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Quite the most inspiring book!
on 18 August 2005
This is a truly inspiring book!
It is not just a book about "the man that cut his arm off", it's a book about life, friends, family, the wilderness, adventure, climbing, snow sports, biology, disability, spirituality, and the media's reaction to one man's experience.
Aaron's reflections on his life as he experienced them over his time in the canyon works very well as a narrative device to keep the tension whilst exploring his thoughts. His exit from the boulder, despite being built-up for so long, is not a disappointment and will have you crying out-loud in anguish!
Like many adventure disaster stories, Aaron's experience can be seen as bad planning - he went out on his own in the middle of nowhere an left no useful record of his intentions. Unlike many such works, he accepts this fact from the beginning and explores the implications throughout the book. He has an endearing ability to simply recount events, thoughts and emotions, inspiring the reader to ponder the implications.
Throughout the book the way aaron's brain works is quite amazing. His ability to reason through his predicament and tirelessly work through problems is truly fascinating.
What was unexpected for me (and, I think, for Aaron) are the spiritual experiences that add so much to the tale.
Everyone should read this book!