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Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest by [Wade Davis]

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2011: It’s tempting to call Wade Davis’s magnificent Into the Silence an Everest of a book. But that would be misleading. It is more like K2: challenging, technically complex, and hugely rewarding upon completion. The book starts off not with mountaineering, but with vivid, novelistic descriptions of the horrors of the First World War. Years of waste and destruction in the trenches, Davis argues, “led a desperate nation to embrace the assault on Everest as a gesture of imperial redemption.” Those who endured attempts on the summit all bore the scars of the Great War—and they were drawn to the mountain by an almost contradictory desire for conquest and spiritual ablution. At the center of it all is Mallory, whose eventual disappearance effectively closed that chapter in mountaineering. His utterance “because it’s there” became a new war cry, but he climbed for deeper reasons entirely. -- Chris Schluep --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Praise for Into the Silence:

"A kaleidoscopic account. . . . Ambitious. . . . Entertaining. . . . Extraordinary."
The Wall Street Journal
  
"Brilliantly engrossing. . . . An instant classic of mountaineering literature."
The Guardian (London)
  
"Magnificent. . . . Davis tells the full story behind this almost mythic story, imbuing it with historic scope and epic sweep."
Los Angeles Times
 
"A masterpiece standing atop its own world, along with the classic
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer."
Salt Lake City Tribune

"
Into the Silence is quite unlike any other mountaineering book. It not only spins a gripping Boy’s Own yarn about the early British expeditions to Everest, but investigates how the carnage of the trenches bled into a desire for redemption at the top of the world. . . . At its heart, Into the Silence is an elegy for a lost generation . . . a magnificent, audacious venture."
The Sunday Times (London)
 
"Magnificent. . . . Impressive. . . . A vivid account."
The Observer (London)
 
"Utterly compelling. . . . Not only a thorough examination of Mallory’s determined advances on Everest, but also insight into the psyche of post-war England. . . . A mesmerizing story of the human spirit."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
 
"Powerful and profound, a moving, epic masterpiece of literature, history and hope."
The Times (London)
 
"A brilliant book. I can’t praise it enough."
—Christopher Hitchens
 
"Davis has produced a magnificent, rigorously researched account of the expeditions that set out to regain glory for an empire in decline but, instead, created some of the most enduring legends of the 20th century."
Financial Times
 
"A magnificent work of scholarship . . . and narrative drive. . . . [Davis] has written far and away the best account of this seminal chapter in the epic history of mountaineering."
The National
 
"Davis is a fine storyteller. . . . A deep current of sympathy runs through the book. . . . One comes away with a feeling almost of tenderness for these men, of admiration for their stoicism in the face of extreme suffering, and their willingness to risk everything for a transcendent ideal. . . . The quest, finally, is not for the summit of Everest, or even for the story of how it eluded these men, but rather for a complex and compassionate understanding of the world in which they lived and died."
The Boston Globe
 
"A gripper of a read . . .
Silence revives the cliff’s-edge drama of those Jazz age climbs and drives home the tragedy of Mallory’s death."
Outside
 
"An exceptional book on an extraordinary generation. . . . Monumental in its scope and conception it nevertheless remains hypnotically fascinating throughout. A wonderful story tinged with sadness."
—Joe Simpson, author of
Touching the Void
 
"Brilliant. . . . The product of a decade’s research,
Into the Silence has two supreme strengths, the first of which is the emotional, spiritual and historical context it provides against which to understand the central events. The other is the author’s effortless knack for sketching character."
The Spectator
 
"Magnificent. . . . Fascinating. . . . To keep this mass of material from bulging out of the narrative is an impressive feat of literary organization and management."
—Geoff Dyer,
The Guardian (London)
 
"Combining the pace of a thriller with a degree of detail as nuanced as any academic study, this is an atmospheric and exhilarating book."
Time Out (London)
 
"Profoundly ambitious. . . . Impressive. . . . Monumental. . . . This is perhaps the first book . . . to survey the matter not as a record of high adventure, exploration, mountaineering technique or political history, but as zeitgeist."
—Jan Morris,
The Telegraph (London)
 
"As breathtaking and astounding as any previous climbing literature."
Publishers Weekly
 
"[
Into the Silence] stands as a near masterpiece."
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
 
"Mesmerizing. . . . An epic worthy of its epic."
—Caroline Alexander, author of 
The Endurance
 
"Richly detailed, and often riveting, with vivid portraits of all the players, [Davis’s] book juxtaposes human ambition, courage and adaptive capability with the relentless realities of terrain and weather. It will stand as the definitive treatment of this subject."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
"A breathtaking triumph. An astonishing piece of research, it is also intensely moving."
—William Shawcross, author of
The Queen Mother
 
"Davis’s lucid and sometimes haunting prose, his masterly handling of a great volume of material, his vivid portraits of the astonishing cast of characters, and of places as diverse as Newfoundland, the trenches of northern France, and the Tibetan plateau, all contribute to this achievement. . . . A world apart from the gimmicks and media stunts that have surrounded the cult of Mallory and Irvine, Davis’s book stands as a fitting memorial to a story that is at once poignant and stirring."
The Times Literary Supplement (London)
 
"Highly absorbing. . . . A heroic attempt to capture the scale of the undertaking to conquer the highest mountain on earth."
The Newark Star-Ledger
 
"In recreating their astonishing adventure, Wade Davis has given us an elegant meditation on the courage to carry on."
—George F. Will

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004KPM1HG
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Vintage (October 18, 2011)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 18, 2011
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 11908 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 690 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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