Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster is a bestselling non-fiction book written by Jon Krakauer. It details the author's experience at. Into Thin Air book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, bu. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster [Jon Krakauer, Randy Rackliff, "Into Thin Air ranks among the great adventure books of all time .

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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. 'Total bull': Into Thin Air author's opinion of Everest movie multiple fatalities, and whose subsequent book Into Thin Air became a bestselling. While the movie was based around several books written by survivors, it's journalist Jon Krakauer's book, Into Thin Air, which seems to be the.

Everest in general. I could relate to the feelings one goes through at altitude. The real story though is what happened on one fateful day when several expeditions went to summit the tallest mountain in the world, and only a few returned. There has been much speculation about the event and how it unfolded.

Most of the book revolves around one company, Adventure Consultants, who became famous for getting mediocre mountain climbers to the top of the world. They paved the way for guided expeditions up Everest, and in turn received a lot of criticism. Another guided expedition team, Mountain Madness, began to compete with Adventure Consultants creating a rivalry.

Both teams set out for the summit on the same day, and both found it imperative to get their clients to the top. Thus the slopes of Everest are littered with corpses. Amidst some poor decision making and a brutal storm, not everyone made it back down alive.

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Those who did survive were scarred mentally and physically, having had to make tough decisions on who was worth saving and who would be left behind to die. Jon Krakauer, a skilled mountain climber, made it back to camp in time.

He fell asleep due to extreme exhaustion and believed his team was behind him, while m away several people were freezing to death, unable to locate camp. My only complaint about this book is that it seems Jon Krakauer had received much criticism after his article was published, so he felt he had to defend his actions on the mountain that day.

'Total bull': Into Thin Air author's opinion of Everest movie

As an aspiring writer, it was upsetting to read through the lines and hear his struggle. A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air , Krakauer's epic account of the May disaster.

By writing Into Thin Air , Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas.

He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer's highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong.

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But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber's death. Clearly, Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster, and although he relates a number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically, he seems unable to view those instances objectively.

In the end, despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others' actions, he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself. This updated trade paperback edition of Into Thin Air includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy. Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn't the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients.

But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since Into Thin Air 's denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer's tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. And in a touching conclusion, Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev, in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points.

Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev, but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak, Annapurna I. In , Krakauer received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters--a prestigious prize intended "to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment.

His account of an ascent of Mount Everest has led to a general reevaluation of climbing and of the commercialization of what was once a romantic, solitary sport; while his account of the life and death of Christopher McCandless, who died of starvation after challenging the Alaskan wilderness, delves even more deeply and disturbingly into the fascination of nature and the devastating effects of its lure on a young and curious mind.

Unlike the expedition, his story rushes irresistibly forward.

But perhaps Mr. Krakauer's greatest achievement is his evocation of the deadly storm, his ability to re-create its effects with a lucid and terrifying intimacy.

Gracefully and efficiently written, carefully researched, and actually lived by its narrator, it shares a similar theme with another sort of book, a novel called " The Great Gatsby.

To call the book an adventure saga seems not to recognize that it is also a deeply thoughtful and finely wrought philosophical examination of the self.

Time collapses as, minute by minute, Krakauer rivetingly and movingly chronicles what ensued, much of which is near agony to read A brilliantly told story that won't go begging when the year's literary honors are doled out.

Book Review: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Krakauer is Ishmael, the narrator who lives to tell the story but is forever trapped within it Krakauer's reporting is steady but ferocious. The clink of ice in a glass, a poem of winter snow, will never sound the same.

And no book on the disaster is likely to consider so honestly the mistakes that killed his colleagues. In March , Outside Magazine sent me to Nepal to participate in, and write about, a guided ascent of Mount Everest.

I went as one of eight clients on an expedition led by a well-known guide from New Zealand named Rob Hall. On May 10 I arrived on top of the mountain, but the summit came at a terrible cost. Among my five teammates who reached the top, four, including Hall, perished in a rogue storm that blew in without warning while we were still high on the peak. By the time I'd descended to Base Camp nine climbers from four expeditions were dead, and three more lives would be lost before the month was out.

The expedition left me badly shaken, and the article was difficult to write.Get A Copy.

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A brilliantly told story that won't go begging when the year's literary honors are doled out. If Krakauer's intention was to kill all of our romantic ideas about mountain climbing with this book, he undoubtedly succeeded. It can become an obsession in the same way that sport or work or any other hobby can.

Into Thin Air: Transport is arranged, tents are set up, luggage is carried, there will be steaming hot tea awaiting the climbers on their return to their tents after an expedition, and if they really can't climb well, they can be short-roped and pulled up.

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