5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A fascinating insight into an almost forgotten journey,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Mystery of Mallory and Irvine (Pimlico) (Paperback)
I am the first to admit that, apart from remembering their names from some story in a schoolbook, I knew very little about George Mallory or Andrew Irvine. This book was chosen because I thought it would be an interesting read during my lunch hours. It has proved to be a fascinating tale of the bravery of two individuals who, in their time, pushed the limits of human endurance. The dry start to the book is worth persevering with, because once the actual expeditions are described it gives a great insight into the minds of those pioneers of climbing, and the barriers, both physical and political, that they had to overcome. This was read prior to the discovery of Mallorys body, and all the speculation that has produced, but I, for one wished at the end that there was some proof they had made it. A great read for anyone interested in the pioneering spirit that seemed so common (Scott, Schackleton etc) in the early twentieth century.