Left For Dead: My Journey Home from Everest Paperback – 1 Nov 2001
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An engaging memoir . . . Candid [and] moving . . . Weather s' upbeat attitude perhaps yields the biggest clue about how he got home from Everest (NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW)
* The extraordinary story of one of the survivors of the infamous 1996 Everest disaster
* Describes not only the author's indomitable will to live but also his determination to rebuild his life
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This is an important thing to realise about this book - most of it is not about the Everest expedition itself, and the majority is not about mountaineering at all.
This is a book outlining how a man (who regularly appears to be wilfully selfish) recovers from his injuries and regains contact with his family, who he had become isolated from, or possibly pushed away.
The book is structured so that each of the main characters in the story has their say in sections labelled with their name. This book does seem to be a very honest account of how driven a man can be by an obsession, and how his wife and family can suffer as a result. The authors wife, Peach, does not spare Weathers any blushes in her account of his behaviour.
Despite the fact that Weather claims that his experiences on Everest changed him for the better, he does not always come across well in this book. He describes a climber who died on Everest as "feckless" because he made a mistake that killed him. He describes another people climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro as "amateurs", when he is a member of group who have simply paid out big dollars for the experience.Read more ›
It also opened my eyes to the general relationship problems the mountaineers seem to have, they use the mountains as a means of escape.
It is an lonley and isolated tale... well worth a read
If you are interested in reading more about how the human soul can respond and grow despite and because of catastrophic disability, try 'Joni' by Joni Eareckson Tada (or anything else she has written).
This is a moving account of one mans attempt to conquer the highest mountain and also the deepest darkest recesses of his own mind.
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This book focuses on the aftermath of Beck himself and how he developed as a person post-Everest. The book is written from different friends/family and there input. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katie
Amazing, gripping, inspirational. Extraordinary tale of courage, endurance and, yes, selfishness. It took all this for Weathers to discover what he already had and took for... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Warren Goodge
Thoroughly enjoyed this read.I've read a few adventure boo kd and it was honest funny and humbling
It was great to get the family and friends perspective
Good book, but half way through I lost interest as it was more about his marriage problemsPublished 5 months ago by 2002geri
I've read most of the literature available about Everest in 1996 and I've found this book to be one of the better ones. It's well written, and a great read.Published 6 months ago by Belinda
Great to hear Becks version of evens and about how he came to terms with being a survivor.Published 6 months ago by GF