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Paths of Glory

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  9,108 ratings  ·  837 reviews
Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hilary, Neil Armstrong, and Lewis and Clark are among such individuals.

But what if one man had such a dream, and once he’d fulfilled it, there was no proof that he had achieved his
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Sarah (Presto agitato)
This book was pretty atrocious. To be fair, the author does state at the beginning that it is a work of fiction, so perhaps it isn't fair to take issue with the extremely wide latitude Archer takes with the historical facts. Paths of Glory is a fictionalized account of the life of George Mallory and the British expeditions to Mount Everest in the 1920s. Some of Archer's fabrications are obviously for dramatic effect. While ridiculous, stories such as having George Mallory climb up the outside of ...more
K.D. Absolutely
My second Jeffrey Archer and I liked it. The first book I read by him was A Prisoner of Birth (3 stars) and it was a retelling of Alexander Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo (4 stars). Now this book is based on the life story of George Mallory (1886-1924) who was said to be the first human being who reached the top of Mt. Everest in 1924. He and his friend Andrew "Sandy" Irving disappeared that year and were last seen 800 vertical feet from the summit. Despite the many attempts prior, Mallory's ...more
Although I enjoyed this book, as I do all Jeffrey Archer books, I was not compelled to read it every day. It was almost a chore to sit down to read this so it could get back to the library on time. Not my favourite of his.
This is a novel based on a historical event whose outcome is unknown.
George Mallory loved climbing mountains and he had a lifelong dream of climbing to the summit of Mt. Everest - 29,002 ft. He also wanted to be the first man to do so. He promised his wife he would only attempt the climb once and if it wasn't successful, he'd be content to let that "lover" go.
Funded by the Royal Geographic Society of Great Britain, the first expedition led by Mallory in 1921 wasn't successful. A few years late
James Piper
The book is a fictional biography of the life of George Mallory.

As someone who has read a bit about Mt. Everest, I knew the name, but didn’t know much about his life. He was British. Tried to be the first to summit Everest but died in the process. Some years later, his body was discovered to confirm that he had died on the mountain, but the mystery of whether he reached the top of world wasn’t solved.

The book focuses on his point of view as a young boy to this death on Everest at the age of 37.
Steven Kent
Paths to Glory is a stylized history of the legendary mountain climber George Mallory, told in novel form and taking incredible liberties.

Let's begin by discussing George Mallory and why readers might care about him. Mallory was the British mountaineer who, when asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, stated, "Because it's there." He failed in his first attempt to climb the mountain and vanished on his second--a mystery which was not solved for 75 years.

Mallory's life and death are the stuff
Charmaine Anderson

This is not a book I would normally read but someone in my book club wanted to review it and I was lent a copy so I decided to give it a go. I must say it surprised me. I liked it a great deal. I have never read Jeffery Archer before. His writing is not flowery but crisp, fast paced and human. I wasn’t familiar with the story of George Mallroy, who made the first attempts to climb Everest. Archer painted a picture of Mallroy as a man that was driven, honorable, loving, a climbers climber from th
Monica Chin
I really liked this book! It kept me anxious for whatever came next, and the book was like a magnet, keeping me glued onto its pages especially towards the thrilling end; I remmeber staying up till three o'clock in the morning (this morning) finishing the last page! It was hard to understand because it seemed like there were many characters at once entering the page and the writing was sophisticated for me; but I got used to it as I continued reading.
This book is a true story about an englishma
Jyoti Babel
Paths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer is based on a true story. It is the story of George Mallory who dreamed of conquering the Everest and perished on his third attempt. On searching about it in Google, I found that his body was found in 1999, and it still remains a mystery whether he ever reached the summit. He was last seen six hundred feet from the top.

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Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be gua
Paths of Glory is a fictionalized account of George Mallory, a mountaineer who tried to conquer the Mount Everest in 1924, but nobody knows whether he succeeded because he died during that attempt. It is not confirmed whether Mallory died on the way down (which makes him the first man to have scaled Mount Everest) or on the way up. Many people believe that Mallory died before he climbed the highest point. Jeffrey Archer thinks otherwise. A newspaper in New Zealand called Archer’s book an insult ...more
Here's another great book I listened to in the car as I do errands, etc. It was very hard to leave it in the car after not very long. This is not your usual Jeffery Archer with a twist, but more of a historical novel. I now want to see the movie that the guy who climbed with them made.

Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. People like Christopher Columbus, Isaac Newton, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Edison, N

'Paths of Glory' is a fictionalised account of George Leigh Mallory's life upto his final disappearance attempting to summit Everest. I was concerned about losing my affinity to non-romance novels, but as it turns out, this was definitely the wrong Archer to pick.

Reading about a great man attempting great deeds, I was curiously left untouched and uninspired. The problem isn't the average writing; rather, it was the failure to get a glimpse into Mallory's psyche. From the get-go, the young Mallor
Joanna Mieso
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Cindy Hartman
I'm a huge fan of Jeffrey Archer and have carried a fascination regarding Mount Everest -- hence, Paths of Glory was a winning combination for me. Although the first half of the book was interesting about George Mallory's life and his love of climbing since he was a young lad -- the book really became difficult to put down about half way through as Mallory made his first attempt to summit. Regardless if you have a fascination for Mount Everest or if you just enjoy reading about the human spirit, ...more
Very much enjoyed the book. Great plot and suspense as usual in a Jeffrey Archer book. Couldn't put the book down. Loved that it was based on a true story and I learned a number of things I never new about mountain climbing - the hardship, the weather, the teamwork, the technical issues, the passion etc. There was also some romance and true love in the mix. Very much an inspirational book. I was moved by the passion and commitment of George Mallory in pursuing his dream and of his wife Ruth's lo ...more
Ain Amira
Page 188.

I'm quite fascinated by the love that George Mallory has for mountain climbing. He even address the mountain (everest, specifically) as his lover which shows his never ending passion for his hobby.

Apart from that, this is my first time of reading Jeffrey Archer's book and I must say that I would totally buy his other books next time. Eventhough I've not yet finished reading this one, I'm pleased to admit that I've got new knowledge on the climbers, mountains and a little bit of World Wa
Sohini Sarkar
I was literally coaxed by a friend of mine to read this and I was not all disappointed! My first Jeffery Archer; this one literally set my expectations from his other books high up there. Amazing tale of strength, grit and passion. Add to that, Lord Jeffery Archer recently visited my college and gave a short lecture on story telling which I had the privileged to attend and after that, I visited the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling wherein I came to know more about the expedition ...more
Jane C.
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An enjoyable dramatization on the life of George Mallory. Definitely based on fact with some embellishment to make for a good story. I would love to know just how close to his personality Archer comes in this novel. Mallory is made out to be an adventurer torn between his love for his wife and family and an inexhaustible ambition to achieve his ultimate goal, to finally tame his other mistress, Everest. Although I had heard of Mallory I really knew none of the details behind his exploits. It's o ...more
Sarah O'Toole
I read somewhere that Jeffrey Archer was 8 years in researching this book. It really doesn't show. You don't get any real sense of Mallory as anything other than some kind of heroic cypher with a couple of endearing flaws. There is no sense at anytime that Archer has created a character that was a living, breathing human being. I felt very similarly about the depiction of his wife Ruth. The liberties that Archer takes with the story don't really justify themselves artistically and some of them c ...more
So this is my first Jeffrey Archer`s book..It was said somewhere on the cover that he was one of the best writer, and I couldn`t agree more..

This is an inspirational story about George Mallory, an English climber who attempt to climb the Mt. EVerest on 1920-s, long before Sir Edmund Hillary succeed in doing so in 1954. His last attempt on 1924 however caused his life, with his climbing partner, Irvine. No one really knows if he succeed or not to reach the peak, until 1999 later, they found his f
Jeffrey Archer is a terrific writer! At his hands, even the stuff you have the least interest in become interesting. (e.g. the newspaper industry, politics, mountaineering) He just has a way of dramatizing everything, of taking all the little details and telling you what could quite plausibly have occured, and you'd believe his story, fictional or non-fictional. He has a way of showing you what happens, leading you along and you don't question anything (much), because you're afraid that if you d ...more
Considering that it has not an ounce of supernatural element in it, the fact that I managed to finish it in just two days was proof that this was actually quite good.

I especially like the way Mr. Archer delivered his story, using letters as a method while transferring readers from present to past. I also like the simple writing which helped me to better understand what was happening at the moment.

Shamefully speaking, I had no idea who George Mallory was before reading this novel. I had even tho
I have just completed reading Paths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer and i can tell you that i am much spellbound by his story-telling capability. It was my first time reading Archer and this had surely set me rolling onto his other books! What impressed me in this book is, it's not any ordinary fictitious story, but a story that inspires. The spotlight was on George Mallory throughout the story and as the story continues on, i felt myself being in the shoes of the respectable main character.

When the
I have been a fan of Jeffrey Archer since reading Kane and Abel many years ago. I just finished his novel, Paths of Glory, the story of the 1924 "failed" attempt to climb Mt. Everest by George Mallory. Though I am not typically a fan of man against nature themes along the lines of Jon Krakauer, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. First of all, it is not exactly a classic example of Archer's work. The plot is less sophisticated, the character's humbler, the writing simpler, resulting in a much less e ...more
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I really liked this book. Having been a fan of Jeffrey Archer's books for a long time, I just picked this one up and started reading it because I didn't really have a plan in mind for anything else at the moment. Boy was I surprised!

This book is a fictional biography of George Mallory, arguably the first human being to climb Mount Everest. And that's sort of what this story is about. But it really turns out to be oh so much more than a simple recanting of history.

Told in a fictional way and inte
This is a fictionalized biography of George Mallory, who many think was the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In 1924, in his second attempt to conquer Mt. Everest, Mallory, the climbing leader, was last seen 600 feet from the summit by one of the members of his climbing team. Mallory had told everyone that when he reached the top of Everest, he was going to leave a picture of his wife, Ruth, that he always carried in his wallet. Mallory disappeared after this last sighting and his ...more
This book is a fictionalized account of George Mallory's attempts in the early 1920's to conquer the heights of Mt. Everest. While based on facts of the pre Everest events it tries to make a case that Mallory succeeded in the conquest of Everest but failed in his attempts to return to base camp. I have read and viewed the videos of the discovery of Mallory's body in 1998 and other accounts which raise serious questions about this theory and find no basis in fact. The book, however, is well writt ...more
I am giving it 4 stars since I really learned a lot about George Mallory and the whole controversy whether he reached the summit before he died or not. I also learned a lot about the utter snobishness and exclusiveness of the English class structure as embodied by the Royal Geographic Society (Australians, non-Oxbrigde educated people, divorced people, etc. need not apply)and the insane notions of what it meant to be an amateur sportsman at the time(e.g. not use oxygen while climbing). All I can ...more
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Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician.

He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992. His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment. He is married
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“It's one of the ironies of mountaineering,' said Young, 'that grown men are happy to spend months preparing for a climb, weeks rehearsing and honing their skills, and at least a day attempting to reach the summit. And then, having achieved their goal, they spend just a few moments enjoying the experience, along with one or two equally certifiable companions who have little in common other than wanting to do it all again, but a little higher.” 13 likes
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