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Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
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Jun 19, 11

really liked it

Once I saw the film version was coming out, it reminded me that I owned this book. The chapters alternated between the present tense (pinned by the boulder) and past adventures. The latter serve to emphasize that Ralston has put himself in treacherous situations frequently and it wasn’t all that surprising something like this happened (despite the horrible luck that resulted in him being trapped). I didn’t find it to be all that gruesome. I thought it was inspirational (this guy was given a second chance at life) and also spoke to the human will to survive. I did question Ralston’s doubt that he’d last more than a few days (he was freed after five) given his food/water supply, and upon looking it up it seems I was right. Of course there is no way to account for the particular situation he was in. It was undoubtedly incredible he survived.

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