Top positive review
on 8 May 2017
It is essential to read this alongside, or before, or after, Jon Krakauer's book, to give a broader picture of the events of 1996 (although I have learnt most about the mistakes made from Kasischke's 'After the Wind'); there is a prolonged effort to answer Krakauer's criticisms, and fair enough, I would if I thought I had a legitimate beef, and if all the slanging leaves you cold, you don't have to read it. The meat of the book is about Boukreev and his experiences of 1996, and it's fascinating and well-written, although a little disconcerting to read his thoughts transcribed in more effective English, and then to come upon his true voice, where his English is less able (but a great deal better than most people's Russian!). There are more than one side to most coins, and it would be unfortunate to assume that any one account of that fateful year is the entire story, so this is essential reading alongside Krakauer (and others). The one bit that didn't illuminate much for me was the transcription of the participants' post-mortem; I found that a bit long-winded.