This is a great work. Leaves you in awe of Jerzy. He is a pure mountaineer, untrapped by the modern fad and not the one in search of fame or glory. His love of the Himalaya shines through. The amount of untold suffering and privation that he underwent to summit the hardest and the highest peaks in the world. He is a heroic and doomed figure, like some norse god. As you read the book and go through the chapters and read him talk of his friends that died on the mountains, you realise that it is only a matter of time before he will meet the same fate. One thinks that maybe Anatoly Boukreev might have been something like him. The hardship that Jerzy had to undergo to even get to the peaks is amazing. He was unsparing on himself, braving all that the mountains had to throw at him. A great man.