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4.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual/psychological analysis of extreme athletes.
Don't be deceived by the title. This book leaps beyond mere 'games' and instead zeroes in on a wide spectrum of outdoor adventurers. The author, Rob Schultheis, compares a wide spectrum of athletic psyches to himself, hoping to explain the lure to nature's most extreme challenges. His writing may stray from scientific methods, but his anecdotal and personal style...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title
A very, very disappointing book. The title was very misleading. I found the text to be a self indulgent review of one man's travels thirty years ago. The cross reference with research was limited, relying on anecdotal references which were out of context at best and totally irrelevant at worst. I really wish I had saved my money!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual/psychological analysis of extreme athletes., 17 Dec 1998
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This review is from: Bone Games: Extreme Sports, Shamanism, Zen and the Search for Transcendence (Paperback)
Don't be deceived by the title. This book leaps beyond mere 'games' and instead zeroes in on a wide spectrum of outdoor adventurers. The author, Rob Schultheis, compares a wide spectrum of athletic psyches to himself, hoping to explain the lure to nature's most extreme challenges. His writing may stray from scientific methods, but his anecdotal and personal style is engaging and often based in Eastern philosophies. Overall, a solid collection of musings in a topic rarely navigated, sprinkled with harrowing accounts of unbelievable triumphs and near-misses.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title, 18 Jun 2014
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A very, very disappointing book. The title was very misleading. I found the text to be a self indulgent review of one man's travels thirty years ago. The cross reference with research was limited, relying on anecdotal references which were out of context at best and totally irrelevant at worst. I really wish I had saved my money!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 4 Nov 2013
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A strange but fascinating book. It doesn't provide many answers to the questions raised by humans' abilities to achieve greatness under stress; but that, I'm sure, is the point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic for all lovers of the outdoors and endurance, 18 July 2013
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This is a genuine classic for the runner, hiker , climber or lover of the wild outdoors. In search of sartori, Schultheis takes himself, and us on a physical, mental and spiritual journey.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The search for the beyond, 10 Mar 2013
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One of those strange, enchanting books, part biography, part exploration of the extremes of the human body, mind and soul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars should be more well known, 13 Sep 2012
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How had I not heard of this author or book before?
Think of a book that combines elements of Touching The Void, Jon Krakauers Into The Wild and Eiger Dreams and Chris McDougalls Born To Run. But this was written before any of them, and adds in an extra dimension of a mystical search for 'something'.
A book I will read again.
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