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No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 [Format Kindle]

Graham Bowley

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Riveting and powerful; an extraordinary story of an extraordinary tragedy. Reading No Way Down is the closest you can come to being on the summit of K2 on that fateful day (Sir Ranulph Fiennes )

A page-turning, utterly fresh take on the mountaineering experience, an Into Thin Air for a new century of adventurers, about a mountain even more treacherous than Everest (Doug Stanton, Author Of Horse Soldiers )

Unputdownable... a portrait of extreme courage, folly and loss, leavened by a small dose of survival' (Financial Times )

Artfully and assiduously pieces together an account of a fractious day in brutal real time. Fatality by fatality… devastating (New York Times )

A tour de force of a book...a triumph of storytelling (Associated Press )

I read this book in a single, sweaty-palmed sitting, and not because I intended to. I simply couldn't put it down. (Nick Heil, Author Of Dark Summit )

Brisk and engrossing... Bowley reveals a deep sympathy for his characters and their quest (Wall Street Journal )

Thrilling and wrenching (Kirkus Reviews )

Présentation de l'éditeur

No Way Down is the the gripping, terrifying story of a brutal struggle for survival on the upper slopes of the Himalayan K2, the world's most hostile terrain, by Graham Bowley.

K2, August 1st, 2008.

Thirty climbers are attempting the summit of the most savage mountain on Earth. They make it. But before they start their descent an ice shelf collapses, sweeping away their ropes. It is dark. Their lines are gone. They are low on oxygen. And it is getting very, very cold.

How many will make it down alive?

'A gripping hour-by-hour dissection of events in the Western Himalayas over three deadly days. A fitting shelfmate to the modern classic Into Thin Air. A cracking read' Sunday Times

'Stories of heroism, sadness and extraordinary endurance against all the odds [are] woven into a thrilling drama' Daily Mail

'Unputdownable. A portrait of extreme courage, folly and loss, leavened by a small dose of survival . . . as complete a version of the calamitous story as will probably ever emerge' Financial Times

'The best mountain-disaster memoir since Into Thin Air' Mail on Sunday

Graham Bowley was born in England in 1968. He is a reporter for the New York Times. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and their two daughters and son.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 262 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin (24 mars 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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43 internautes sur 44 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting but not comprehensive 17 juillet 2010
Par Steve Harrison - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is about the events of August 1-4, 2008 on K2. The author interviewed most or all of the other people on the mountain and produced this narrative by assembling and reconciling their accounts.

The story is told almost entirely through their eyes. The result is a interesting and absorbing book but not one that draws conclusions. For example, no one actually saw the icefall that caused the tragedy and so it is never really described; the reader is allowed to piece together what happened based on some basic information about ice formations and on what the witnesses did see or hear. And no blame is cast but those of us whose climbing experience consists of reading books about it are left to spot what seem to be common problems -- delays going up, weak individual climbers, questionably-set ropes.

The epilogue reveals that the author did ask his interviewees about blame, so perhaps they did not adequately agree or perhaps an editorial decision was made that that information did not fit this sort of point-of-view storytelling. The epilogue also frankly acknowledges that others have put the evidence together differently; their versions put some individuals in a better light but do not basically change what happened.

The book's scope is limited to what happened to certain people at a particular time near the top of the mountain. It is not for those more interested in a comprehensive review of what went before, or of what went wrong, or of K2 mountaineering in general.
28 internautes sur 31 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Chilling Reality 5 juillet 2010
Par Paul M. Provencher - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have always been fascinated by stories of mountain climbing. And I have always been afraid of falling from great heights. So for me a life that included technical climbing was never in the cards.

Notwithstanding, I enjoy a connection with the outdoors and love all seasons. I love the stark beauty of extreme weather and high places. This story teaches us a little about those people who are willing to chance their life to reach the worlds most extreme environments and extreme elevations. For me it is one of the only ways I will ever experience places like K2.

The story takes us through the final stages of ascent to the summit and return trip down. A number of individuals are described and their individual personalities are revealed, though at times it's a little difficult to keep them all straight.

But the account of the final climb to the summit was so compelling to me that I found it hard to put this book down. The author managed to make me feel cold, feel the fear of falling off the mountain. I could imagine the desolation, desperation and dispair that the people must have felt, and even the elation of achieving the goal of reaching the summit.

One thing this story made clear for me was that reaching the summit of a peak like K2 really is just one part of the whole picture. Getting back down in one piece is quite another. In this story we are taken into the expedition and learn in detail the many ways the return trip can go wrong in the blink of an eye.

As a result of reading this story I will never again see my own outdoor exploits as anything even remotely approaching the "extreme". An assault on K2 ranks right up there with trying to reach the moon.

I liked the author's self-revealing introduction where he admits his almost total lack of prior experience with the world of mountain climbing, and at the end of the book the great detail he shares about how the book was written, based on interviews, historical and expedition accounts published by others. All this really helped put the account into perspective and enriches the basis of the story.

I would have liked to have seen some illustrations showing the layout of the landmarks in the story, and the routes taken by the climbing teams. Not familiar with K2 it was a little hard to put the proportion of the climb into perspective.

The part of the story before the teams reached the fourth camp is also a bit thin, leaving out perhaps a lot of mundane information, but I suspect that climbing up to the last camp was itself no easy feat and must have had some interesting elements to be told, for certainly many who reached the last camp did not attempt the summit.

Overall I found this a very satisfying read, even to the point of making me feel a little like wishing I was young enough to learn to climb, overcome my fears, and only then consider an expedition of a lifetime (literally) like this.
22 internautes sur 24 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Meh. 18 juin 2011
Par Just lookin' - Publié sur Amazon.com
I have read just about every book in the "mountain disaster" genre.

Here are my problems with this book:

* The quality of the writing is poor.

* The author launches right in to the climb itself with almost no preliminaries about the personalities involved in the tragedy, their character strengths, weaknesses, quirks, motivations, histories, ties, rivalries. So, I did not feel invested in the characters, or "pulled in" the way I have been by other books.

* The author admits he had no prior interest in mountaineering, and it really shows. His lack of *expertise* does not bother me so much as his almost total nonchalance! He writes as if he wanted to just dive into this story and get it overwith and off his back as soon as possible.

I bumped this book from one stars up to two, based on the fact that the reporting seems to be unbiased. Good journalistic integrity.

But don't spend your money on this one, when there are so many fantastic alternatives for your reading pleasure! Here are just a few of the best:

Savage Summit (also about k2)
Touching the Void
Eiger Dreams
Annapurna - A Woman's Place
No Shortcuts to the Top
The Climb
14 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Another and better perspective . 17 août 2010
Par Gerald R. Adams - Publié sur Amazon.com
Everyone who found "No Way Down" interesting should also read "One Mountain Thousand Summits " by Freddie Wilkinson for further insight into the events at K2 in August 2008 . While Graham Bowley's "No Way Down" contains a very helpful chronology and is an admirable attempt at presenting a balanced view of the participants ,his obvious ignorance of climbing simply hampered his ability to tell the whole story . Freddie Wilkinson is an experienced climber and because of that is much more able to understand and communicate the signifcance of the events and how Himalayan climbing has evolved to the point that a disaster like K2 in August 2008 could happen in the first place . That is why Jon Krakauer in "Into Thin Air" was able to interest the non-climbing public in a way non-climbing authors couldn't . I'm glad I read Mr. Bowley's book first but found that it left too many unanswered questions about too many things .
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Decent but not great 12 août 2010
Par Terry L - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a reasonably well-written, information-filled book. However, I have read other mountaineering related books that are better, such as "Into Thin Air".

There is really nothing wrong with the book, but I just didn't find it as good as other similar books. Also, while I hate to see anyone die, I find it hard to feel sympathy for some of these people who really shouldn't be on a mountain to begin with or who do things that aren't real smart while they are there.

If I had to pick just one mountain-disaster book, it would not be this one. However, if you want to learn what happened during this particular 2008 K2 disaster, this book is very good at describing the people and events that transpired. In fact, it is very, very good at giving the reader a picture of who did what and what happened when.

However, in the end, I think this is just an average book that I thought was informative but not really all that interesting.
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