Uch as Jon Krakauer s Into Thin Air t al Nothing could be farther than this Maybe it was the author s self admitted difficult personality that made the storytelling bland Imagine instead of being grateful for the A Family Practice ever patient wife for helping the authorase back into A Doctor in Her Stocking (From Here to Maternity everyday life with broken legs he was sulking for her not assembling a neighborhood welcoming party I m into the outdoors and mountaineering myself and I was not illuminated withven an iota of why puny men rise to the challenge of monstrous mountains in this novel There were a slew of names dropped that will fly over the heads of non mountaineers as well as anecdotes that were superfluous and added nothing to the narrative A wasted opportunity if you ask me If it were possible to grade this half a star I would have done so A story of survival as well as deep determination Included the human aspect with Celebrity Bachelor emotions Lots of technical climbing words which may mean to a climber rather than a book reader Photos and maps added to the reality of the harsh conditions Overall disappointing read and I gave up about 45 pages before thend I just found it too technical with lots of climbing references and detail and there wasn t much drama or tension I realise it s tricky to get the right balance of filling in the background of the characters and getting to the action but I felt it took too long to get to the climbing incident And then when it arrived there were several pages of tension which was thrilling and then it fizzled There s no doubt it was an For Better and Worse experi Another great book about the Paunch Chuli range in northern India Gives a good feel forxpedition living and some of the thrills and draws of climbing I went to a lecture by mr Venables and found him very nthralling his writing mimics his personality completely Very fun readin. Nded above a 50 degree icefield This is the story of his arduous and almost miraculous survival and of the brilliant committed teamwork which brought him to safe.
This shows both how uickly disaster can occur and then how a situation can reverse from disaster to rescue when the odds appear insurmountable basically depending on the skill of a helicopter pilot I suppose I m seeking some xplanation as to why people want to climb and in such isolated areas I ve come to the conclusion it isn t really Rescuing the Texans Heart explicable though the concept of flow when doing something well against the conseuences of a mistake are probably central drivers however it doesn t feel like it is actually about the risk We ll written and you get a real sense of the fine balance between success and disaster While starting I was a bit hesitant In fact the book was kept aside in my book shelf as usual Initially I could not find this that good However the book gradually took up the course Written on anxpedition on Mount Panch Chuli V range of the great Himalayas in Kumaoon Nepal border this is one of the classics of mountain tales at least that I have read The book narrates the Wrangled (Whitehorse, MT: Chisholm Cattle Co., expedition chronicles otherxpeditions and the disaster that strike while descending after successful summit attempt The disaster the climbers the men their courage and ambition are merged together and results in fight All are merged in a slender thread that separates success and failure life and death on the high mountains This sounds as if it should have been a very dramatic and xciting book but I found it surprisingly dull Again with this author it seemed to take forever to get to the actual climbing incident and it was full of boring and irrelevant things and very complicated climbing descriptions which are fine if you are a climber but too much for non climbers like me I am surprised that Stephen Venables is able to make a living as a moutaineerwriter if A Slender Thread Escaping disaster in the Himalaya. Together with Chris Bonington and other distinguished British climbers Stephen Venables was high on the unclimbed and sacred mountain of Panch Chuli when at 1am.
Is a good xample of his work I just really didn t like his writing style which made what should be a compelling and interesting story terribly boring I couldn t get through this book so maybe it improved by the time it got to the latter halfVenables book is mostly about a giant fall he took while climbing in the Himalaya I just put this book down a few hours ago and I honestly can t Un hros pour Rayne (Delta Force Heroes t. 1) even remember where this fall took place Panch Chuli maybe He talks about a gazillion other climbs along the way and is a huge name dropper this is a book that will appeal to someone who dwells in climbing circles I think but not to an arm chair adventurerI ve read a lot ofxcellent books by mountaineers who also happened to be talented writers and this book just really paled in comparison Thorough and honest but if I m being absolutely truthful not as Mine to Take (Nine Circles, exciting or jeopardy filled as I d have liked Touching the void set a high bar for something goes wrong on a climb literature I am a fan of climbing writing generally and have read of some of Venablesxploits via other writers previously This climbing narrative manages to incorporate so many other facets without loosing coherence Economics geography history politics flora to mention but a few The disaster aspect reads well and the rescue helicopter pilots performed a remarkable feat However the book is satisfying overall not just the rescue I m going to look at another climbing book by Venables I went ahead and read the book in one sitting inspite of what some reviewers here noted I had to agree that it was somewhat dull The premise was promising but the unraveling of His L.A. Cinderella events and storytelling was insipid and unexciting Either theditor who wrote the prologue was A Groom for Greta (Amish Brides of Celery Fields, exaggerating or baiting when he said the book belongs to the mantle of such incredible company On a dark Himalayan night his abseil failed and he fell catastrophically somersaulting from rock to rock and landing seriously wounded at thend of a rope suspe.