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Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Joe Simpson
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3. Februar 2004

Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes when disaster struck. Simpson plunged off the vertical face of an ice ledge, breaking his leg. In the hours that followed, darkness fell and a blizzard raged as Yates tried to lower his friend to safety. Finally, Yates was forced to cut the rope, moments before he would have been pulled to his own death.

The next three days were an impossibly grueling ordeal for both men. Yates, certain that Simpson was dead, returned to base camp consumed with grief and guilt over abandoning him. Miraculously, Simpson had survived the fall, but crippled, starving, and severely frostbitten was trapped in a deep crevasse. Summoning vast reserves of physical and spiritual strength, Simpson crawled over the cliffs and canyons of the Andes, reaching base camp hours before Yates had planned to leave.

How both men overcame the torments of those harrowing days is an epic tale of fear, suffering, and survival, and a poignant testament to unshakable courage and friendship.


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  • Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper Perennial; Auflage: Perennial. (3. Februar 2004)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0060730552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060730550
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 14 - 18 Jahre
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,5 x 13,5 x 1,5 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.6 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (57 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 72.502 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Concise and yet packed with detail, Touching the Void, Joe Simpson's harrowing account of near-death in the Peruvian Andes, is a compact tour de force that wrestles with issues of bravery, friendship, physical endurance, the code of the mountains, and the will to live. Simpson dedicates the book to his climbing partner, Simon Yates, and to "those friends who have gone to the mountains and have not returned." What is it that compels certain individuals to willingly seek out the most inhospitable climate on earth? To risk their lives in an attempt to leave footprints where few or none have gone before? Simpson's vivid narrative of a dangerous climbing expedition will convince even the most die-hard couch potato that such pursuits fall within the realm of the sane. As the author struggles ever higher, readers learn of the mountain's awesome power, the beautiful--and sometimes deadly--sheets of blue glacial ice, and the accomplishment of a successful ascent. And then catastrophe: the second half of Touching the Void sees Simpson at his darkest moment. With a smashed, useless leg, he and his partner must struggle down a near-vertical face--and that's only the beginning of their troubles. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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"A brilliant, vivd, gripping, heart-stopping account of their terrifying adventure... Superbly written" (Sunday Express)

"One of the absolute classics of mountaineering...a document of psychological, even philosophical witness of the rarest compulsion" (George Steiner Sunday Times)

"On every level it is an outstanding literary achievement" (Independent)

"A quite extraordinary and moving book...Touching the Void touches the Great Questions in an understated yet utterly compelling way" (Guardian)

"A truly astonishing account of suffering and fortitude...the narrative acquires an irresistible force, carrying all before it" (Sunday Times) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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4.0 von 5 Sternen EXTREME ADVENTURE IN THE PERUVIAN ANDES... 16. Januar 2003
Von Lawyeraau
Format:Taschenbuch
This book recounts an amazing tale of courage, fortitude, and the will to live, despite dire circumstances. The author, Joe Simpson, and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, attempted to ascend a perilous section of the Peruvian Andes. Near the summit, tragedy struck when Joe, up over 19,000 feet, fell and hit a slope at the base of a cliff, breaking his right leg, rupturing his right knee, and shattering his right heel. Beneath him was a seemingly endless fall to the bottom.
When Simon reached him, they both knew that the chances for getting Joe off the mountain were virtually non-existent. Yet, they fashioned a daring plan to do just that. For the next few hours, they worked in tandem through a snowstorm, and managed a risky, yet effective way of trying to lower Joe down the mountain.
About three thousand feet down, Joe, who was still roped to Simon, dropped off an edge and found himself now free hanging in space six feet away from an ice wall, unable to reach it with his axe. The edge was over hung about fifteen feet above him. The dark outline of a crevasse lay about a hundred feet directly below him.
Joe could not get up, and Simon could not get down. In fact, Joe's weight began to pull Simon off the mountain. So, Simon was finally forced to do the only thing he could do under the circumstances. He cut the rope, believing that he was consigning his friend to certain death. Therein lies the tale.
What happens next is sure to make one believe in miracles. This is an absorbing read and one of the great stories in mountaineering literature.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen EXTREME ADVENTURE IN THE PERUVIAN ANDES... 3. Februar 2007
Von Lawyeraau
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This book recounts an amazing tale of courage, fortitude, and the will to live, despite dire circumstances. The author, Joe Simpson, and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, attempted to ascend a perilous section of the Peruvian Andes. Near the summit, tragedy struck when Joe, up over 19,000 feet, fell and hit a slope at the base of a cliff, breaking his right leg, rupturing his right knee, and shattering his right heel. Beneath him was a seemingly endless fall to the bottom.

When Simon reached him, they both knew that the chances for getting Joe off the mountain were virtually non-existent. Yet, they fashioned a daring plan to do just that. For the next few hours, they worked in tandem through a snowstorm, and managed a risky, yet effective way of trying to lower Joe down the mountain.

About three thousand feet down, Joe, who was still roped to Simon, dropped off an edge and found himself now free hanging in space six feet away from an ice wall, unable to reach it with his axe. The edge was over hung about fifteen feet above him. The dark outline of a crevasse lay about a hundred feet directly below him.

Joe could not get up, and Simon could not get down. In fact, Joe's weight began to pull Simon off the mountain. So, Simon was finally forced to do the only thing he could do under the circumstances. He cut the rope, believing that he was consigning his friend to certain death. Therein lies the tale.

What happens next is sure to make one believe in miracles. This is an absorbing read and one of the great stories in mountaineering literature.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not Just for Climbing Fans 26. Juni 2000
Von Martina
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I have never been mountain climbing, but I read this wonderful book in one sitting. Joe Simpson's personal account of his "near-death" experience is written in a simple, yet eloquent style.
Cliches such as "inspiring" and "harrowing" don't do this book justice. It is a one of a kind read. Into Thin Air is also a terrific climbing book, but for me, Simpson's story was more personal and in a way, almost spirutual.
Even though he comes across as an unbelievably brave hero, it is evident that he is not trying to, which makes him seem all the more heroic. I would recmmend this book for sportspeople and couch potatoes alike.
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They say it's better than 'Into Thin Air'. They are wrong ! It's 10 times better than that ! You are a climber, or a non-climber, it doesn't matter, go and get this book ! Reading this book, not only i am amazed by the way he has survived, but also by the way he has written it. His words are simple and yet they are capable of filling the entire space of my heart. I cried and laughed reading this book. At some points, i even wished that i were there with him so that i could put my arms around him and tell him that everything would be fine. Even after i have finished reading it, i still pick it up often and re-read some pages. The effect never subside....
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4.0 von 5 Sternen If you liked "Into Thin Air" you'll like this 3. April 2000
Von Dave
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Harrowing first person account of Joe Simpson's near-death while climbing in the Andes. After breaking his leg and heel and falling into a crevasse he is left for dead. He struggles out and crawls/hobbles miles into base camp where his climbing partners are preparing to break camp (after having burned his clothes thinking he was dead!).
If you liked Krakauer's Into Thin Air, you will like this. If you like this genre read Alfred Lansing's book on the Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen not for the faint of heart 11. März 2000
Von mike h.
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I can sum up Joe Simpson's book Touching the Void in one word: inspiring. This thrilling and harrowing tale of two friends ascending a Peruvian 21,000 foot peak is inspirational to man's tough will to live, and the never ending struggle to survive. As the two climbers face almost sure death, they realize that a minute mistake by either one, and they both could be dead within hours. The two climbers are very similar. Joe Simpson, the author, narrator, and main character is a climber without writing background. However, he does have courage, a cool nonchalant attitude, and he is a man who has dignity. Simon Yeats, his partner, has a strong conscience, bravery, he never panics, and he accepts reality even if it is unfavorable. Together, the two make a great team. The style in which this piece is written is one of great description. The use of vivid adjectives gives the reader an image with DVD lucidity of the ongoing story. The reader feels as if he/she is right in there inside Joe's head, thinking what he thinks, feeling what he feels. If you read the book, you take every step with the two up the mountain and down again. Yet Joe is not the narrator all the way through. After the two climbers are separated on the descent, the story jumps back and forth from Joe's point of view, to Simon's thoughts and his point of view. This allows the reader to juxtapose the two perspectives. This book is great for the mountaineer, and even for those couch potatoes that just need to get a little inspired to start their own adventures. If you like the works of Jon Krakauer, the author of the chilling tale Into Thin Air, a story of the ill-fated 1996 Everest attempts, you will thoroughly enjoy this tale of survival. On the "F" scale -- F1: frighteningly bad, F2 fairly bad, F3 fun read, F4 fine piece of work, F5 fantastic book - I would give this book an F 4.5. It is an inspiring story that gives you a sense of adventure.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great writing
Even though I had already seen the movie, I found the book great fun to read. I contains a lot more details about the ascent and is written in a way that lets you imagine the area... Lesen Sie weiter...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen ziemlich spannend
das buch war definitiv spannend da der autor sehr lebhaft beschreibt wie er den kampf ums überleben(wenn auch nur hauchdünn) gegen eis und physische beeinträchtigung... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Januar 2009 von Bücherfan
5.0 von 5 Sternen Überleben um jeden Preis
Meine ersten Gedanken zu diesem Buch waren das es sich bei den beiden Hauptdarstellern nur um Adrenalin-Junkies handeln kann. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 14. April 2008 von Dawin
4.0 von 5 Sternen EXTREME ADVENTURE IN THE PERUVIAN ANDES...
An amazing tale of courage, fortitude, and a desire to live, despite dire circumstances. The author, Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, ascend a perilous section of... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. März 2006 von Lawyeraau
5.0 von 5 Sternen extraordninarily exciting
once you have started reading it, you can't put it away -even if you actually don't have time to read, actually. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 2. Juni 2002 von "hohmann_andreas"
4.0 von 5 Sternen EXTREME ADVENTURE IN THE PERUVIAN ANDES
An amazing tale of courage, fortitude, and a desire to live, despite dire circumstances. The author, Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, ascend a perilous section of... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. Juli 2000 von Lawyeraau
5.0 von 5 Sternen Hard to put down.
An awesome story... very engaging, I went through this book very quickly. Simply put, you won't be disappointed.
Veröffentlicht am 10. März 2000 von Philip Fortier
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