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4.1 out of 5 stars
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4.1 out of 5 stars
K2: Triumph And Tragedy
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on 8 May 2016
This is ok. It's a story told second hand as the narrator really is just at the lower camps and never attempts the summit. So its just him speculating on what happens and waiting around. The best bits are the tales at the end of the book from the climbers who tried to reach the top.
I am sure there are better K2 books than this.
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on 17 September 2008
I have read a Polish translation of the book, but I seriously consider reading the original (if the book would only be available on Amazon).

It is a book about a series of tragic events, which happen on K2 in 1986 but also about quite a few spectacular successes. The book is long, detailed and well documented. It is also a book about 80s, the decade when the world's highest peeks became domain of relatively broad group of dedicated mountaineers. Amateur climbers relaying on guides were not there at that time.

Jim Curran narrative is very personal and I consider it a big advantage. After all Mr Curran as a photographer with no climbing ambitions on K2 had an excellent perspective, which Jon Krakauer clearly lacked while writing "Into Thin Air".
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on 25 May 2014
Curran does not hold back and sets out the bare facts without judgement. Refreshingly honest and thought provoking though quite heartbreaking at times. Curran pieces together the events that led to the worst season on k2 and dismantles some of the more melodramatic conclusions drawn by the worlds media.
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on 19 June 2015
This tells warts and all giving consideration to reasons and feelings of pure endeavour challenging fortitude what if could always be considered but this is told how it is. Brill
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on 12 May 2015
puts whether it's all worth the reward into perspective and the end result of pushing those goals to show how in the end it's a selfish achievement
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on 17 March 2015
Was ok
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on 15 October 2013
This is one of my favourite books well written and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in climbing
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