I'm glad I read this book as the stories about various climbing trips on the Eiger are amazing and at times this book is riveting. Unfortunately, the good parts were thinly spread. I found it had two major faults that took away from enjoying it. Firstly, it appears that the book is either poorly written or poorly translated. Some phrases, perhaps common in German, don't work for an English reader. The other is that this is very much a book of its time. The author constantly diverges from story telling to defend climbers from critics of the time. Imagine listening to one side of an argument and you can understand why this makes for tedious reading. Because of these flaws, I would rate this book as ok to my fellow climbing friends and probably not recommend it to non-climbers.
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