Thursday, March 3, 2016

Into Thin Air!

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest DisasterInto Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An adrenaline pumping book. Though the end is revelaed in the beginning, the interest is carried right through till the end. An excellent book that will give you an insight into the character of mountaineers. It is all about the drive to conquer the heights - physical, mental and attitudinal.
The condescending remark of by Jon Krakauer towards the end when he puts the blame on the 'byzantine third world bureaucracies..... of China and Nepal' for the disasters on Mount Everest was reprehensible as after a few paragraphs he goes on to say 'on Everest it is the nature of systems to break down with a vengeance'!
The best review of the book in its final analysis would be by Lisa Fischer-Luckenbach, in the Epilogue. I will not reproduce it here lest it colour your judgement before giveing the book a read.
It is a must read, though obviously subjective, as Jon Krakauer was one of the willing participants of the attempt to scale Mount Everest on behalf of a magazine he worked for.

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  1. Good writing.

  2. Definitely sounds like an intriguing book!