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This review is from: Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth (Kindle Edition)
This is about the psychological pressures faced by cave explorers. The book is only partially about cave exploration; a lot of the it focuses on the personalities that lead or organise the teams that explore caves and the problems that they must overcome.The book splits into two pieces; one piece is about an American expedition leader and the other is about a Ukranian leader. It seems that the author found it easier to write about the American leader; more than half the book is devoted to him and there seems much more background and detail about the expeditions led by him than by the Ukranian. It also seems like the American expeditions are naturally more dramatic; the Ukranian expeditions have fewer casualities and the organiser of them seems to be a much quieter person.
The book is a fun read, if a little breathlessly hyperbolic about the lifestyle of a cave explorer. The author writes in fine style and creates very well the feeling of claustrophobia and desperation that must be faced by the caving expedition teams. There's not a terribly deep moral to the stories in the book and there's not much to take away from the book in an intellectual sense, but the author created sufficient enthusiasm in me that I ended up looking at the autobiography of the American team leader. Inspiration to dig deeper (no pun intended) into the subject matter is an indicator of a good read, I think!