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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
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Feb 03, 08

bookshelves: contemporary-fiction, favorite-authors
Read in February, 2008

This book was so compelling that, right from the start, I found it all but impossible to put down.

A quick read, made even more so by your (the reader's) desire to know how this ill-fated climb ends for those involved, you finish this book wondering why anyone ever would desire to climb Mt. Everest.

Not sure how others responded to reading this book, but I soon after became a bit obsessed with reading additional information about the '96 Everest team (and all the finger-pointing that went on afterward) online - and there is a plenty out there, believe me. Take this link for just one example and you can go from there:

I know some films have been made of the '96 disaster, none of which I've seen, but I happened to watch the documentary Touching the Void while reading this, which gave an incredible visual sense to the dangers of high-altitude climbing. I HIGHLY recommend both.
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message 1: by Paul (new)

Paul Allor Is it weird that this book really made me WANT to climb Mt. Everest? :)

message 2: by Andy (new) - added it

Andy After reading Into the Wild, I really want to read more Krakauer and I think I'll pick this on up next. It seems like each of his novels is better than the last.

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