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am 27. Mai 1999
As part of the audience Krakauer presumably was trying to reach (non-climbers who are interested in Everest and the 1996 tragedy) I don't know all that much about climbing in general or Everest in particular. Given that, it would have been easy to applaud the book and say, great job, terrific account. Having read two (better) books on the 1996 tragedy after I read this book, I simply can't be enthusiastic about the story overall. Krakauer does a terrific job of making the experience of climbing something people who doesn't do it can relate to, but his account of the tragedy quite frankly comes across as a desperate attempt to place blame. And given his nonexistent high-altitude experience prior to this climb, Krakauer is the last person who should have been making judgments. Essentially, it's a story of "this decision was bad, that decision was bad, this person and that person were both wrong in doing this and that." Krakauer claims that everyone involved in the summit attempt, storm, and subsequent rescue attempts was operating under impaired judgment from lack of oxygen and exhaustion. One is led to wonder just exactly how he escaped these problems to pass judgment on the decisions of climbers and guides with far more Himalayan and high-altitude experience than he had. Lastly, it seems ludicrous that a man who makes a living as an author can claim to give an accurate account of the disaster when he has missed so many crucial facts. Definitely NOT the best choice if you want an objective assessment of what happened and only want to read one book about Everest in May of 1996.
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am 11. Januar 1998
Into Thin Air is a wonderful book. The events that took place and contributed to the deaths of five people are well documented and expertly written. However, Jon Krakauer seems to have written a book that caters to his point of view as opposed to a collective point of view of all involved. I've read every article and every book that has been written about the events of May 10-11 1996, and I can honestly say that Krakauer's book is more a self-serving money making gambit than it is a non-prejudicial recounting. Other's on the ill-fated climb paint an entirely different picture of Rob Hall and Scott Fischer, the two expedition leaders who also died on the mountain; a picture that shows Hall as being a selfless guide who wasn't going to leave anybody behind and Fischer as a climber suffering from either a bacterial infection (he was known to be taking antibiotics) or from altitude sickness and severe exhaustion, maladies that may have contributed to his poor decision making during the summit climb. I find it amazing that others blindly adhere to Krakauer's account without first verifying some of the facts through the words of others who were there. While I think you will enjoy this book I also think that you be naive to believe that every word he writes is factual. I also think you will see that his motives for writing the book are as suspect as any decision made on the mountain and that of the people who survived Krakauer is the least heroic.
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am 24. April 2000
Jon K fails to get the point, writing a good story is not enough when it comes to mountaineering books. This book is a great read, but read The Climb by Anatoli Boukreev and you will feel as if JK has taken you for a ride with his good story. This is because a good story does not need to stick to the facts. It is clear from the reaction of the American Alpine Club to Boukreev - awarding him a high honour for his actions on Everest- that they did not share JKs view of Boukreevs conduct.In short JK uses Boukreev as a stooge/villian around which to base his most gripping narative and in doing so absolves himself of blame. Read The Climb after you have read this book and you will get the point.This book will grip non climbers but it a slur to the memory of one of the greatest High Altitude Climbers the world has ever seen - shame on you JK
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am 11. März 1998
The author wrote this with an extreme sense of knowledge about everyone who was on Scott Fischer's expedition, which is strange, because he was on ROB HALL'S expedition !!! He makes a lot of the characters seem like complete fools, ex.: Sandy Hill Pittman, which they are not. Also, he barely gives Anatoli Boukreev (d.12/25/97-climbing accident) any credit for saving numerous lives. Krakauer was in a tent for the majority of the rescue, asleep, and he knows everything that happened? Fraid not ! For the TRUE story, read Anatoli Boukreev's book, THE CLIMB.
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am 5. Dezember 1998
The 'Illustrated' version of 'Thin air' is the result of all those readers that wanted more photos. There are some good images here, some never published before, but unfortunately all in BW. Check out 'Mountain Without Mercy' for terrific color images.
The 'new' afterword however is a big disappointmet for me and several other people I have spoken to. Instead of taking the opportunity to close gracefully Krakauer doggedly pursues the author of highly-regarded 'The Climb,' DeWalt, and even the maligned Boukreev even as he lies in his icy grave on Annapurna. Far from 'burying the axe' Krakauer is like a mad dog unable to give up his viewpoints. He accuses deWalt of sloppy research by not interviewing every participant directly. But it's clear that Krakauer as a self-described 'journalist' commits much greater sins by blatantly ignoring or warping the firsthand information that he gathered and the accounts of other individuals who were involved. Which do you think is worse? I certainly have an opinion.
Krakauer further blames the deceased Boukreev of being unable to admit any mistakes. Gee, doesn't that sound really familiar! Perhaps it's time for Krakauer to come clean on his many 'journalistic' mistakes. How about in his next 'Return to Everest' piece scheduled for Outside magazine.
The good news is that Krakauer has come a long way as writer. His strained luke-warm first offering titled 'Eiger Dreams' was reportedly rejected by more than 15 publishers. Read it and you'll know why. The bad news is that all of his loose/ugly handling of the Everest facts makes me wonder how accurate his powerful 'Into the Wild' work was. I initially enjoyed the book but now I have to wonder about this mans' hubris and ambitions.
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am 28. Oktober 1998
I've just finished the book, and I have to admit I'm rather surprised by the amount of polarization it's created. To be fair, I noticed some cultural bias in Krakauer's assesments of other people on the mountain, but I have to wonder if that's grounds for all the accusations leveled at him. I wasn't there to challenge his words, but I know for a fact that Jon Krakuaer wasn't responsible for the safety of Rob Hall's, or anybody else's team on Everest. So who was responsible? Why, that would be the leaders of the various teams, of course. You might recall that they wanted to call all the shots on the mountain. So what really did happen? Based on what I read, which may be incomplete information, I'm left with only a sketchy picture, which is the main beef I have with the book. I can imagine that it was a combination of several bad judgement calls, including not keeping up with the weather reports (they had sat phones, why not sat weather reports?) and not defining clear safety boundaries for the clients. Perhaps the guides were too ambitious to get their clients to the summit, and ignored some danger signs early on. That's my take, anyways. If an objective, disciplined, and rigorous exploratory group, with the knowledge and skill of NASA were to climb the mountain, I suspect they would approach the challenge with a much safer mentality. But such as it is, I read about a group of climbers who seem a little too self-assured, haven't developed full safeguards for themselves and their clients, and I'm not surprised that disaster struck under those extreme circumstances. It became a war zone up there, where everyone was fighting for their own life. And Jon Krakauer was merely one of many hoping to see their homes and families again.
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am 25. November 1997
Not a great book, but "6" is "above average" so I'll start with the positive points.
Krakauer does a good job of describing the brutal conditions, the technique of the climb, the history of Everest and its would-be conquerors, and the little-known deleterious effects of high-altitude exposure. I'll admit that at times, I could swear my fingers started to feel numb as I read on. I certainly learned a lot from Krakauer's book too, and I applaud anyone's physical ability and mental tenacity to even come close to the summit (granted, the expediture of over $65,000 for a hike may add extra incentive to summit the mount).
But so much of the book read like a dossier of who Krakauer felt acted nobly and who he felt acted shamefully in these extremes. OK, so Ian Woodall was an arrogant bastard: are you finished grinding your axe? OK, you've deemed Sandy Pittman's celebrity-seeking motives and panicky behavior less than honorable and made her out to be an amateurish, whimpering socialite. Yes, you feel horrific guilt at the loss of Hall, Harris, and the others.
Near the end of the book I was asking myself "Why is he so defensive? Why is he harping on isolated details of "who-saw-who-at-what-time" during the final descent? Why did I keep reading between the lines: "THIS WAS NOT MY FAULT!"
In the final chapter I got my answer: Krakauer lists several of the nasty-grams he got in response to his first article for "Outside" magazine, in which relatives of the deceased and even total strangers lambasted him for abandoning suffering colleagues and having the arrogance for passing judgement on the other climbers. (Some of those angry sentiments are mimicked in posted reviews here.) I realized then that I hadn't been reading an accounting of man's survival in a barbaric environment, or man's need to conquer the elements -- just one man's need to soothe his conscience and "set the record straight".
I don't want to play psychologist to a man who has experienced something I never could understand. I am only speaking as a dissapointed reader, especially hearing almost nothing but praise for "Into Thin Air." I wish nothing but the best for Mr. Krakauer and his family. But to blindly trust one writer's opinion as to who the "good guys" and "bad guys" were (I'm referring to another reviewer's over-simplified description of the climbers) is unfair to the others who suffered. And I don't want to read a dozen other personal accounts just to counter-balance the views of the first one to make it to print.
Early on, Krakauer mentions the advice of friends, pleading with him to wait a while before writing this book, so that the raw emotions could subside and this would be less of a catharsis for him. Perhaps he should have heeded that advice.
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am 29. Juli 2000
The tragic loss of life on Everest was due to a number of reasons, all of which are detailed to great length by Jon Krakauer. I read this book already fairly well informed on the events from following the story in the newspapers and on TV as it was happening and thereafter, but the way Krakauer reveals the different personalities and complexities involved in climbing Everest brought a whole new level of understanding and amazement to me. The hardships endured, the friendships made, the terrible personal tolls, all of these things are illuminated in this book. A totally fascinating, horrifying, and revealing story.
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am 30. Mai 2013
Nachdem ich bereits mehrere Dokumentationen über den "Tourismus" am Everest im Fernsehen gesehen habe, hat mich dieses Buch mehr als mitgenommen. Von der Vorgeschichte der Expedition und der Teilnehmer bis hin zu den journalistischen "Nachwehen" ist das ganze Drama eindrücklich und aus der persönlichen Sicht des Autors beschrieben. Der Leser fühlt sich in die Ereignisse hineinversetzt und erlebt alles hautnah mit. Von der ersten bis zur letzten Zeile ein dramatisches und spannendes Leseerlebnis ! Keine Sekunde langweilig und unbedingt empfehlenswert.
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am 20. März 2011
Habe das Buch verschlungen, obwohl ich weder bergsteige noch ein großer Fan von Abenteuerbüchern bin. Krakauers sehr subjektive Beschreibung und Analyseversuche der Katastrophe am Mount Everest von '96 lassen ahnen, was den Reiz des bergsteigens ausmacht und sogar sich auf unwirtliche 8000er zu wagen. Aber noch viel mehr, warum man es besser sein lässt. Die Besteigung des Sofas mit diesem Buch, während das Feuer im Kamin Wärme verspricht, ist aufregend genug. Empathen zittern und frieren auch hier mit.
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