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Eiger Dreams by Jon Krakauer
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"Eiger Dreams" is a collection of magazine articles about mountaineering written by Krakauer during the 1980s. The last chapter, about his solo climb of the Devil's Thumb in Alaska, was written specifically for the book.

I'll start with the bad.

Most chapters highlight the incredible risks inherent in mountaineering. When describing his solo adventures, Krakauer reminded me of the protagonist of his book "Into the Wild"; he comes off as a brash, reckless, and somewhat selfish individual. It doesn't do much to make Krakauer a likable narrator.

In addition, while I'm somewhat of an armchair adventurer, I found some chapters downright boring. I didn't really care for his descriptions of Chamonix or the minutiae of climbing gear.

That being said, this is an enjoyable and quick read, although it's not Krakauer's strongest work.
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