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The House says:
Krakauer comes under a lot of fire for his books but they’re a damn fine read. If you read one book about climbing this should be it. Even for the non-mountaineers amongst us it is a superb blend of adventure and insanity in the Himalayas as a diverse group of amateurs attempt Everest.
What follows is a cavalcade of increasingly poor, and ultimately tragic, decisions. Into Thin Air and Into the Wild are two of his finest works and both books are stunningly compelling and definitely belong on every adventurers bookshelf.
One of the inspirations for the major motion picture Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley. Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended in the worst single-season death toll in the peak’s history. In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall.
Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day, eight people were dead. Krakauer’s book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape.
As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author’s own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to ponder timeless questions.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- ISBN: 9781447200185
- Published: 1 Jul 2011