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4.6 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New edition edition (1 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099415240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099415244
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 3.2 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 751,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A story full of passion ... will keep you reading long after bedtime" (New Woman)

"Terrific stuff ... a real weepy" (The Times)

"Outstanding" (The Good Book Guide)

"A superb storyteller ... White is an epic mix of passion and drama" (Hampstead and Highgate Express) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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WHITE IS ONE OF FOURTEEN FANSTASTIC ROSIE THOMAS BESTSELLERS BEAUTIFULLY REPACKAGED IN ARROW BOOKS --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
The cover of this book gives a completely false impression and is obviously aimed at the "buy it for a holiday read" market. In fact the story works on many different levels. It is a tale of two loves ... life and the mountains. OK, there are a few cliches within but the plot twists and turns unexpectedly. It doesn't even end when you think that it should but the extra 60 pages tie up all the loose ends in a completely satisfying manner. It's a story of loves lost and found, an adventure that is terrifyingly real and a search for reasons to live. All of the three main characters are multi-layered and you can't help caring about what happens to them. This book will not disappoint you.
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Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book. It's nothing most of the popular fiction cluttering up the bookshops, but it's a perfect "curl up on a wet weekend" book. Rosie Thomas tells the story of a woman, Finch, and the two men she becomes involved with when she signs up to work as the doctor on a commercial expedition to climb Everest. One of the men, Sam, falls in love with her. Son of a keen climber, he's loathed the mountains all his life. The other, Al, is a man she fell in love with ten years before but he was married.
Very quickly, Rosie Thomas makes you care passionately about this love triangle. The expedition itself is only part of the book, but a very gripping part. You really go up the mountain with the characters, but for anyone who's worried that it sounds a bit sporty, don't be. Somehow Rosie Thomas makes the stunning beauty of Nepal as important as the adventure, and above all she makes the story of the three main characters what this book is really about. Each of them has their own demons to face - and does so.
It's a really wonderful read, quite unforgettable. I will be recommending it to everyone I know who likes an engrossing, well written novel.
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By A Customer on 26 May 2002
Format: Paperback
I loved four fifths of this book. The story is gripping - the details about the hardships of an attempt on Everest are mesmerising, and having read it I couldn't believe how anyone would willingly try it! But Rosie Thomas manages to convince us of the motivations driving the main characters. She writes with great style and pace, ripping the story along and providing just enough detail so you can see, hear, smell, taste and touch everything that's going on. But I felt that the last 60 pages were a major let down, literally an anticlimax, and found myself skimming through just to confirm that what I thought was going to happen would (it did). It really did feel like a big mistake in pacing to me, though I know other people have thought otherwise. But for everything up to that point, buy it - it's a gripping, well-told story.
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By A Customer on 1 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a fabulous story - I've read it twice and can't wait to read it again. She so obviously has a real knowledge of the bleakness, loneliness and terrifying hardship of mountaineering. Everyone should read this book - it says a great deal about a human being's ability to be self reliant as well as compassionate. Utterly compelling!
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Format: Paperback
I loved this book. Things didn't turn out the way I expected with Finch which made for a good story. The real fascination of this book for me, though, was the dramatic backdrop of Everest and the harsh realities of mountaineering. I was completely hooked from page 1.
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By A Customer on 22 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
very refreshing to read a fiction novel so detained, this authour definitly knows her stuff! completly enticing and guarenteed to keep you reading for hours. definitly worth the read.
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I have now read a few of Rosies books with each one truly unique. They are in depth and well researched. I learnt so much about how climbers acclimate while climbing Everest, don't misunderstand it was by no means boring with a great storyline with a few facts intertwined. I would truly recommend White and The Kashmir shawl. Fantastic books. Enjoy.
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Format: Paperback
This title was actually published in 2000 and it has been sitting on my bookshelf for awhile. I only decided to read it now because my copy has a pink cover, strange reason! The reason being that one of my Bookcrossing friends is doing a release challenge to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness month, October. So my copy will now be sent on to her in support.
I am not a great fan of soppy romance, which I thought this was going to be. It was far from that and I enjoyed it much more than I expected to.
Sam McGarth, Finch Buchanan and Al Hood are the protagonists, involved in a triangular relationship, past and present. It is this relationship that brings them together on an expedition to climb Everest.
I actually know very little about mountaineering so found the detail fascinating. I do find it difficult to understand why people want to push their body to its limits and beyond though. The experience of the climbers struggling to climb Everest in this story is horrendous. I was particularly interested though to read about Namche and the trek up to Everest Base Camp as I have a niece who as part of her travels is due to go there.
If you like a good romance with some drama thrown in, you cannot fail to enjoy this.
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