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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"A gripping narrative that should excite armchair adventurers everywhere." -- --Cleveland Plain-Dealer
"A truly astounding account of suffering and fortitude." -- The Times (London)
"Simpson touches a nerve of the mountaineering community and the hearts of others." -- --Los Angeles Times
"Told with lyrical quality and stunning immediacy, Touching the Void transcends its genre and becomes accessible to readers who have never had any desire to climb a glacier." -- New York Newsday --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Amazing survival story that I highly recommend to anyone interested in that genre. Only criticism I have is that it was pretty "technical" at times and if you're not a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bosk67
An unflinching and harrowing account of a climb gone wrong. It is a portrait of bravery and the will to survive that left me in awe of both Joe and Simon.Published 6 months ago by carol jones
This is a harrowing story about two people who seem to have overreached themselves on this climb and one of them paid a high price.Published 12 months ago by elaine gray
I read Touching the Void over the course of a few days and found it nearly impossible to put down. Extremely well-written and engrossing.Published 13 months ago by Paula Daley
I couldn't stop reading. Great book, well written. I would highly recommend this book. I also enjoyed the movie years ago.Published 18 months ago by 60chins
A story of a mans survival while climbing a mountain. It made me wonder why anyone would take up this type of endeavour. I gave the book to a man who had climbed Mt. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mary Jane Amirault
Some of us occasionally want to "see what we're made of". Other times that opportunity is imposed on us by unforeseen circumstances. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Roland Laing
This book tells the story of surviving a climbing expedition accident. It is probably like chocolate to a climber as they imagine themselves on the same mountain. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Anne