Jenna Side asked:
I am 40 pages from the end, but can't wait to ask.... What is with all the Mallory hate by Simmons?? He paints him as such an unpleasant, potentially unethical person, but I have found no evidence of this as being truthful. I realise that this is fiction, but Mallory is not a fictional character, and painting him in such a negative way did not seem necessary to the story.
Rich Parker Like a painting, each viewer will interpret (even a historical) novel differently, that's part of the beauty. I do not disagree with your interpretation, I can only tell you that I read "The Abominable" a few months ago and I so it has time to "simmer" and perhaps I missed something but I don't recall Mallory as being portrayed in a horrible light. Flawed, yes... especially in the sense that many upper class Brits in those times were very class conscious and/or arrogant to some degree. His bravery, concern for fellow climbers, and skill in mountain climbing are in no way questioned in this book, that I can recall. If you read "Drood" and "The Terror" you will see that Dan Simmons has done an immense amount of research on the ways of British nobility during the days when the sun never set on their Empire and I think it is historically accurate to portray some aristocratic snobbery in even the best of them. My opinion only, and I admit to being a big fan of his books.
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)[Mallory? I'm currently reading the abominable by Simmons and I'm on chapter 19 in third part I only have about ten chapters left to go and so far I have no idea what your speaking of. Mallory is already long dead in fact they discover his body on the mountain. The only character I can think you are talking about would be the head climber Richard Deacon. I for one didn't have a huge problem with him, yes he is a bit uppity but I'm my opinion most Brits are, no offense it's just how they come off. One thing I do have a problem with so far is his revelation about hitler. And first just let me say that I absolutely am Not a nazi sympathizer at all, yes I am German /Irish decent but what Hitler dis during and before wwII is absolutely disgusting and wrong on all accounts period. However the fact that people are looking at this as historical fiction keyword fiction but just as proven above with other comments simply about ones attitude I find it absolutely disgusting ,the allegations about hitler and him having sex with small boys being a pedofile . Yes hitler was borderline satan himself and did horrendous things to millions of inocent people that being said I have never heard of these specific allegations and after reading it I even tried to google it to find out if it was true. And found absolutely nothing. I just think something that terrible of accusation, fiction or not, when you are using the name of an actual person even if it is satan himself is just wrong in my opinion.others found it disturbing when they thought Simmons had simply made mallorys attitude to harsh. Hitler did plenty of more than horrendous things to hurt people during and before the war why not just use those events in the story. Like I said I am in no way in favor of hitler what he did was unforgivable but to claim someone , anyone who is a real person is what they say in the story is just wrong. Again maybe he did but I couldn't find anything online showing that he did only some accusations that he had affairs with grown men but that is not the same as saying someone rapes little boys. Which I in general didn't think it brought anything to what was already a great story to the story line I was expecting a much different story when I bought this book and am now just a bit disappointed not because of the hitler accusations but because I was expecting Simmons to go in a much different direction with this story. After reading summer of nights which is what drew me to Simmons I was just expecting something different. (hide spoiler)]
Martin I didn't read it that way at all. The conflict with Mallory was with a fictional character and one of several reasons meant to explain a "secret" expedition.
Mark This book is criminal in its reference to that great legend George Leigh Mallory. Don't take it seriously.
Margaret1358 Joyce We tend to want to idealize our heroes-- Mallory, being one. But by doing so, I think we do them disservice.They were and are real human beings, and it is the reality of their humanity--their flaws, weaknesses, and so on,--which makes their courageous and astounding feats so very remarkable. So, I say, why not throw in a few flaws for Mallory, real or imagined.