Touching My Fathers Soul
Jamling Tenzing Norgay
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Touching My Fathers Soul

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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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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 h...more
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
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...more
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.
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.
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
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...more
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
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...more
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"
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...more
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
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
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...more
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
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
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
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
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
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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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.
Instead of climbing all 14 8000-meter peaks, I think I'll just read all 14 books about Everest '96.

This is a great account, mostly because of the depth it goes into looking at the Sherpa culture and Tibetan Buddhism, which is often inaccessible to Westerners. Because Jamling bridges both East and West, he can bridge communication gaps and really bring me to understand a little bit of his culture, religion, and life both in and emerging from his father's shadow. Lots of beauty to be found here.

Tanya Radhakrishna
Read this in Nepal. I really enjoyed the two stories - Jamling's and his father's.
Kyle Murray
The story told by Jamling is one full of a reverence for nature and a faith that is seldom seem. This peek into the lives and culture of the sherpas who make possible the climbing of Himalayan peaks is a profound and revealing history of two of the most famous expeditions to the summit of Mount Everest that I would recommend to anyone.
Lou Gillies
Another book based on the tragic events on Everest in the spring of 1996. However, this one is very different to the others. This is written by the son of Tenzing Norgay and details not only his time on the mountain, but his understanding and coming together with his deceased father and acceptance and importance of Buddhism in his life.
Book by Jamling Tenzing Norgay, son of Tenzing Norgay who was first to summit Mount Everest with Edmund Hillary in 1953. The book is autobiographical but mostly covers Jamling's experience as climbing leader of the Imax expedition to the Mount Everest summit in 1996.

In addition to the first hand account of the climbing of Everest, I found his descriptions of the Sherpa history, their lifestyle and especially his explanation of Buddhism and how it permeates the Sherpa's lives fascinating. I learn...more
I found this book very interesting. I have read many books about mountaineering in the Himalaya's but for the most part they were from the viewpoint of the western climbers. Seeing it through the eyes of a Sherpa and a Buddhist offered a very different and enlightening perspective. For them it is a job. Little tough to re-read about the 1996 tragedy. I have to admit rushing through the final 50 pages but there is a section about how Hillary and Tenzing were treated by the press after the 1st asc...more
Zachary Mclaughlin
The only book about Everest written by a Sherpa. I read this after the two books listed below, and it gave great insight into the "other side" of mountaineering on Everest. While making his own ascent of Everest, he discusses the theology of the native culture, the economic and political effects from the onslaught of Western climbers and a more spiritual account of the disaster in 1997.

I highly recommend reading The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev and Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer before this. These t...more
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