4.0 out of 5 stars
For climbers, by a climber, March 24 2002
A great story, perhaps not a great literary work, but captivating enough. My impression was that this book was written by Joe Simpson as part of a cathartic process of sorts, to deal with the trauma of the experience. Scathing reviews such as that of lazza are completely misguided, as this book wasn't written for such an audience. If you are interested in the extremes of mountain climbing and want a little insight or perhaps inspiration, then this modern mountaineering classic is the book for you. Otherwise, you may still find it to be a gripping read, but don't expect delicately crafted prose.