Thursday, October 3, 2013

Above All Things and Paths of Glory

ABOVE ALL THINGS by Tanis Rideout
The Paris Wife meets Into Thin Air in this breathtaking novel of love and obsession, which tells the story of George Mallory's legendary attempt to be the first man to conquer Mount Everest - and of the remarkable woman he left behind to await news of his fate.

A captivating blend of historical fact and imaginative fiction,Above All Things moves seamlessly between the epic story of Mallory's final expedition and a moving account of a day in the life of his wife, Ruth. Through George's perspective, and that of the newest member of the climbing team, Sandy Irvine, we get an astonishing picture of the terrible risks taken by the men on the treacherous terrain of the Himalaya. But it is through Ruth's eyes that a complex portrait of a marriage emerges, one forged on the eve of the First World War, shadowed by its losses, and haunted by the ever-present possibility that George might not come home. Drawing on years of research, this powerful and beautifully written novel is a timeless story of desire, redemption, and the lengths we are willing to go for honor, glory, and love.

         PATHS OF GLORY by Jeffrey Archer
Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. But what if one man had such a dream…and once he'd fulfilled it, there was no proof that he had achieved his ambition?
This is the story of such a man: George Mallory. He once told an American reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest "because it's there." On his third attempt in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was last seen six hundred feet from the top. His body was found in 1999. And it still remains a mystery whether he ever reached the summit

  Reading these two books I really fell in love with George Mallory! I believe Mallory was the first man to climb Everest:) It is always amazing to see how far someone will go to accomplish their dreams, not always a good thing.

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed Paths of Glory as well, Melissa (I reviewed it here in February of 2012), so now I'll have to look up Above All Things to get another perspective. :)


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