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A seminal text-book,
By A Customer
This review is from: The White Spider: Story of the North Face of the Eiger (Paladin Books) (Paperback)
Definitely a classic, and at times moving and fascinating, but I would say this is more a book for the climber or the obsessed armchair mountaineer than for your average reader who's just read a couple of mountaineering books. Harrer is a bit of an old romantic, and you can't help sensing a touch of homo-eroticism in his accounts of fine men doing fine things in the perfect harmony of the rope. It's all very old-fashioned (particularly the almost comical attitude to women). After a while it becomes a bit of a catalogue of ascents, but you certainly feel like you know the mountain by the end. It certainly inspired me to look for other accounts of climbing the North Face of the Eiger (a good one can be found in Dougal Haston's "In High Places".)
A plea to whoever is putting the next edition together: please get someone good to re-translate it: some of the phrases really grate.