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Where the Mountain Casts Its Shadow by Maria Coffey
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Sep 28, 2011

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bookshelves: mountain-woe, ladies-writin
Read in September, 2011

I like reading mountain woe books pretty much because I don't know anyone who actually participates in this madness. This book is an interesting look at the people who have no choice in the matter, who are forced to participate because they have a son or daughter or husband or father who climbs. While I appreciate this perspective I hope I never need it. However, here's a line that made my blood run cold: "'He was always going upwards, from the time he was eighteen months old,' said the mother of (some mountaineering guy who probably died falling off the edge of a mountain and broke his poor mother's heart)." That is my son, except try eight months. Now I'm afriad I'll have to keep the pursuit of mountain climbing out of his common knowledge until he's safely too old to take it up.
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