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127 Hours by Aron Ralston
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Jul 12, 2011

liked it
bookshelves: biography-memoir, nonfiction
Read from July 13 to 15, 2011

Enjoyed the movie, and now I want to read the real story.

Liked, but didn't love it. Ralston was/is a real daredevil, and lives a life that I find hard to imagine - he took what I believe are foolhardy risks over and over again before the incident that is the main subject of this book. I'm surprised he didn't die long before he was trapped in Utah. Also, if you have no climbing knowledge (like me) a lot of his adventures (maybe 40% of the book describes other near-death experiences while climbing, hiking, swimming) don't make a lot of sense, in that I often couldn't understand what he was describing, because I don't know what a cornice is/telemarking is/etc.

Anyway, someone who is more of an outdoors person might have enjoyed it more. It wasn't a BAD book, by any means, but I don't know that I was its target audience.

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