Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster

Jon Krakauer (1997)

Very disappointing. I suggested it for book club in an effort to expand our non-fiction reading. It didn’t live up to all the hype. I thought it was poorly written.  Amazingly enough, I never really got a sense of the place from this book!

Some in my book club really enjoyed it; opinions were quite divided. An interesting discussion resulted, which included the topic of why you’d want to risk your life to climb a peak that you couldn’t really experience once you’d reached the top, because the elements and atmosphere demand that you begin the decent some minutes after reaching the top.

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