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This review is from: The Flame of Adventure (Hardcover)
A book by the guy who cut Joe Simpson's rope! I missed his first book, 'Against the Wall' but I'll definitely be buying it because 'Flame of Adventure' was a gripping read. The mountaineering stories were varied and exciting, although I was amazed that Simon Yates chose to dedicate only about a paragraph to the famous events on Siula Grande when he cut the rope to which his climbing partner was attached. Maybe he felt his friend had said it all in 'Touching the Void'. I enjoyed Simon Yates' thoughts on political situations he learned about through travelling and learning about his feelings on third world countries and the situations their people find themselves in. It was also interesting to read about the Russian climbing philosophies and comparisons between the contrasts in climbing and societies and the relationships between them. The main thing I dislike about Simon Yates' style is he seems very detached from his experiences sometimes, almost cold. He tells a great story but he's no Jon Krakauer or Joe Simpson!