on 13 October 2000
While the cryptic allusive title disguises the content of this book - an account of the author's climbs of all the 4000m peaks of the Alps - it reflects his intensely aesthetic, ascetic, and somewhat idiosyncratic approach to alpine mountaineering. McLewin's writing is spare, direct, understated, and at times provocative. The book is superbly produced, the photographs being absolutely mouth-watering.
on 13 December 2006
Will McLewin writes well in an easy laconic manner. His stories of the ascents of the various 4000 m peaks are always interesting and to me as an amateur mountaineer, inspiring.
I think McLewin could have fleshed out a bit the discussion sections and amplified his views on such subjects as to why he climbed alone and always bivouaced rather than stay in huts as these brief asides are really excellent. I would also have liked to have known more of his background and motivation.
Good photos and amusing descriptions make this a must have for Alpine mountaineers.