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A glimpse of life hanging on the edge,
This review is from: Climbers: A Novel (Paperback)
I knew M John Harrison as a science fiction writer so was intrigued to come across this as I'm a bit of an armchair climber.
Climbers is fantastically well written and as the title suggests focuses as much on the climbers themselves as the act of climbing. Though the sections which describes the climbs are gripping.
There is no plot as such, just a description of a year in the life of a group of male climbers in the north of England with some insights into why they do what they do. Harrison was a climber, and his real experience give the book it strength.
Why only 4 stars? Perhaps because the lack of plot means it seems to peter out a bit at the end rather than come to a climax. But I'd heartily recommends this a s a good read.