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Click Here to Download the Book When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10,1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin the perilous descent from 29,028 feet (roughly the cruising altitude of an Airbus jetliner), twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds... Into Thin Air is the definitive account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed Outside journalist and author of the bestselling Into the Wild. Taking the reader step by step from Katmandu to the mountain's deadly pinnacle, Krakauer has his readers shaking on the edge of their seat. Beyond the terrors of this account, however, he also peers deeply into the myth of the world's tallest mountain. What is is about Everest that has compelled so many poeple--including himself--to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense? Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.
Reviews I have long mulled about my review for Into Thin Air. I had no doubt that I would give it a five-star rating but the story left me with a very big why. I am not a professional mountaineer. I am only a has-been, second-rate enthusiast who went up mole hills compared to the real mountaineers' mountains. But the questionable decisions of the guides on that fateful day, even days before, are blatantly glaring. I think Krakauer wrote this book as a quest to make peace with his own questions and the accompanying guilt but he himself was not satisfied with the answers he got. Let not the dead bodies lying on the trail to Everest's summit deter you from reading this story. It gives us a nice insight on why there are those who want to climb mountains and what it takes to have them achieve it. What it doesn't give us are instructions on how to discourage the same people from climbing again. They don't need it. They won't be.
There has been many debate over Krakauer's version of events during the ill-fated 1996 Everest climb. It is true that Krakauer has earned a reputation for giving slanted versions of events in other books, so it does make you question his objectivity. However, since he was actually a participant in this trek and witnessed these events first-hand, I'm willing to give him a pass in regards to this particular work. Whatever his faults, Krakauer is a master storyteller and an excellent wordsmith. I was engrossed from the very beginning of this book all the way to the end. I found myself immersed in Everest lore and history for quite some time after reading this. This book left and indelible mark on me that I still feel to this day.
The book "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer is about Jon Krakauer's Everest journey and the 1996 Everest disaster he experienced. Krakauer recalls each step of climbing the mountain, and the people that adventured with him. As he climbed up Everest, he saw people getting ill. In the book, he explains the geography of Everest in great detail. The main theme of the book, however, is the story of the events surrounding the Everest disaster. (view spoiler) As the book progresses, Krakauer incorporates the history of Everest and interviews other people that were on the mountain at the time of the Everest disaster. His story telling makes for an interesting memoir and, at the same time, a well-researched book. Jon Krakauer would agree with Alfred Lansing, the author of "Endurance", on the idea of educating people about
the sheer force of nature and the history surrounding those who choose adventurous journeys to experience it. Jon Krakauer used his story to convey a message about Mt. Everest and the fascinating story of the Everest disaster that he experienced. Sometimes, Krakauer devotes whole chapters of the book to the history of the world's tallest mountain. In "Endurance", Lansing discusses Ernest Shackleton's journey to the South Pole. Both of them describe the amazing forces of nature that are Mt. Everest and the South Pole. They use events that people would be interested in, and include historical information to make history intriguing. Krakauer and Lansing enjoy writing to share their love of nature with others.
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