November 28, 2009

Higher than the Eagle Soars, by Stephen Venables

Oh man. First I hemmed and hawed over whether or not I even wanted to read this book (which was free), and then I took forever reading it, and then I took my sweet time writing about it. This was a slow book.

I've always been attracted to stories about climbing Mt. Everest, but my hesitation with this book was that it seemed to be more a memoir of this man's life than anything. There were certainly stories about mountain climbing in it, and a tale of Everest as the climax, but there were also stories of his education and love life as well. I liked hearing about this posh Oxford boy becoming an experienced mountaineer, but for thrilling climbs, I'd be better off rereading Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air.


tish said...

hi Lydia,

i'm a friend of Brie & Sean ::::

i enjoyed Into Thin Air as well - i like to read it every couple of years. you've reminded me! so good.

i like your blog!

Lydia said...

Thanks for reading Tish! Isn't it such a good book? I was looking at it in a store yesterday and wondering if I shouldn't buy it again. I've also wanted to see the IMAX film made at the same time again ever since the one time I saw it ten years ago.