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Paths of Glory

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  7,031 ratings  ·  698 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...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Sarah (Warning: Potentially Off-Topic)
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
Julie
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.
Debby
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Anjali
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
Aoi

'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...more
Joanna Mieso
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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....more
Chuck
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
Jane C.
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Phil
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
Mom
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...more
CekMoNSter
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...more
Rachel
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
Shuling
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...more
Ryokan
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...more
Ruth
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
John
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...more
Kari
This book is based on the true story of George Mallory. He was a mountaineer who attempted to climb Mount Everest in the 1920's. He died on his third attempt, and his body was found near the top in 1999. The author alludes to the mystery of whether he died on his way up or down, possibly making him the first man to reach the peak. The book was entertaining. At the end, the author offers tidbits about the fates of the other true characters involved in Mallory's story. For those of us who are clue...more
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
Rupansh
"Paths Of Glory" is based on the true story of George Mallory -- Mallory of Everest.

Mr. George Leigh Mallory was the best mountaineer of his times. He had only one dream, to conquer the untouched lady - Chomolungma i.e., Mount Everest. First expedition on Mt. Everest was planned in the year 1915. But due to the outbreak of First World War, it was postponed.
Mallory had one other woman in his life apart from Mt. Everest and she was his beloved wife Ruth. He left both of them to serve his country i...more
Ty
An easy and somewhat compelling read. Only "somewhat" compelling because the action in the narrative keeps you flipping the pages just to find out what happens next; but everyone knows how the story ends so that took some of the mystery away.

Although easy to read, one can imagine the story being more inspiring in the hands of another writer. In the end, it felt like reading a screenplay to a dramatic saga of a man's life without the emotions of the actors injected into it.
Ann
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Pete Loveday
This is not a typical Jeffrey Archer book. Whilst I enjoyed the manufactured 1910-20's speech style and the 'man against nature' adventure story, the 'facts' were just a bit too neat to be believable.
In the front sheets the author gives the game away with 'Inspired by a true story' and that was where the book lost me. In today's cynical world climbing the Eiffel tower and escaping hotel rooms through open windows ten floors up is a bit rich.
A book to read when all else fails.
Tad Richards
Can you give zero stars? That's what I'd prefer to. I found nothing to like about this book. There's no characterization at all. The minor characters are virtually nonexistent, and the one major character is cardboard. The historical background is shallow; the plot drags, the mountaineering stuff gives no insight. And did nobody tell Jeffrey Archer that "Paths of Glory" has already been used as the title for a great Stanley Kubrick movie, a twentieth century masterpiece?
Bernadette Long
I havent and wasnt interested in reading a Jeffrey Archer book and although many of the reviews say its not as good as others his written, i cant compare as i havent read any of his, but i have to say i did enjoy it, Mallorys determination at a young age to be a climber and i would like to think he did make it to the top n the love he had for his wife n family, im tempted to read another Jeffrey Archer to see how much better the others are.
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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...more
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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.” 11 likes
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