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The Second Death of George Mallory: The Enigma and Spirit of Mount Everest

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As a boy, climbing legend Reinhold Messner was inspired by another legend: George Mallory’s tragic final ascent of Mount Everest in 1924. To Messner, and to thousands of others, Mallory’s attempt—whether or not it succeeded—remains the greatest exploit in the annals of mountain climbing. Though Mallory’s body was finally found, we have lost, Messner believes, the spirit th ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 27th 2002 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2000)
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Sarah (Presto agitato)
Reinhold Messner may be a mountaineering legend, but his account of Mallory's Everest expeditions of the 1920s misses the mark. He interweaves Mallory's letters and writings with fictional narration from Mallory's . . . ghost (?) commenting on controversies in modern climbing in a literary device that is jarring and at times even confusing. The real Mallory was far more eloquent than his spirit apparently is (perhaps his knack for catchy turns of phrase faded in the afterlife). This book is shor ...more
Luca Cresta
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Appassionante come un romanzo.
Originale la cronaca di Messner dell'avventura mitica di Mallory, lo scalatore inglese entrato nella leggenda dopo la sua morte sull'Everst negli anni 20. Una lettura immancabile per gli appassionati.
Jan 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: everest-lit
These days, there is nothing like a quick 200-page adventure book to fill up a quiet weekend and motivate me to get outside more. This is my fourth Mt. Everest book, a subgenre that has captivated me in recent weeks. This is also my least favorite.

When reading about Mt Everest, you quickly notice that one ghost has risen to preeminence: George S. Mallory. He is to mountain climbing what Amelia Earhart is to aviation, an early pioneer who vanished in pursuit of a lofty goal, and whose fame only i
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who travels the paths less traveled
I've been intrigued by George Mallory's story since I was a kid. I liked the viewpoint of Messner, who is a world-class mountaineer himself, and I liked how Mallory's own letters & journal entries were infused into the story, but I found some of the style confusing and unnecessary. Mainly where Messner fabricates what Mallory should have or would have said. Another reviewer on here asked if these "quotes" came from Mallory's Ghost. Maybe these thoughts had been channeled to Messner...

At any
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: survival, non-fiction
A bit of a recap of Mallory’s attempts on Everest. I was attracted to Messner’s thesis- that it is misguided to focus on the question of did Mallory reach the summit. What Mallory gave the world was not the summit but the enthusiasm and idealism of the amateur adventurer. Messner says the “glorious solitude of Everest has been compromised by climbers catering to the immediate gratification…we may have found Mallory’s body…but we have killed off his spirit.” I agree totally with this premise. How ...more
Apr 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Sadly this book has been out dated since it was written before Malory's body was found.
Randy Smith
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
good book
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read to long ago to remember much.
Lynn Diane
Jun 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting factual account of finding George Mallory's body on Mount Everest some 70 years after he perished there.
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Reinhold Messner (born September 17, 1944) is an Italian mountaineer and explorer from South Tyrol, often cited as the greatest mountain climber of all time. He is renowned for making the first solo ascents of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen and for being the first climber to ascend all fourteen "eight-thousanders" (peaks over 8,000 metres above sea level). He is the author of at least 6 ...more
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