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The Beckoning Silence by Joe Simpson
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Jun 17, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in February, 2008

Joe Simpson can really write. His use of language as he explores his often conflicting thoughts about climbing is masterful. The decision to attempt the North face of the Eiger and the agonising shifts and changes in his feelings about it created a genuine suspense - would he or wouldn't he?

The stories of earlier climbers and so often their tragedies were beautifully crafted, but I found his foray into paragliding less interesting.

I saw Touching the Void when it was first released and was captivated by the story - the unbelievable fortitude of Simpson has stayed with me since. This is the first book of his I've read, but now look forward to reading TTV as his writing skills are up there with his climbing ones. Sickening!

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