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By Charles Lind

ISBN-10: 1940777496

ISBN-13: 9781940777498


This paintings provides the climbing literature. The perennial secret of Mallory and Irvine on Everest gets an exciting twist in a reconstruction in their fateful climb written nearly in Mallory's personal phrases. Drawn from the climber's letters, writing and Mallory's historical past as a classicist, this can be a close to forensic exam of the facts and issues to 1 enterprise end. The ebook is a prose poem jam-packed with parody and allusion yet relaxing at any point, within which the writer bargains his case for Mallory & Irvine having acquired to the pinnacle. there's a moment part to the publication, nearly as attention-grabbing and of an identical size because the first, during which the proof for the 1st ascent is gifted informatively and extremely persuasively. The e-book is certain to create a stir - its prose poem structure, the powerful parody point and the enterprise end approximately Mallory & Irvine's good fortune will all be arguable. the main precise and convincingly offered account up to now, of what occurred on Mallory's final climb on Everest. it really is really not like the other paintings of literature. And certain, it does have a shock finishing. it really is shortlisted for the 2006 Boardman Tasker Award for climbing literature.

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