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The Second Death of George Mallory

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When George Mallory and Andrew Irvine disappeared in June 1924, during what would have been the first ascent to the top of Mount Everest, they left behind a seemingly unfathomable mystery. The discovery and identification of Mallory's body by an American-led team three-quarters of a century later literally laid to rest one element of that mystery. The question of whether o ...more
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Published (first published 2001)
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Sarah (Presto agitato)
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
Jake
Jan 25, 2010 Jake rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: everest-lit
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
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Mike
Sep 21, 2012 Mike rated it liked it  ·  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...

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Lynn Diane
Interesting factual account of finding George Mallory's body on Mount Everest some 70 years after he perished there.
Giulio
Apr 11, 2009 Giulio rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carole
read to long ago to remember much.
Randy Smith
Feb 21, 2011 Randy Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good book
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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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