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Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
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May 16, 11

Read in November, 2008 — I own a copy

This is the vehement story of mountaineer Aron Ralston who always, for he starts an expedition, tells his friends and family where he's going to climb.


Just not this time, may 2003, in Utah's Bluejohn Canyon, he falls into a cave and by the most uncredible bad luck his hand gets stuck between a big massive rock.

This book describes Ralston's struggle against thirst, hunger, desperation, pain, stress and anxiety, because nobody knows where he is.

His situation keeps getting worse and worse. Running out of water, his hand dies off (because of no bloodcirculation) and he gets visions.
Recording his farewell to his family on his handycam...

All this time he has one option, but rejects this as soon that thought comes up his mind.

Everyone knows what he has done to release his self. (or the cover will spoil it)

In 2004 I heard about this story of a collegue, in 2008 I read the book and I am glad this is filmed by Danny Boyle in 2010. (A good movie by the way, where Ralston is in the end-shot for a second).

I read once that someone said: This guy got balls as a solid rock. ;)
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message 1: by K.D. (new) - added it

K.D. Absolutely Is this the same as the movie starring James Franco?


Stephan van der Linde Yes :)


message 3: by K.D. (new) - added it

K.D. Absolutely I have this in my tbr. Thanks!


Stephan van der Linde K.D. wrote: "I have this in my tbr. Thanks!"

It's far more detailled an graphic than the movie. Good choice!


message 5: by Kurt (new)

Kurt this book is horrible


Stephan van der Linde Kurt wrote: "this book is horrible"

Because it's graphic, or because it's bad...


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