No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant victories and hardships brilliantly than Jon Krakauer In this collection of his finest essays and reporting, Krakauer writes of mountains from the memorable perspective of one who has himself struggled with solo madness to scale Alaska s notorious Devils Thumb In Pakistan, the fearsome K2 kills thirteen of the world s most experienced mountain climbers in one horrific summer In Valdez, Alaska, two men scale a frozen waterfall over a four hundred foot drop In France, a hip international crowd of rock climbers, bungee jumpers, and paragliders figure out new ways to risk their lives on the towering peaks of Mont Blanc Why do they do it How do they do it In this extraordinary book, Krakauer presents an unusual fraternity of daredevils, athletes, and misfits stretching the limits of the possible From the paranoid confines of a snowbound tent, to the thunderous, suffocating terror of a white out on Mount McKinley, Eiger Dreams spins tales of driven lives, sudden deaths, and incredible victories This is a stirring, vivid book about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursuits....
|Title||:||Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains|
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Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men and Mountains Reviews
I have read almost everything Krakauer has written and although mountaineering/ adventuring isn't something I plan on engaging in in real life, it is always fun to read about. This book is a series of short essays and most of them have been previously published in various outdoorsy magazines. I was expecting more about mountains and climbing (a la Into Thin Air) and was surprised that the articles in here run the gamut through various outdoor adventures. There are stories about boulder climbing, airplane flying, cities that make their living from adventurers, and of course a personal essay as well. Not what I was expecting, and not something I would find myself rereading ever, but certainly an interesting peak into this world that is so foreign to me. Overall most of the essays were not a subject that I would have thought to read about and I may not have bought if I had read the description more thoroughly. Probably not too interesting for people who live the life, but fun for non adventurers to dream.
I was enthralled by Into Thin Air and enjoy Jon Krakauer's writing style. The reviews on Eiger Dreams were very good and I love being an armchair mountain climber, so I thought I would give Eiger Dreams a try. Unfortunately I found this collection of stores just so-so. Many of the stories include name-dropping of various famous climbers, which meant nothing to me since I am not a member of the climbing community. Same with some of the famous climbs and routes-as an outsider I just couldn't appreciate them. This book would probably be much more enjoyable to a knowledgeable climbing enthusiast.
I liked Joh Krakauer's Into Thin Air ... 5 star so much I bought his Eiger Dreams. Joh Krakauer is a very good author.
This book is a collection of short articles in which Krakauer recounts his own climbing adventures and the adventures of other climbers. The subject is very exciting. In one story Krakauer tells the story of climbers marching head-on into delirium and exhaustion to reach the summit of K2. In another we learn of a legend who can scale vertical walls with handholds no larger than the heads of bolts. Additionally, Krakauer himself is an interesting character. I was both inspired with awe and impressed with his humility by his recollection of a solo climb he did on the Devil's Thumb. "On Being Tentbound" will resonate with anyone who has spent time on a mountain.
My first introduction to Krakauer's writing was with his books "Into the Wild" and "Into Thin Air." So, I haven't followed his journalism career closely. This book is a collection of several works he's written for magazines, except for the last story, "The Devil's Thumb," his account of the solo attempt on the Alaskan peak which Krakauer wrote specifically for this book.
This book is a collection of articles written and previously published by Jon Krakauer (with one chapter a joint written one) and it's worth noting that most of it isn't actually about the Eiger. Each chapter takes a different element of perspective of the different types of climbing or the personalities in climbing and each gives a superb taster, whetting the appetite for more climbing literature.