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5.0 von 5 Sternen Surprising Variety
If ever I thought that a collection of mountain climbing stories would be a little stale from lack of variety, EIGER DREAMS certainly shattered my preconceptions in this regard. Krakauer writes on a diverse assortment of subjects relating to outdoor climbing, superbly avoiding monotonous repetition. Whether musing about the derring-do spirit of the denizens of...
Veröffentlicht am 24. August 1998 von David Graham

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3.0 von 5 Sternen No Hill for a Climber
In my humble opinion this book is not in the class of Krakauer's other two books. The stories were, undoubtable exciting (I especially liked the K2 account), but it didn't reach the height of Into thin Air or the depth and discovery of Into the Wild. Well worth the money, but not quite as hair-raising.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Surprising Variety, 24. August 1998
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If ever I thought that a collection of mountain climbing stories would be a little stale from lack of variety, EIGER DREAMS certainly shattered my preconceptions in this regard. Krakauer writes on a diverse assortment of subjects relating to outdoor climbing, superbly avoiding monotonous repetition. Whether musing about the derring-do spirit of the denizens of Chamonix, the flyboys of Talkeetna, or humoring the reader with candid confessions of what it is like to be tentbound, Krakauer displays great range, penetrating insight, and clear style with his writing ventures. I liked this book every bit as much as INTO THE WILD and INTO THIN AIR.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A great read for those at sea level and rising, 13. Juni 2000
How to do justice to a writer like Krakauer....well, he's such a good writer that I feel any review I write would suffer compared to the source. Nevertheless, here I go.
This is Krakauer's first book. It's a collection of his previously published articles on mountaineering (save the last one about Devil's Thumb which was written for the book.) What a gread read too whether you are an afficionado of the sport or, like me, you've never seen a pair of crampons in your life (by the way, those are a set of spikes climbers strap to their boots to support themselves and prevent slipping on icy slopes.) Some of the famous peaks that make an appearance here include K2, Mt McKinley, and the titular Eiger. Throughout you will read about some of the eccentric personalities in the international climbing community, personal triumph and inspiration, offshoots like bouldering and waterfall climbing, and horrific tragedy.
If you read Into Thin Air, you'll be surprised at how funny this book is. Krakauer displays a wry, self-deprecating wit in several of these stories-something the somber subject matter of the latter book didn't permit. The last one, about his decision to solo the Devil's Thumb in Alaska in his early twenties is hysterical.
Anyone who can make a story about being tentbound or the inventor of the perfect ice axe riveting deserves attention. If you are on the fence, just go ahead and get this book. It's definitely worth it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Turn up the heat and secure your climbing harness!, 18. November 1998
A collection of brilliant stories from Jon Krakauer that will send chills up your spine and waves of vertigo through your mind. No one brings home the terror of dangling 2000 feet in the air by an ice ax like Krakauer. His wonderfully humorous (and occasionally downright absurd) depictions of characters and situations paint a memorable portrait of the anguish, the isolation, and even the occasional reward of cold-climate climbing. If you want to get close enough to vertical ice to feel the shuddering thunk of your ax as it bites into the Eisinglas, or high enough on an arctic slope to see your breath whisked away in a -40 degree gale without leaving the comfort of your living room, then this is the book for you.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen He's like Shakespeare for me, 30. April 2000
Like Shakespeare, who portrays the historic, tragic, and comic in human life, Jon Krakauer has an expansive understanding of human nature which he unfolds in his essays reflecting upon mountaineering. The concrete and gripping details of his essays tell us more about the people who climb than about climbing, and yet, as various and comprehensive as these essays are, the core reason why a person would pursue such a passion remains a mystery. Detailed exploration, restless curiosity, scintillating use of language, deft sense of drama -- hmm -- an American bard has appeared in the world of non-fiction.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen John Krakauer never ceases to entertain me!!, 24. August 1998
After reading Krakauer's "Into the Wild" and "Into Thin Air" I couldn't help myself to read another by him. I didn't think there could be another book as fascinating, inspirational, and entertaining as the other two. Boy, did he prove me wrong. "Eiger Dreams" is a series of short adventure stories that kept me turning the pages (even at work, oops!). Krakauer's world is unbelievable, yet so real. This a great book of short stories that you can quickly cram into even a busy day. Thanks, John...keep up the good work!!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I enjoyed this book a whole lot, 1. September 1999
I've read all of Jon Krakauer's books, and while this one doesn't have the huge drama of Into Thin Air (because shorter stories can't possibly build up like a novel can), it is just as entertaining because of the broader scope.
Not only are Jon Krakauer's books extremely interesting, but I feel like I know quite a bit about mountain climbing after just having read them. I think that for everyone who enjoys a good, real-life adventure, this is a must-read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Kept me hanging on for dear life!!, 21. Juni 1998
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Incredible. Breathtaking. Terrifying. These words don't even begin to describe this overwhelming hike to the edge of the cliff. I had to catch my breath and remind myself that it wasn't me hanging tenuously by a thin rope thousands of feet above the ground. As I typed this, I felt a tightness in my chest and shortness of breath.
Jon kept me interested and looking for more with every turn of the page. Each story held me captive out in the wilderness, or, high up on the edge of the world. How can Jon and the friends he writes about take so many chances? It may be that stepping up to the edge, and getting so close to death, brings them that much closer to life.
If you read "Into Thin Air", you owe it to yourself to read this one. It dispenses with the impending doom while replacing it with a whole lot of fun. This book is destined to become one of my favorites for escaping the humdrum of metropolitan living.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Krakauer shows risk as a means to growth, 11. Juni 1998
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Eiger Dreams is a testament to Jon Krakauer's versatility as a writer. He explains the strange lure of the sport (and subculture) of climbing with a minimum of technical lingo. He also deftly reveals the human side of several real-life characters whose exploits could appear like the adventures of comic-book superheros in lesser hands. Krakauer's finest moments, however, come when he relates his own close calls, near misses and sometimes ill-advised adventures in the mountains. His pieces "Eiger Dreams," "Club Denali" and "The Devils Thumb" are, for my money, among the best non-fiction to writing to be found anywhere. Highly recommended!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good read-for climbers and non-climbers alike., 16. Juli 1999
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An enjoyable summer read. Krakauer writes of places both familiar and unfamiliar. Each tale is exciting and gripping.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Could Krakauer get any better?!!! NO WAY!, 21. August 1998
After reading John Krakauer's "Into the Wild" and "Into Thin Air", I never imagined he could write anything as interesting, fascinating, and inspirational...but he proved me wrong! "Eiger Dreams" is a wonderful book full of short stories to keep you turning the pages (even on busy days when you don't think you have time...you just can't help it!). Krakauer brings alive unbelievable reality with his incredible style and entertaining insights. I just keep hoping that another Krakauer book will arive on the shelves soon, because...man, I think I am addicted!!!
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