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Above All Things [Kindle Edition]

Tanis Rideout
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A love story, a tale of adventure, and a study in obsession all at once, Above All Things is simply breathtaking. With Tanis Rideout's debut,a major new voice in Canadian fiction arrives (Joseph Boyden, author of Through Black Spruce)

Above All Things has it all: adventure, tragedy, mystery, and a deeply moving love story. It's gorgeously written and beautifully paced. I could not put it down. Prepare to be dazzled (Alison Pick, author of Far to Go)

Timeless romance, an unflinching love story that touches the very core of the human condition. Rideout leaves readers holding the book close to their chest, knowing that the purpose of life, above all else, is love (Telegraph-Journal)

With Above All Things, Tanis Rideout finally fills in this void, illuminating one of the great, tragic adventure stories of the modern-day age. It's a fantastic read (David Grann New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of Z)

Deeply fascinating (Independent)

[Tanis Rideout] keeps us on tenterhooks . . . and leaves us intrigued by unanswered questions about [Mallory's] last attempt on Everest (The Press)

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Above All Things is a heart-wrenchingly romantic historical novel by Tanis Rideout, based on British mountaineer George Mallory's fatal attempt to climb Everest, and his wife Ruth, who is left at home, waiting for him to return to her.



In the Himalayas two climbers strike out for the summit of the Earth's highest mountain - aiming to be the first to the top, and reclaim a little of Britain's lost glory.



In Cambridge, a wife collects the milk, gets three children out of bed and waits for a letter, a telegram - for news of her husband.



It is 1924 and after months of setbacks and failures, George Mallory and Andrew "Sandy" Irvine are attempting to be the first to conquer Everest. Alone on the mountain they struggle against inhuman cold, violent winds, thin air - but climbing, putting one foot falteringly after another, they reach for the cloud-shrouded peak.



At home Ruth Mallory goes about her day; visiting friends and comforting children she longs for news of George. She considers her marriage - the passion, the fights, the bitter absences, the loving reunions, all the snatched moments during the war and between expeditions. . She hides her doubts and the uncertainty about the future with or - god forbid - without him.



A powerful, moving story of a husband driven to extraordinary lengths by his ambition and a wife terrified she will lose him to a cruel and pitiless rival, Above All Things is a timeless story of one of the great tragedies - and love stories - of the last century.



'Above All Things has it all: adventure, tragedy, mystery, and a deeply moving love story. It's gorgeously written and beautifully paced. I could not put it down. Prepare to be dazzled' Alison Pick, author of Far to Go



'A love story, a tale of adventure, and a study in obsession all at once, Above All Things is simply breathtaking. With Tanis Rideout's debut, a major new voice in Canadian fiction arrives' Joseph Boyden, author of Through Black Spruce



'Timeless romance, an unflinching love story that touches the very core of the human condition. Rideout leaves readers holding the book close to their chest, knowing that the purpose of life, above all else, is love' Telegraph



'A must-read for Everest buffs with a sensitive side, and for those who want to understand the anatomy of climbing accidents. It is also the perfect summer read for anyone lured by the romance of adventure, as the story goes well beyond the vast summit of Everest into much trickier terrain: the unmapped topography of the heart' Globe and Mail



Tanis Rideout's work has appeared in numerous publications and been shortlisted for several prizes, including the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award for Emerging Writers and the CBC Literary Award. In 2006, she was named the Poet Laureate for Lake Ontario by the environmental advocacy group Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and joined Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip on a tour to promote environmental justice on the lake. Born in Belgium, Tanis grew up in Bermuda and in Kingston, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto. She recently received her MFA from the University of Guelph-Humber. Above All Things is her first novel. www.tanisrideout.com.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 874 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0771076355
  • Publisher: Penguin (6 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ADNP4NW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #188,163 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There Will Always Be Mountains 3 April 2013
By prisrob TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
At the outset I have to say I am an Everest aficionado. I read and see everything Everest, and read all the books many times. Mallory was and is a hero to many. This book of fiction is an homage to him in some ways. But, I must let you know at the start, that this is indeed a fictional account, and it does not follow the history we know. It takes great liberties to give George Mallory's wife, Ruth,a voice in the life of George and his last climb.

From all accounts, George and Ruth Mallory had a great love affair. Ruth understood his need to climb the mountain, the first two times. The third time, she was not happy, he had promised never to climb again. Their goodbyes were filled with love, but not as much understanding. After all, Ruth was left at home for months at a time to deal with daily life and their children. She became a single mother, not on her own terms.

This novel is told from Ruth's perspective, all in one day. Filled with flashbacks and with the words of George ad his colleagues as they readied for and started their climb. Remember this is 1924, and they were true adventureers in the world. This was a very big deal! Well written and often told in rich detail, this is an exceptional novel in many ways. However,the historical facts were not held, parts of the climb at odds, and this was a distraction. All in all, the novel held my attention.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Attraction of Everest 7 Mar 2013
By Susie B TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Canadian poet, Tanis Rideout's, first novel 'Above All Things' tells the story of George Mallory's final attempt to scale Mount Everest in 1924, and of Mallory's much-loved wife, Ruth, as she stays at home in Cambridge with their three children, anxiously awaiting what, she hopes, will be the news of her husband's success and of his triumphant return to his family. And, before I continue further, please rest assured that it really is not necessary to be passionately interested in mountaineering to enjoy this unusual and absorbing story.

In 1924, George Mallory and Andrew 'Sandy' Irvine, along with other members of the British Mount Everest Expedition, leave England on the 'SS California' and arrive in Bombay. They then undertake the journey from Darjeeling, northwards through the Mahabharat Range and into Tibet, a land of mysteries, monasteries and breathtaking views, before finally reaching the base of Everest. After two previous attempts and failures, and the loss of seven men during the last attempt to conquer Everest, Mallory feels driven to make this expedition a success whatever the cost. As the reader travels along with Mallory, Sandy and the team, as they endure the extreme weather and the punishing ascent (wearing thin socks, leather boots, cotton underwear and woollen jerseys) we become witnesses to both the physical and mental struggle involved in such a gruelling enterprise. The reader also becomes drawn into the mind of Mallory as he ruminates over his past, reminds himself of his hopes and dreams, and as he thinks of those who are waiting at home for him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected 25 April 2014
By Stracs VINE VOICE
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I have to say, I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as it is not my normal type of fare. However, it proved to be a gripping fictionalised account of George Mallory's third and final attempt to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Of course much has been written about these events before but this book is unique in that it is told from the point of view of George's wife. Everest is the third person in the Mallory marriage and this explores how Ruth copes with her husband's other passion.

George's exploration happened in the 1920's when transport and communication were still very slow. As the weeks went by, and the letters became fewer, we see Ruth live with the knowledge that her husband may already be victorious, or that he might have died on the mountain. She waited expectantly every day for the post and tried to live a normal life, but it was anything but normal. We follow her through this journey of her own, and you can feel the torment of this woman trying to remain optimistic as weeks and months go by. You can feel her pain when she knows the news cannot be good. Her pain when she finally receives the dreaded news is palpable, and very well created.

For a debut novel this is very impressive and I recommend it to all.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wishy washy 13 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Above All Things is a novel, set in the early 1920s, about a man, George, who wants to be the first to reach the top of Everest. Being an explorer doesn't go well with family life, George has a wife, Ruth, and three young children. Ruth cannot understand why George loves a mountain more than her and the children.

George spends many months away from his family and it is agony for Ruth to live without him. The book is made up of chapters that alternate focus between Ruth's life and then chapters that focus on George and his climbing. Personally, I preferred the chapters that were based around Ruth's life purely because I found it easier to relate to than mountaineering.

I found it very frustrating that Ruth wouldn't just wholeheartedly support her husband or that George wouldn't give up his dream of being the first to climb Everest and instead focus on the family he had created or decide that Everest was more important than his family and leave them to pursue a life without him. To me, both characters seemed very wishy washy.

I don't really know what the purpose of the story was other than perhaps being a reminder that not being fully committed to any one thing makes for a desperately boring life.

Overall the story was pretty miserable but well written.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Should have been so much better
Basic idea here is good. The person George Mallory is an interesting character and his attempt to climb Everest is fascinating and why I wanted to read this novel. Read more
Published 8 months ago by elsie purdon
3.0 out of 5 stars Heart breaking, treacherous and a bit slow.
Well written and informative.
I am not a mountain enthusiast but other reviews drew me to this book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by S. Lumley
2.0 out of 5 stars Chop out Ruth and it would be OK
This is part love story, part mountaineering historical novel, basically inspired by the letters between George Mallory and his wife. Read more
Published 13 months ago by R. P. Sedgwick
3.0 out of 5 stars "Tell me about this mountain that's stealing you away from me"
It's 1924 and George Mallory is making his third attempt to reach the summit of Everest - if he succeeds, he will be the first man to climb the mountain, but he has failed twice... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Roman Clodia
2.0 out of 5 stars Fact to Fiction
A huge volume of literature has been spawned by the subject of mountaineering, and by Mount Everest and George Mallory in particular; and it is fair game to fictionalise... Read more
Published 15 months ago by D. Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing read
Engrossing from the start. I have read criticisms that the book takes liberties and is not factual enough, so you probably wouldn't want to read it if you want a factually... Read more
Published 17 months ago by antom
3.0 out of 5 stars The other person's view of the challenge of Everest
This novel is very different from the usual stories about Everest. The novel is about Malory's wife Ruth & how she copes with having to look after their family whilst her husband... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Delfhill
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I came across this by accident and thought it looked like an interesting story. And I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Doug Horley
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a page turner.
Very disjointed. Did not hold my attention. Definitely NOT a page turner. Disappointing. Will view samples before buying where possible in future.
Published 17 months ago by Staybright
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully written his­tor­i­cal fic­tion
Above All Things is a beautifully written piece of his­tor­i­cal fic­tion that examines the lives of obsessive mountaineer George Mallory and his wife Ruth, who is left behind in... Read more
Published 18 months ago by EA
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