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Interesting, but lacking something
on 20 March 2011
And that something is the immediacy that stems from the writer being a participant in or an eyewitness to the events described. This lack could have been made good by including a bit more background to the story. Who were these people, and why were they there? We are told a little, but not enough. Bowley has done his best, but by his own admission he is not a mountaineer, and only became interested in mountaineering through his job as a journalist. So although the book is thoroughly researched, being based on countless interviews with survivors, and describes momentous events and extraordianry people, it doesn't quite hit the spot when compared with, for example, Into Thin Air or Touching the Void.