This only appears to be a novel about mountain climbing. I think it's much more about human nature. Why people are motivated to do things. Krakauer's writing is so amazingly clear. He cares very much about getting the story right. He cares about personal responsibility and wrestles with thoughts of his culpability in the disaster.[return][return]One book that was even scarier to read the second time. Usually when you know what happens it softens the blow. Not this time.[return][return]Human frailty and robustness are tested in this unforgiving environment.