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The Turquoise Mountain by Brian Blessed
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Oct 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: winter, travel, non-fiction, celebrity, exploration, memoir

Brian Blessed is well-known to U.K. denizens, perhaps not so much in the States. He is an actor who also happens to be a delighful storyteller. For him, life seems to be an adventure, and he makes the most of it. There are many books written about Mount Everest, but this one is unique, because the reader keeps pulling for Brian to make it to the top. His travails in trying to set up the documentary about his expedition is well-chronicled here, so but so is his actual climbing.

His writing is refreshing, a kind of 'just follow me on our little adventure' composition that feels intimate to the reader. The cloud cover, the danger, the bone-chilling cold of Everest comes across with clear communications.

I just wish he had reprised his Octavius Augustus role and shouted, "Quintilius Varus, where are my eagles!", at some point along the climb.

Book Season = Winter (snow and more snow)
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