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A well told tale.,
This review is from: The Flame Of Adventure (Paperback)
Simon Yates writes in a simple and highly effective fashion and this style is one of the key strengths of this book. Many other climbing and mountaineering books rely on the presence of huge unclimbed rock faces, surprise survival or tragic death to keep in the reader involved. In this book this is not the case, here the reader is engaged through more subtle means. While it is true Yates travels of some far flung and exotic locations, the amount of actual climbing success that he achieves is limited. But he still manages to tell an entertaining tale which is peopled with many characters, some well know, other obscure. As an example of this , he hitches a lift from Western Australia to Victoria in the south east of the country, this is vaguely similar to hitching from London to Turkey in one go! On the way the driver has to resort to narcotic assistance to stay awake - and you get the feeling that the author was more stressed by this than by his wildest adventures in the mountains.
As in "Against the Wall" the final section of the book is more introspective than the preceding sections of the book. Here the author struggles to understand both his own motivation and the attitude of people around him. The waste produced on building sites and the single minded passion with which people pursue money stick him as no less outlandish than his own desire to climb and have "adventures".
This is a simple, but clearly not simple minded book that I really enjoyed.