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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading as well as watching
A few weeks back, in search of something good to watch at the video store, I picked up Kevin Macdonald's Touching the Void documentary from the shelf. As I was skeptically reading the back of the DVD case, the fellow standing next to me said that it was a "really good movie." I took him on his word and later disovered a movie that I have since been raving about...
Published on Dec 21 2004 by Elizabeth

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3.0 out of 5 stars I Don't Get It...Tempting Fate???
Given the plethora of reviews of this slender tale that gush with praise, my thoughts about this story are clearly contrarian. Actually, no amount of praise would be enough to describe Joe Simpson's courage, determination and strength in surviving seemingly insurmountable odds, while suffering tormenting pain, after plunging from a vertical face of a 21,000 foot peak in...
Published on Sept. 4 2001 by bcj222


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4.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Survivor Story, Feb. 10 2001
This review is from: Touching the Void (Paperback)
All in all not a bad book. Particularly inspiring is one man's desire not to die. The story line moves along quite well and at times is riveting. Unlike other mountain climbing stories I have read, Joe Simpson does not exagarate on the truth, which is very refreshing. He does a pretty good job of making you feel like you are there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Absolute must for climbers., May 13 1999
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I almost cringe just thinking about this story. Psychology majors should check Touching the Void and This Game of Ghosts to analyze the effects of childhood and family dynamics on adult behavior. Simpson is not the best writer, but Touching the Void definitely exemplifies the harsh decisions that mountaineers are forced to make.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine book by a living ghost, April 3 1998
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Incredible, how do you survive an encounter with death like that? The book itself is well written and gripped me all the way through. I don't think I even put it down once. Cover to cover in my first reading. Not only is Joe Simpson one of the luckiest men alive but he can write too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More engaging than "Into Thin Air", Oct. 10 1998
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It you liked "Into Thin Air" you will love "Touching the Void". The experiences of the author make the Everest expedition detailed in "Into Thin Air" look like a cake walk. This is a quick, fast-paced read that you will not be able to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, Dramatic, Emotional. One of the best in its class!, Sept. 6 1998
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This is simply one of the best adventure/mountaineering book that I have ever read. Joe Simpson puts his guts and dramatic will to survive on the page for us. A great work! I was priveliged to be able to read it. 5 stars, 5 stars, 5 stars !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars That Simpson returned to the mountains is unfathomable., Oct. 4 1997
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Joe Simpson's story of a lonely and painful escape down the side of a mountain, out of the bowels of a glacier and through the Peruvian outback is so unbelievable and outlandish, I had to repeatedly return to the picture to believe that he was telling us a true story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that teaches us to continue whatever the danger, March 9 1999
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Joe Simpson has brough to life the universal truth that the future - the void - is fearsome and unknowable. Yet we have no alternative but to stare into that future with courage and to live every moment with hope. It is a Zen lesson - as revealed in the title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Cliffhanger !, Nov. 13 1997
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This book was recommended to me by a climber on the way up Mt. Kilimanjaro. His description of the ledge scene, where the climbers dangled in mid-air for hours from their bivouac, was all I needed to hear to pick this book up. A must read for any thrill-seeker!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Wrenching!, May 11 2002
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Racing throught the last chapter on a crowded commuter train out of London - I was on the verge of tears and almost missed my stop. I would recommend this book to anybody, it's not just for people interested in adventure and climbing. It's truely outstanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable book, Jan. 13 1998
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One of the best stories I've ever read. Having done some climbing and backcountry travel, Joe Simpson makes one feel weak and small after hearing it. And if a person can go through all that and not just give up and die, then almost anything's possible.
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