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Storms Of Silence

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  258 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
In Storms of Silence Joe Simpson recalls the severe snowstorm which put an end to an attempt with four others on Gangchempo and the infection which forced him to abandon the climb on Cho Oyu in tibet. During that expedition he has a disturbing encounter with a party of political refugees and a 4-year-old boy fleeing across the Tibetan border. He becomes obsessed with stori ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 6th 1997 by Vintage (first published 1996)
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Oct 05, 2012 Pj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Too bad I took so long to get my hands on this as the books he suggests for further reading are not available on Kindle. Doesn't make me want to rush out and shake hands with a Chinese politician though !
Apr 24, 2013 Sheila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mountaineering
"Storms of Silence" is more about Joe Simpson's observations regarding how tourism has affected the countries where the mountaineers flock, sporting their high-tech gear and expensive gadgets. I was interested to read about the history of the remote places where Joe Simpson travelled, he described the disasters, political upsrisings and human atrocities in a reverant manner but with graphic detail. He also wrestles with his fear and apprehension of climbing since his near fatal accident 10 years ...more
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Sep 03, 2013 Nicole Fraser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"The snow fell like soft voices whispering through the walls of my tent. I lay back in my sleeping bag and listened to the dry scratching sounds, watching as grey-blue shadows briefly formed on the Gore-Tex and then slithered down in a murmur of indistinct husky rumours...I seemed to be on the edge of a hundred conversations, confused by a quiet vortex of sounds, all talking to me. It made me think about avalanches."

-- the opening lines of Storms of Silence, another astonishing book by Joe Simps
Mar 03, 2013 Stuart rated it liked it
Goes without saying that this lacks the momentum of "touching the void", but for a book dealing more the mountaineer than the mountaineering this one is more thoughtful and interesting than a lot of the others. Well worth a read.
Jul 22, 2010 Derek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reasonably well written, but really doesn't develop either as a 'mountaineering adventure' or as an alaysis of (male) aggression and becomes a bit political re. Tibet/China. Disappointing after '..Void'.
Nov 12, 2008 Oanh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A collection of thoughts and journeys, really. Less cohesive than Touching the Void. Interesting but not excellent.
Apr 29, 2008 Kathryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
he's a good writer but it's kind of more of the same as usual.
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Jul 05, 2013 Katrina Mccrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
excellent read. Thought provoking.
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Joe Simpson is the author of the bestselling Touching the Void, as well as four subsequent non-fiction books published by The Mountaineers Books: This Game of Ghosts, Storms of Silence, Dark Shadows Falling, and The Beckoning Silence. The Beckoning Silence won the 2003 National Outdoor Book Award. The other three published by The Mountaineers Books were all shortlisted for the Boardman Tasker Awa ...more
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