Touching the Void

Touching the Void

Book - 1988
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"A truly astounding account of suffering and fortitude." --The Times (London) Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes when disaster struck.Simpson plunged off the vertical face of an ice ledge, breaking his leg. In the hours that followed, darkness fell and a blizzard raged as Yates tried to lower his friend to safety. Finally, Yates was forced to cut the rope, moments before he would have been pulled to his own death. The next three days were an impossibly grueling ordeal for both men. Yates, certain that Simpson was dead, returned to base camp consumed with grief and guilt over abandoning him. Miraculously, Simpson had survived the fall but, crippled, starving, and severely frostbitten, was trapped in a deep crevasse. Summoning vast reserves of physical and spiritual strength, Simpson hopped, hobbled, and crawled over the cliffs and canyons of the Andes, reaching the base hours before Yates had planned to break camp. How both men overcame the torments of those harrowing days is an epic tale of fear, suffering, and survival; a poignant testament to unshakable courage and friendship. "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 "A gripping narrative that should excite armchair adventurers everywhere." --Cleveland Plain Dealer "Simpson touches a nerve of the mountaineering community and the hearts of others." --Los Angeles Times "Riveting, even compulsive reading." --Minneapolis Star Tribune
Publisher: London : J. Cape, 1988.
ISBN: 9780060160272
9780224025454
0224025457
Branch Call Number: 910.4 SIM
Characteristics: 172 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.

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apirrie
Aug 08, 2017

An incredible story but when it comes to the writing I'd point you in the direction of Krakauer's "Into Thin Air" much sooner than to "Into the Void." Again, a crazy tale of events and an amazing climb for a 22 and 25 year old to accomplish, but the writing wasn't great. I feel like his publisher told him to push it out to 200 words.

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amergamer123
Oct 01, 2016

thanks you for giving good feedback, i will take a look at it

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Header81
Sep 11, 2013

One of my go to books for action, drama, grit. You will never complain about being uncomfortable or tired again. The movie is good too.

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Julianna Nielsen
Nov 06, 2011

Such an AMAZING book! I hightly recomend this to anyone who likes an adventure/survival story. *warning* Not meant for kids under 13, there is swearing. :\

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