Friday, July 3, 2020

Review: Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest DisasterInto Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Much like Into the Wild, this book has convinced me that the world takes all kinds, and some do things that seem insane to many of the rest of us.

However, while there was a certain air of romanticism to the idea of just walking off into the wilderness to live for awhile, there's little romanticism in this book. It's interesting that the two books were written only a few years apart, yet the tone in this one is much grimmer. Krakauer had recounted another climbing adventure in 'Into The Wild', but the feeling I got from that one was much lighter than this book. It speaks to just how shaken Krakauer was by what took place on Everest, I think.

This book is not here to wrap things up in a tidy bow - 24 years later, there are still many unanswered questions about this expedition. This is just Krakauer's story of his experience and the role he may or may not have played in what transpired.

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