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Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed.  People like Christopher Columbus, Isaac Newton, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Edison, Nancy Astor, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hilary and Neil Armstrong—their unparalleled success has made their stories into legend.  But what if one man had such a dream, and once hed achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition?

Jeffrey Archers new novel, Paths of Glory, is the story of such a man—George Mallory. Born in 1886, he was a brilliant student who became part of the Bloomsbury Group at Cambridge in the early twentieth century and served in the Royal Garrison Artillery during World War I. After the war, he married, had three children, and would have spent the rest of his life as a schoolteacher, but for his love of mountain climbing.

Mallory once told a reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, “because it is there.” On his third try in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was last seen four hundred feet from the top. His body was found in 1999, and it remains a mystery whether he and his climbing partner, Andrew Irvine, ever reached the summit.

In fact, not until youve turned the last page of Archers extraordinary novel will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to that list of legends, while another name would have to be removed.  Paths of Glory is truly a triumph.

Review:

"A real-life mountaineering mystery serves as the springboard for bestseller Archer's abysmal latest. The plot begins promisingly with the body of mountaineer George Mallory discovered on the slopes of Mt. Everest in 1999, possibly having been the first man to have reached the summit. But hopes of an adventurous yarn are soon dashed as the novel becomes a long flashback, offering stock vignettes of Mallory's childhood, Cambridge days and mountaineering adventures. These passages are hampered by phoned-in writing, clumsy attempts at verisimilitude and a notable lack of psychological depth. Along the way, Mallory marries, becomes a father, serves in WWI and finds himself pitted against Australian mountaineer George Finch as a potential leader of Britain's push to conquer Everest. Archer does eventually offer his opinion as to whether Mallory summited Everest, but by that point all but his most devoted fans will have fled the icy crags of this lifeless novel." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Following up his most successful novel in ten years, international bestselling author Jeffrey Archer delivers the sweeping story of a legendary man.

Synopsis:

A novel about one mans extraordinary quest to climb Mt. Everest from the one writer who could bring such a towering, epic tale vividly to life

#1 New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Archer

Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. But what if one man had such a dream…and once hed fulfilled it, there was no proof that he had achieved his ambition?

PATHS OF GLORY

This is the story of such a man: George Mallory. He once told an American reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest “because its there.” On his third attempt in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was last seen six hundred feet from the top. His body was found in 1999. And it still remains a mystery whether he ever reached the summit…

“There isnt a better storyteller alive.”—Larry King

“A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas.”—Washington Post

“Archer is a master entertainer.”—Time

Synopsis:

Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hilary, Neil Armstrong, and Lewis and Clark are among such individuals.

But what if one man had such a dream, and once hed fulfilled it, there was no proof that he had achieved his ambition?

Jeffrey Archers latest book, Paths of Glory, is the story of such a man---George Mallory. Mallory once told an American reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, “because its there.” On his third attempt in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was last seen six hundred feet from the top. His body was found in 1999, and it still remains a mystery whether he ever reached the summit.

But only after youve turned the last page of this extraordinary novel, inspired by a true story, will you be able to decide if George Mallorys name should be added to the list of legends, in which case another name would have to be removed. Paths of Glory is truly a triumph.

About the Author

Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britains House of Commons and fourteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections--including And Thereby Hangs a Tale, Kane and Abel, and False Impression--have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312539511
Author:
Archer, Jeffrey
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Author:
Allam, Roger
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Mallory, George
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biographical fiction
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20090303
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 CDs; 6 hours
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
5.8 x 5.28 x 0.77 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A real-life mountaineering mystery serves as the springboard for bestseller Archer's abysmal latest. The plot begins promisingly with the body of mountaineer George Mallory discovered on the slopes of Mt. Everest in 1999, possibly having been the first man to have reached the summit. But hopes of an adventurous yarn are soon dashed as the novel becomes a long flashback, offering stock vignettes of Mallory's childhood, Cambridge days and mountaineering adventures. These passages are hampered by phoned-in writing, clumsy attempts at verisimilitude and a notable lack of psychological depth. Along the way, Mallory marries, becomes a father, serves in WWI and finds himself pitted against Australian mountaineer George Finch as a potential leader of Britain's push to conquer Everest. Archer does eventually offer his opinion as to whether Mallory summited Everest, but by that point all but his most devoted fans will have fled the icy crags of this lifeless novel." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,

Following up his most successful novel in ten years, international bestselling author Jeffrey Archer delivers the sweeping story of a legendary man.

"Synopsis" by ,

A novel about one mans extraordinary quest to climb Mt. Everest from the one writer who could bring such a towering, epic tale vividly to life

#1 New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Archer

Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. But what if one man had such a dream…and once hed fulfilled it, there was no proof that he had achieved his ambition?

PATHS OF GLORY

This is the story of such a man: George Mallory. He once told an American reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest “because its there.” On his third attempt in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was last seen six hundred feet from the top. His body was found in 1999. And it still remains a mystery whether he ever reached the summit…

“There isnt a better storyteller alive.”&#8212;Larry King

“A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas.”&#8212;Washington Post

“Archer is a master entertainer.”&#8212;Time

"Synopsis" by ,

Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. Francis Drake, Robert Scott, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hilary, Neil Armstrong, and Lewis and Clark are among such individuals.

But what if one man had such a dream, and once hed fulfilled it, there was no proof that he had achieved his ambition?

Jeffrey Archers latest book, Paths of Glory, is the story of such a man---George Mallory. Mallory once told an American reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, “because its there.” On his third attempt in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was last seen six hundred feet from the top. His body was found in 1999, and it still remains a mystery whether he ever reached the summit.

But only after youve turned the last page of this extraordinary novel, inspired by a true story, will you be able to decide if George Mallorys name should be added to the list of legends, in which case another name would have to be removed. Paths of Glory is truly a triumph.

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