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Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
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Sep 06, 11

bookshelves: outdoors, nonfiction
Read from August 16 to September 06, 2011


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08/26/2011 page 33
08/29/2011 page 71
41.0% "If I hadn't watched the documentary dozens of times, I think I would be having an extremely difficult time visualizing what Joe and Simon were climbing. I guess I'm not enough of an alpinist...though I never feel this confused with Krakauer's writing. I know...maybe an unfair comparison."
08/31/2011 page 140
81.0% "Tip: get past the first 70 pages, when nothing has gone wrong. It's a struggle bc Simpson does a poor job of helping the reader visualize the climbing. But after page 70, when the climbers are struggling, the going gets much easier for the reader." 1 comment
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Brian woah, i had thought/assumed you had read this!

Kyusik Chung Nope. Just watched the documentary about 83 times. :] Finally got my hands on the book.

Suzanne I read this book on my first trip down the Franklin River with my husband! Amazing story, very staccato writing (as I found out when my fellow rafters had me read out parts of it to them!).

Kyusik Chung I'm having a hard time plowing through it. His descriptions of the terrain are a little hard to parse. The way he talks about it in the documentary felt a lot more natural.

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