Nepal with Into Thin Air

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“At long last, it seemed as though I was really nearing the roof of the world.”–Jon Krakauer, Into Thin Air

  • Here’s what happens:
    • This is Jon Krakauer’s personal account of the 1996 Everest disaster. Most of us are fairly familiar with Mt. Everest, the dangers involved in climbing a mountain that high, and its grisly history, and while some details and portrayals of Krakauer’s book have been disputed, the story is pretty straightforward, offering both a history of climbing expeditions and the details of what exactly happened in this particular event.
  • It’s good because:
    • Krakauer is one of those rare nonfiction writers that makes a true account  read like a spell-binding novel–even if you already know what happens. He is great at imparting tons of history, facts, and information, while also throwing in a few cliffhangers (pun-intended).
  • Read if:
    • You enjoy adventure stories, and seek to know more about the adventurers behind those stories. Also, read if you have a high tolerance for the use of the word “gregarious” because, for an unknown reason, he utilizes this adjective at least six times in the 280-page book (He manages to do it twice within two pages at one point).

Up next: England with Robert Galbraith’s (or J.K. Rowling) The Cuckoo’s Calling.

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