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doc Ú Into the Silence and the Conquest of Everest Read Ù Join or create book clubs Ý [Reading] ➾ Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest By Join or create book clubs – WINNER OF THE 2012 SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZEA monumeWINNER OF THE 2012 SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZEA monumental work of history biography and adventure the First World War Mallory and Mount EverestThe price of life is death For Mallory as for all of his generation death was but a frail barrier that men crossed sm As an historian an avid reader and a novice armchair mountaineer this is far an away one of the finest books I've ever readDavis's sourcing is meticulous and flawless His insights are well founded and as unbiased as it gets in this kind of workHe gives us a genuine and unvarnished account of the three British expeditions to Mt Everest beginning in 1921 and up through the tragic finale in 1924 and an eually honest understanding of and appreciation for the men on those expeditions not the least of them George Leigh MalloryHis descriptions of WWI and the Battle of the Somme in particular are harrowing and provide as complete and traumatizing an understanding as anyone can get without having lived through those horrors He then paints a vivid picture of the men's uest to seek — sadly in vain — some relief and catharsis for themselves and their country by taking on the king of mountainsI read it on my Kindle but I will have a copy of this on my bookshelf and I know this is undoubtedly only the first of many readings I'll give itFor those who love to read about these adventures his bibliography is in and of itself a gift to us allWade Davis wrote a masterpiece with Into the Silence

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A mission of revival for a country and a lost generation bled white by war In a monumental work of history and adventure Davis asks not whether George Mallory was the first to reach the summit of Everest but rather why he kept climbing on that fateful da I found this book in the bookcase of a gite in Bonnieux that my family rented in the summer of 2017 I was hooked from the first page having always had a very superficial knowledge of George Mallory and his disappearance on Everest Sadly a week wasn’t long enough to finish it despite my best efforts and occasional anti social disappearances from a family holiday to try and get another 50 pages in Since then I have completed it and found it utterly rivetingI appreciate that a criticism of the book is the huge amount of scene setting and background information but I think it’s essential to understand what all these men had been through and what drove them to attempt what was basically impossible It’s an incredibly complex web of ambition the need to escape and the desire to stare down death all interlaced with the curiously British conflicts of class prejudice and a superiority complex along with the juxtaposition of both appreciation and disregard for ‘foreign cultures’This is no thrill a minute ride nor does it ever set out to be The sheer amount of research that the author has done in order to knit the individual stories together is praiseworthy in its own right but to actually turn that into a readable book is an outstanding piece of work Yes you will be constantly looking back to remind yourself about all the characters involved but you need to accept that as a necessary evil to really appreciate the narrativeAs a final word let’s not forget that these men sought to get to the summit of Everest in Arron sweaters tweed trousers and hobnail boots and they bloody nearly made it It is my hope that the body of Sandy Irvine will be found in my lifetime and that his camera will be there with a recoverable film in it in order to lay any speculation to rest Whether they made it or not is now a moot point it’s what drove them to try that truly beggars the mind and this book lays it bare This isn’t a book in the Into Thin Air or Touching The Void mould and I can recommend both of those too it’s far of a social history slant that happens to encompass one of the greatest challenges on EarthI cannot recommend highly enough

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Into the Silence The Great War Mallory and the Conquest of EverestIling and gallant every day As climbers they accepted a degree of risk unimaginable before the war What mattered now was how one lived and the moments of being alive While the uest for Mount Everest may have begun as a grand imperial gesture it ended as First the goodThe book is really several books in one1 A remarkable account of WWl Some of the most heart wrenching and graphic descriptions of the carnage I have ever read It was shocking and hard to read at times and I have read a lot of books about WWl and WWll2 A lucid account of The Great Game It covered the high points and characters without going into obsessive detail3 A history of the major climbers and climbs of the early 20th C and how this tied in with WWl The author pays particular attention to how the War affected the psyche of the nation and the climbersInto this mix he has astonishing and beautiful descriptions of the search for Everest the people and their customs and how surprising to me difficult it was to find a way to itNow for the slightly problematic elements;As other reviewers have said the author does go into astonishing details throughout and especially so in the search for the mountain itself Depending upon how much you are interested in this it is either a strength or a weakness Also no matter how interested you are it is difficult to follow the TibetNepal section without a decent map The two maps at the back of the book are utterly useless And that is a damn shameThis is really the only fault for me I liked the detail but decent maps would have taken the story to another level That is an unfortunate feature of just about all Kindle books though and not specific to this one tried to remedy this with the magnifying feature but it isn't adeuately implemented in this or many books to really matter much