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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Illustrated Edition Is Worth Buying
I had previously read and reviewed (very highly) the original hardback, which had some pictures. This illustrated edition is worth the second purchase. The newly added photos, which Krakauer obtained from various sources, incuding the cameras found on two dead climbers, and other members of his expedition, give the book an added dimension.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen one-sided account of the 1996 Everest disaster
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...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen one-sided account of the 1996 Everest disaster, 11. Januar 1998
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Illustrated Edition Is Worth Buying, 26. Juli 2000
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I had previously read and reviewed (very highly) the original hardback, which had some pictures. This illustrated edition is worth the second purchase. The newly added photos, which Krakauer obtained from various sources, incuding the cameras found on two dead climbers, and other members of his expedition, give the book an added dimension.
I would highly recommed that fans of climbing books, and of Into Thin Air, add this terrific book to their collections.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unbedingt lesen!, 13. Dezember 2008
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Ich habe Krakauers Buch "Into Thin Air" kurz vor Messners "Der nackte Berg" gelesen. Wer erfahren möchte, wozu Menschen körperlich und mental fähig sind (oder eben auch nicht), wer wissen möchte, was Menschen in die Todeszonen des Himalaya und anderer Gebirge treibt, der sollte diese Bücher gelesen haben.
Krakauers Buch ist darüber hinaus ein hervorragendes Stück Journalismus, sauber recherchiert, gut geschrieben, hoch spannend, immer noch aktuell.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen somebody has to say it ..., 11. Oktober 1998
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Well, as a piece of fiction I would give it 5 stars ... it is compelling, one of those books that you can't put down. But as non-fiction, it fills me with anger and revulsion towards the author. Here's the Krakauer strategy -- if I can make everybody, even the good guys, look bad, then maybe I don't look that bad. This man just doesn't get it ... the amount of misery for which he is personnally responsible (I think of the 'friend' he left to die, and then, finding he's not dead, being 'terrified' to think that he might not have made it -- come on Jon, which way do you want it?). Courage and loyalty abound in this book, they cost good men their lives. Unfortunately it appears that neither will ever be understood by the author. That he profits in any manner by this book is nothing short of a crime.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Skip this and read Boukreev's The Climb, 22. Juli 1998
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Krakauer's book was a quick and interesting read UNTIL I followed up with The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev. Krakauer's book comes off as a biased and subjective account and, while it is interesting on that basis, it left me wondering at the mysteries of fate that lead to this tragic event. Boukreev's book, on the other hand, gave me a very clear understanding of the logistical errors that, compounded by the extreme nature of an Everest climb, led to the deaths and injuries of the climbers. In addition, Krakauer's book relies primarily on his observations and Boukreev's book combines his observations with the experences of many other climbers as revealed in detailed interviews. Read this for what it's worth. A PERSONAL account. Read Boukreev for a more FACTUAL and informative read.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Into Thin Air : A Personal Account of Jon Krakauer's Ego, 29. Juli 1998
Jon Krakauer spends a remarkable amount of this book alluding to the fact that he is a much stronger individual than most of the other paying clients. I was impressed by his original story in outside magazine, this book didn't add much (apart from the fact that the second time around he got his facts straight).
Near the end of the book he endlessly whines about the fact that nobody tried to wake him to help with the rescue, despite the fact that he already mentioned that someone tried (and failed) to wake him to help with the rescue. In the end I was surprised that I hadn't really learned any more from reading this book than I had in reading the original story in Outside.
It's a good story, if you aren't bothered by Jon's ego trip. I was.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Not a book, but a Personal Vendetta, 12. April 1999
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What a joke. This book is not an "account" of the tragedy on Mt Everest, but, rather, an attempt by Mr Krakauer to lay all of the blame for the events at the feet of Anatoli Boukreev. Fairly ironic coming from the guy who slept in his tent while Boukreev, oxygen or not, was out searching in the blizzard in the middle of the night. I guess this was how Krakauer decided to sensationalize the book to maximize his profits from the tragedy. If you want to read a better book about it, check out "The Climb" by Boukreev. His account seems to match more closely with all of the other newspaper and magazine accounts that were written about these events. I only wish I could have given it zero stars instead of one.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining, but..., 20. Oktober 1998
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Krakauers account of the 1996 Everest disaster is a one sided, egotistical tirade. While his writing style is easy and fluid, it is the underlying tone of Krakauers story that I found offensive. Too be sure, I could not put the book down as Krakauer is an expert weaver of tales, but upon reflection, the book was nothing more then one mans attempt to assign blame for the events on Everest in May 1996. Read the book, but realize all the time that there are two sides to every story. "The Climb" by the now deceased Anatoli Boukereev is the rebuttal to Krakauers "In to Thin Air". Read back to back, you are assured of many entertaining hours.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen An engrossing read--but take with a grain of salt, 18. Juli 2000
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I read this book as part of a history course this past year dealing with landscape as history. I won't get into too many details of that, but my professor is an avid climber and focuses on mountaineering and its history. The events on Everest that year were horrifying, and Krakauer's book tells the story from a survivor's perspective. It is well written and engrossing; I could not put the book down as I was reading it. My class did, however, read Anatoli Boukreev's counterpoint novel The Climb. Boukreev was a guide for a competing expedition, a great climber and played an important role in the disaster. Krakauer's book is a novel; it was written for a mass audience and was designed to sell. But in a tale like this, for a mass-market audience, a villain was necessary, and Boukreev became that villain. I don't care to speculate on whether Krakauer did this consciously or not, or if he was trying to misplace some of his own guilt at the horrible mistake he made on the mountain, but Into Thin Air is a biased account, and should be read in tandem with The Climb, preferrably the most recent editions of both books. Of course The Climb is a biased account as well, but that's why these books should be read together so that the reader may gain a more informed outlook. The fact of the matter is that all the clients of Boukreev's expedition--everyone--survived the disaster. I believe that says something about the validity of Krakauer's interpretation of events. You can make your own judgement. But I believe the quality of this book is called into doubt when read in a vacuum. Please do yourself a favor and read the Climb. It is not nearly as "thrilling" as Into Thin Air, but a valuable read nonetheless.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent account of foolish behavior and its consequence, 13. Juli 1999
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Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air". Is an excellent account of several fatal attempts to reach the summit of Mount Everest which took place in the same year. When I say "excellent", I mean the book is evocative, well written and contains extraordinary attention to detail. Krakauer is a skilled enough writer to instantly familiarize the average reader with most aspects of mountain climbing and especially with climbing Mount Everest.
The reader is also left with some nagging questions. Is Krakauer really, the humble, easy going and under-qualified (yet skillful) mountaineer he portrays himself to be in the book? Or, is he every bit as self-centered, careless, or full of poor judgment as many of the others? Although I liked the book very much, Krakauer's portrayal of himself struck me as too good to be true.
The most important question is why two of the most experienced climbers and several of their clients perish on the mountain. In the case of Rob Hall, the highly methodical and experienced guide, Krakauer mildly suggests the obvious: he didn't follow his own safety regulations.
Hall ignored his own turn around time and continued to the summit when he knew it was too dangerous to do so. Krakauer suggests that he did this partly out of pride (he had never failed to get clients to the summit before), partly out of fear (his competitor--who also perished in the attempt--might have succeeded in getting his clients to the top), and partly out of obligation (he could not bear the thought of his friend Doug Hansen, who was dangerously lagging behind, not making it to the top). Piled on top of these factors was the lure of reaching the summit itself. I am not a mountain climber, but I'm certain that had I been so close, I too would have found the urge to reach the summit extremely hard to resist.
Oddly enough, Hall was completely right when he acknowledged that sooner or later something like this was going to happen. Although I was saddened and moved by the tragedy, I also found myself asking, "well, what did you expect? You took a risk and you suffered the consequences." I do not say this with any lack of respect or regard for the lives lost there.
I enjoyed the book very much and commend Jon Krakauer for his excellent account of a fascinating and tragic situation.
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