The book has no structure, just a bunch of essays about far off places, and interesting people. These essays could be read out of order, there is not timeline
This is not the standard book about Mt. Everest. The story starts when the English Empire was at its height, and ends before the famous 1953 summit expedition.
Not a traditional travel guide. This book allows the reader to skip in sections, and choose whatever trip or adventure they’d like to experience.
This not just an adventure story but one of resilience and courage Having the advantage of having a keen eye, and a degree in geology gives a unique perspective
Ms. Boskoff’s life was fascinating, full of taking chances in both personal and professional areas, as well as living a good, ethical life educating people.
The strength of the book is in the way Mr. Krakauer tells the story, combining an adventure with social commentary without resorting to dry timeline lists. Some environmental issues, government bureaucracy (mostly Nepalese) and significant historical accounts are also weaved into the book, however they do not take away from the main storyline, but only add context.
An easy to read narrative of two doctors from two completely separate lives who work together by performing cataract surgery in the Himalayas.
Article first published as Book Review: Above All Things by Tanis Rideout on Blogcritics. About: Above All Things by Tanis Rideout is a historical fiction account of George Mallory’s 1924 attempt to climb Mt. Everest. It is still not known if Mallory’s attempt was successful or not. 400 pages Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam Language: English ISBN-10: 0399160582 My rating for Above All Things– 4 Buy this book in paper or in electronic format* Thoughts: Above All Things by Tanis Rideout (website | Facebook | @tanisrideout) is an excellent novel which moves at two speeds, slow (Ruth Mallory) and fast (George Mallory). Ms. Rideout succeeded in creating an engaging book filled with excellent descriptions and believable characters. The parts which I found the most fascinating were the climb on Mt. Everest. The author does not romanticized the climb, I could feel the chills, the heaviness and other ailments which come at being at such a high altitude. Ms. Rideout brilliantly juxtaposes between Mr. Mallory’s celebrated climb and only a day in the life of Mrs. Mallory. You could not help but feel the helplessness of the couple as they missed, craved and thought about each other but were still supportive from afar. To…
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