Climbers: A Novel Paperback – 4 Nov 2004
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M. John Harrison has abjured the high-pitched melodramatics of TOUCHING THE VOID for a microscopically observed novel about a group of climbers... descriptions of the various climbs are painstaking and suspenseful, and Harrison has a sharp ear for dialogue. But most impressive is his acute sense of place... the raw beauty of the Pennines. (Sinclair McKay The Daily Telegraph)
'Stunning.... Harrison makes an intensely poetic and evocative brew of the interstices between sport, passion and obsession. Moments of exquisite surreality rub against others in which you can smell the soil and stone'. (The Times)
The only novel ever to win the Boardman Tasker Prize: 'Sheer brilliance' - Iain M. BanksSee all Product Description
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Harrison is more known for his fantasy and science fiction; this book brings the same cool detachment and eye for detail to a more mundane milieu and works just as well as his more fantastic work. A compelling and powerful novel.
The book is narrated by "Mike" who shares much in common with the author M John Harrison; a fell runner and keen climber. Quite deliberately, as the various sections accumulate we're presented with an accurate description of the 'respectable' fringes of British society in the mid 1980s. Hence my 5-star rating - you can read this as a description of climbers and their adventures, or as a brilliant social novel.
Harrison's descriptions and dialogue are excellent, some of the characterisations are near perfect, and it's only the somewhat random and chaotic structure of this novel that grates.
At times brilliant and inspiring, sometimes dark and disturbing and always entertaining, "Climbers" is a brilliant work of art. Buy it and cherish it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every bit as weird and difficult as all of his novels. But with less narrative interest than usual, which is really saying something!Published 21 months ago by Mr. M. R. Leese
I recently re-read this for the third or forth time. Despite having a copy of it already I found this edition irresistible when I spotted it in the library; choosing to offer it a... Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
I'd devoured (and loved) Harrison's Kefahuchi Tract trilogy, so was keen to get hold of his self-proclaimed 'best novel'. It isn't. Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2013 by Robert S. Pearson
I think he enjoyed it though not as much about climbing as I`d hoped from the review I had read.Published on 15 Jun. 2013 by wpb
Interesting and very graphically written written. Place descriptions very evocative and the characters seem like real people. I enjoyed it.Published on 13 Jun. 2013 by Rose