ConKat21, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by ConKat21)
One of my favorite nonfiction books. Krakauer recounts the deadly events on Everest with lovely prose and at a cracking pace. A true page-turner!
momo23, February 18, 2012 (view all comments by momo23)
I had to read this for my English assignment. I enjoyed most of the book. The story was interesting, and the author wrote the book in a way that had a lot of details. At some points it might be kind of boring, but for the most part, the story was fun and may be a bit depressing. I think the book clearly made me not want to climb Mt. Everest at all. For those who like mountain climbing and adventure, I would highly recommend this book.
My to-read list is long as it is, so I usually put off reading bestsellers until (a) the hype dies down and used copies start to become available or (b) someone chastises me for not having read something that came out forever ago. And so it was that 10 years after its release, I finally got around to reading Into Thin Air. Turns out the hype was justified. Krakauer's personal account of the deadliest season in Everest's climbing history is, hands down, one of the most riveting, harrowing, and thoughtfully written books I have read. I cannot recommend it enough.
by Michal D.,
A deadly storm striking tragedy on unsuspecting climbers isn't subject matter I would typically expect to inspire adventure. Yet Jon Krakauer's riveting account of a disastrous 1999 ascent of Mt. Everest did just that. At its heart, this outstanding book thrillingly recounts an ill-fated and deadly climb. But the remarkable reportage also captures the striking landscape of the Himalayas, and the excitement of the sport of climbing — two compelling seeds for adventure. While I didn't attempt to bag any mountain peaks, Krakauer's tale led me to trek the Annapurnas to personally experience the adventure and beauty of the region.
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