanya
I loved this book. It was like three different stories in one: a story of the contrast between the Western view of "conquering" things like Mt. Everest vs. a pilgrimage to the top of Chomolungma; a story of a son trying to find his father and the culture of Nepal and the Sherpas; and a story of 1996's climbing season with all the tragedy that happened at that time. Considering the tragedies since that time and the rising ecological damage to Mt. Everest.

An easy read I wish it were going to be re
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Abhay
I went in expecting a mountaineering story - obviously with a lot of personal insight and emotional aspects of the father-son duo (having already seen the IMAX film on this expedition) but what we seem to get is a book literally full of Tibetan Buddhist rituals and not much else. While he goes from the summit to base camp in a page or two, stories of cremations and divinitions take centre stage and go on and on.

That's good for those who want only the spiritual and mystical side of this particula
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Sara
I bought this book when I was in India (in 2004) and it has taken me this long to actually bugger down and read it. I'm not really that into mountaneering and climbing and that is why it was only when I was out of other books that I pulled this from the shelf.

As I said, I'm not really into mountaneering and that is probably why it gets a 2 star rating from me. I found it to be a mix between Tenzing family history, Buddhist teachings and detailed accounts of the 1953 and 1996 expeditions with sn
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Mazola1
Perhaps only Jamling Tenzing Norgay could have written this book. Touching My Father's Soul, subtitled A Sherpa's Journey to the Top of Everest, is not just any Sherpa's tale, and not just another story of climbing Mount Everest. Jamling Tenzing Norgay is the son of Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who with Sir Edmund Hillary, made the first successful climb to the summit of Mount Everest. Jamling's book is a rich and complex story which explores such topics as filial devotion, cultural differences, a ...more
Shannon
If you're an Everest nerd like I am, you will enjoy this book. But if you are interested in an informative yet fun read that accurately and engagingly captures the 1996 tragedy on Everest, I'd recommend you go instead to Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air. My problem with the book is, first of all, the language and word usage is kind of dry for my taste. Maybe it's because English is not Jamling's first language. But there's nothing about the language that seems animated or interesting. It reads like ...more
Steph McGlenchy
Let's establish right from the get go that I am not a mountaineering type. I am not a hiker, not a climber.
But this book made we want to be one. I don't think I've experienced a book that made me feel like I was literally there, in that moment climbing the tallest peak in the world. Jamling's memories of his father are also very moving. Love this book.
Laurie March
Oct 25, 2008 Laurie March rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
I started reading this the day before our house burned down so it is a special book to me. Here is why?

Early in the book Norgay speaks of a relative, his grandfather if I remember correctly, and how the man gave up his possessions to live in a hut in the mountains. That was the last thing I read before we lost our home. That one section of the book stood out for me and helped me through a difficult time.

I replaced the book shortly after the fire and finished reading it. It was a great read and
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Mathilda
In the footsteps of Tenzing Norgay touching my Father's Soul....A friend gave me this book to read; normally this is not the kind of book that I would’ve chosen for myself. Jamling Tenzing Norgay, the son of the sherpa Tenzing Norgay, who in company with Edmund Hillary made the first ascent to the summit of Everest in 1953, relives his own experience of climbing the mountain, finds himself high on Everest in the spring of 1996 as a key member of David Breashear's IMAX film team. It is the same S ...more
Bruce
A very interesting book that details the Sherpa/Buddhist view of Everest expeditions. I learned a great deal about Sherpa rituals and practices by reading this account written by Tenzing Norgay's son, Jambling. Jambling's quest to summit Everest as part of the cast for the Imax movie, Everest, opens many doors to how and why people make climbs like this, the team interactions and challenges and his pursuit to connect with his religion and his famous father. It reads a bit choppy since it jumps f ...more
Oanh
Another telling of climbing on Everest during 1996; this time by Tenzing Norgay's son. A wonderful story of a climb, introspection and so much information about Nepalese Buddhist practises. Very interesting to have a Sherpa's perspective, and a perspective from someone who considers themselves cross-cultural. This one, too, places climbing Everest in historical context - talking of past climbs, and of course the first successful summit (and descent) by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary. Very muc ...more
Shauna
After reading Into Thin Air by Krakauer, which gave an overview of the tragedy of the spring 1996 Everest climbing season, followed by The Climb by Boukreev, which gave a somewhat clearer and more technical account of the same, this book was a refreshing change of pace in my sudden obsession on the topic. Interweaving the story of the IMAX crew's climb on the fated day are the stories of many other climbers and Sherpas, including the 1953 climb by Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay, the authors fa ...more
Maria
Having read about 5 or 6 books related to the 1996 Everest disaster I hesitated before starting this book. However it is much less about the 1996 disaster and focuses largely on Jamling's journey to follow in his Father's footsteps up Everest. It looks at Sherpa culture, Tibetan Buddhism, provides interesting background on Tenzing Norgay and the influences on his life, as well as the complex influences on Jamling's life. There are few books written from the perspective of the Sherpa people & ...more
Kell
Jun 02, 2008 Kell rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Deep thinkers and adventurers
Recommended to Kell by: The book store shelf...
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Tim
Sorry, I wanted to like this book, but he's a touch sled righteous and the continual superstition and worship of many deities bored me.
Peggy
I officially have no interest in climbing Mt Everest after several books on the subject. I liked the perspective of this one.
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