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Revue de presse

"A brilliant, vivd, gripping, heart-stopping account of their terrifying adventure... Superbly written" (Sunday Express)

"One of the absolute classics of mountaineering...a document of psychological, even philosophical witness of the rarest compulsion" (George Steiner Sunday Times)

"On every level it is an outstanding literary achievement" (Independent)

"A quite extraordinary and moving book...Touching the Void touches the Great Questions in an understated yet utterly compelling way" (Guardian)

"A truly astonishing account of suffering and fortitude...the narrative acquires an irresistible force, carrying all before it" (Sunday Times)

Présentation de l'éditeur

The book behind the BAFTA award-winning film.

Winner of the NCR Award for non-fiction and the Boardman Tasker award.

Touching the Void is the heart-stopping account of Joe Simpson's terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. He and his climbing partner, Simon, reached the the summit of the remote Siula Grande in June 1995. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that that Joe was dead.

What happened to Joe, and how the pair dealt with the psychological traumas that resulted when Simon was forced into the appalling decision to cut the rope, makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.

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  • Broché: 224 pages
  • Editeur : Vintage; Édition : New Ed (1 janvier 1998)
  • Collection : Roman
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0099771012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099771012
  • Dimensions du produit: 12,9 x 1,6 x 19,8 cm
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If this was a fiction book, nobody would believe it. It's too far fetched. It was the winner of the 1988 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature and was subsequently made into a movie in 2003. Simpson tells the story with the perspective from Simon Yates in the key sections.

Joe Simpson and Simon Yates make the first ascent of the west face of Siula Grande (6344m) in Peru in 1985. The descent is extremely dangerous and disaster strikes when Joe falls on the ridge and breaks his right leg. "I felt a shattering blow in my knee, felt bones splitting, and screamed." When Simon got to Joe, he thought, "You're fucked matey. You're dead."

Simon is roped to Joe and lowers him down, rope length by rope length. Disaster strikes again when Joe falls over a cliff and dangles in the air. Simon held Joe for an hour, but was starting to slip off. Joe: "I was pulling him off. I hung still, and waited for it to happen. Any minute, any minute ." Simon cut the rope, dropping Simpson into a crevasse.

Yates believed Simpson was dead, but in fact he had survived the fall. He miraculously crawled out of the crevasse, but was still over 8km from base camp. He spend the next three days crawling down the glacier and moraine days, without food and only splashes of water from melting ice. Almost completely delusional, he reached base camp a few hours before Yates intended to leave the camp to return to civilization.
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Not easy to read. Lots of technical terms of climbing. But some good emotions in the telling of the story of one climber experience.
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superbe et émouvante histoire raconté avec beaucoup d'humilité. Je recommande Touching the void au passionné de montagne. A lire absolument.
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Super récit, on s'y croirait, un peu raide en langue anglaise mais avec un dico et le net , ça passe
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Par Lawyeraau - Publié sur
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An amazing tale of courage, fortitude, and a desire to live, despite dire circumstances. The author, Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, ascend a perilous section of the Peruvian Andes. Near the summit, tragedy strikes when Joe, up over 19,000 feet, falls and hits a slope at the base of a cliff, breaking his right leg, rupturing his right knee, and shattering his right heel. Beneath him is a seemingly endless fall to the bottom. Simon reaches him but knows that the chances for Joe to get off the mountain are virtually non-existent. Yet, they fashion a daring plan to to do just that.

For the next few hours, through a snow storm, they work in tandem, and manage a risky, yet effective way of trying to lower Joe down the mountain. About three thousand feet down, Joe who is still roped to Simon, drops off an edge, and finds himself now free hanging in space six feet away from an ice wall, unable to reach it with his axe. The edge is over hung about fifteen feet above him. The dark outline of a crevasse lies about a hundred feet directly below him.

Joe couldn't get up, and Simon couldn't get down. In fact, Joe's weight began to pull Simon off the mountain. So, Simon was finally forced to do the only thing he could do under the circumstances. He cut the rope, believing that he was consigning his friend to certain death. Therein lies the tale.

What happens next is sure to make one believe in miracles.
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The Odyssey of Joe Simpson 30 juin 2001
Par sweetmolly - Publié sur
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This is not primarily an adventure story about climbing. It is an account of one man, not just facing the abyss but being in the abyss and having his very being stripped to a raw struggle, not to survive but to want to survive.
Simpson and a climbing partner in an excess of youthful bravado planned a new route up a monster Andean peak in Peru. The area was remote and civilization was somewhere else. After an arduous ascent, Simpson fell and broke his leg while descending. The reader gradually realizes what a chilling horror has befallen the pair. They have no possibility of rescue; the mountain was almost unclimbable for two superb athletes with two good legs. How can they possibly get down when one of them is unable to walk?
Partner, Simon Yates, ropes Simpson to himself and tries to guide Simpson down who is forced to crawl, slide, and inch himself forward. Then Simpson goes over the edge of a cornice and is dangling with only the rope holding him over the void. Yates heroically digs in, but gradually he himself is being inexorably drawn to the chasm. He finally, with shuddering reluctance, cuts the rope, and Simpson falls many feet into a crevasse.
The rest of the book is Simpson's six-day excruciating journey down the mountain: his thoughts, hallucinations and agony. Simpson is a powerful writer without a trace of self-pity. He doesn't try to impress us with his stoicism - far from it, at times he is almost mad with fright. There is nothing lurid here; the book is exhausting, but thought provoking. You won't forget it easily, and you cannot help but wonder what it is like beyond the edge and into the maelstrom.
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Words cannot express... 19 mars 2007
Par Jason M. - Publié sur
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`Touching the Void' is the story of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates who climbed the West Face of Siula Grande, a mountain in the Peruvian Andes. After an accident Simpson has a broken leg and little chance of getting off the mountain alive. Yates lowers Simpson off the mountain quickly (as they do not have enough supplies to stay on the mountain) and unknowingly off a cliff face. Simpson cannot beck up the rope and Yates cannot pull him back up. Seconds before being pulled off the face of the cliff himself Yates cuts the rope and Simpson falls off the cliff and down the mountain. Yates, leaving the mountain the next morning, thinking Simpson dead, leaves Simpson to crawl off the mountain with his injuries.

In the best portions of the book you get both Yates's and Simpson's thoughts about the accident, where they were and what was happening step by step in the days following the accident. You feel the pain, guilt, fear, and panic in both parties and get the idea that something fantastic occurred on Siula Grande.

I say you get the feeling because in the poorer portions of the book you do not understand why one `crevasse' is worse than another, why a `pear shaped cornice' is a bad omen, why it is hard to place a `friend' in a secure position on the mountain, and why a `bollard' is dubious. In Simpson's words one portion of the mountain blends into the other and you have to be told this portion is scary, or that he is making progressing, rather than seeing why he is scared or how he is making progress.

Simpson admits as much in the Epilogue to the book when he says `I simply could not find the words to express the utter desolation of the experience' and to be fair Simpson was not an experienced writer at the time of this book (he has written six since then). However, you are certainly left wanting for a description you can understand, and emotion that stands out from the rest, and a story you can grasp on to instead of feeling that `you needed to be there'.
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A mountain tragedy with a difference..... 15 janvier 2000
Par Julian Fletcher - Publié sur
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A good many books and short stories have been written about mountaineering accidents and tragedies. Every bookshop worth its salt will have at least one or two to chose from, but if this one is on the shelf - get it! This is a tale which will grow on you as you turn each page, compelling you to read on and on to its breathtaking conclusion. Simpson nearly died the first time, but there was worse to come. The author has made no attempt to glorify the story, nor alter the facts to shed a kinder light on his own thoughts and words, or the actions of his partner. This book is not just an account of a human tragedy on a mountain; it is a journey into the depths of a man's soul. It is as much about philosophy as it is about mountaineering, but don't let that put you off - it's a real heart thumper!
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This is a griping story of survival and human endurance. 16 mai 1999
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How far can the human body be pushed before total collapse? What can the mind endure before succumbing to what seems like inevitable termination? Joe Simpson's tale of survival after what should have been a fatal mountaineering event begins to explore the limits of human capability. Readers in our book group felt the prose was not first rate but written well enough that few wanted to put the book down. This book is good enough to become canon in mountaineering literature. For those with no mountaineering experience, some of the climbing aspects and descriptions may be difficult to envision. Nonetheless it is an amazing story. Our group read this in conjunction with Caroline Alexander's book "The Endurance", another incredible story of survival against unbelievable odds. While Simpson's ordeal occurs over the span of a few days, the story of Shakleton's group living on the ice for nearly two years explores the other spectrum of what it takes to survive - the two stories seem to compliment each other in the scope of human endurance.
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