Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.)
Praise for Jeffrey Archer:
“A dynamite commercial novel … Archer brings it off with panache.”
---The Washington Post on A Prisoner of Birth
“Bestseller Archer pays homage to Dumass The Count of Monte Cristo in this delicious updating of the adventure classic.… The authors firsthand knowledge of prison life and legal maneuvers help make this a thoroughly enjoyable entertainment.”
---Publishers Weekly on A Prisoner of Birth
“Like other Archer thrillers, the book is compulsively readable.”
---Library Journal on A Prisoner of Birth
“A worthy successor to the still bestselling The Da Vinci Code.”
---Liz Smith, New York Post, on False Impression
“One of the top ten storytellers in the world.”
---Los Angeles Times
"Veteran actor Roger Allam brings an impressive range and energy to Archer's historical novel.... Allam's remarkable accents are the highlight of the audio book."--Publishers Weekly "Read by Olivier Award-winning actor Roger Allam, Paths of Glory penetrates the driven mind of this obsessed and extraordinary British gentleman who represented the spirit of a generation."--Kirkus Reviews "Listeners will savor the tonality of British stage actor Roger Allam's voice." --Library Journal "Roger Allam's rich, clear voice is an excellent vehicle for the delivery of Jeffrey Archer's novel based on the life and exploits of one of England's greatest adventurers, George Mallory...Allam's British accent and warm tones bring authenticity to the text...Text and presentation meld into a totally satisfying experience." --AudioFile
“One of the top ten storytellers in the world.” —Los Angeles Times
“There isnt a better story-teller alive.” —Larry King
“Archer plots with skill, and keeps you turning the pages.” —The Boston Globe
“Cunning plots, silken style…. Archer plays a cat-and-mouse game with the reader.” —The New York Times
“Archer is a master entertainer.” —Time
“A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas…unsurpassed skill.” —Washington Post
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.
Following up his most successful novel in ten years, international bestselling author Jeffrey Archer delivers the sweeping story of a legendary man.
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
About the Author
Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britains House of Commons, fourteen years in the House of Lords, and two in Her Majestys prisons. All of his novels and short story collections--including A Prisoner of Birth, False Impression, and Sons of Fortune--have been international bestsellers. Archer is married with two children and lives in London and Cambridge. Roger Allam is a British actor who has worked extensively for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre, and in the West End. He played Javert in the original London production of Les Misérables, and Falstaff in the Shakespeares Globe 2010 production of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. He has been nominated four times for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor, winning twice, and he has also won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor. His film work includes roles in The Queen, Speed Racer, V for Vendetta, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Tamara Drewe, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and the television series The Thick of It. Roger has narrated audiobooks for numerous bestselling authors, including Jeffrey Archer, Ian McEwan, Ian Rankin, and Joseph Conrad. In reviewing the audiobook version of Jeffrey Archers Paths of Glory, Publishers Weekly declared, “Veteran actor Roger Allam brings an impressive range and energy to Archer's historical novel…. Allam's remarkable accents are the highlight of the audio book.” Roger lives in south-west London with his actress wife, Rebecca Saire, and their two young sons.