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No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 par [Bowley, Graham]
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Revue de presse

“Bowley relies on a copious study of the events and interviews with survivors and families to artfully and assiduously piece together an account of a fractious day in brutal real time. Fatality by fatality.” (Holly Morris, New York Times Book Review)

“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. . . . [A] step-by-faltering-step recreation of the thin-air fight to survive, bristling with cinematic immediacy.” (Justin Marozzi, Financial Times)

“Harrowing.” (Jan Gardner, Boston Globe)

“An astonishingly dramatic and sad tale of disaster on K2. Bowley expertly puts together the complex story of what happened as eleven people died high on the summit slopes of K2 in August 2008.” (Joe Simpson, author of Touching the Void)

“Brisk and engrossing. . . . Mr. Bowley reveals a deep sympathy for his characters and their quest. . . . Entertaining.” (Michael J. Ybarra, Wall Street Journal)

“[A] fascinating tour de force…. Bowley wove his tale together after hundreds of interviews with dozens of people, and the result is a triumph of storytelling.” (Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press)

“A compelling narrative from interviews with most of the survivors. . . . The most complete report of the tragedy to date.” (Grayson Schaffer, Outside magazine)

“Harrowing. . . . Bowley is an intrepid journalist and gifted storyteller. . . . Thrilling and wrenching. (Kirkus Reviews)

“Bowley takes readers right onto the mountain…. As avalanches shear away ropes, darkness falls and rescue attempts succeed and fail, the book becomes impossible to put down….. The vivid story will captivate readers. No Way Down doesn’t just tell a harrowing adventure story-it will also make you think.” (BookPage)

“Both a gripping read and a clear-eyed investigation, No Way Down provides a compelling education in the game of climbing on the world’s highest mountains to readers who have never tied into a rope, and is an essential addition to any mountaineer’s bookshelf.” (Michael Kodas, author of High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed)

“A page-turning, utterly fresh take on the mountaineering experience, an Into Thin Air for a new century.” (Doug Stanton, author of Horse Soldiers)

“The most comprehensive account of the mystifying chain of events leading to the catastrophe that we shall ever have. It’s a gripping story, full of hope and heartbreak, folly and heroism.” (David Roberts, co-author with Ed Viesturs of K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain)

“Graham Bowley’s No Way Down does a great job of putting you on the mountain. It is a refreshingly unadorned account of the true brutality of climbing K2, where heroes emerge and egos are stripped down, and the only thing achieving immortality is the cold ruthless mountain.” (Norman Ollestad, author of Crazy for the Storm)

“A fascinating account that does justice to the history, allure and heartache of K2.” (Kurt Diemberger, author of The Endless Knot)

“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, Explorer and Author)

“Through dogged reporting and vivid storytelling, Graham Bowley reconstructs K2’s 2008 climbing season, one of the most disastrous in history. 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)

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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bon roman, bien documenté en complément de la vidéo the summit vous saurez presque tout de cette tragédie du 01/08/2008
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Good, Yet Western Approach 10 octobre 2012
Par Solowe - Publié sur
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No Way Down by Graham Bowley is a good book concerning the 2008 K2 Tragedy. I have read every book and account concerning this incident and feel this one deserves 4 out of 5 stars. After a brief chapter of trekking to Base Camp, we jump right into Camp IV and summit day. I'm not sure the reader is able to comprehend all of the emotions that assisted in creating the `summit fever' without understanding just how long most of the teams had been waiting for the summit attempt. In addition to the 2008 summit, there are a good number of previous and more historical ascents documented as well, especially concerning Art Gilkey that lead to the Gilkey Memorial. I do commend Bowley on his research into avalanches and seracs and his explanation of these items right when they need to be mentioned. There is a great epilogue that details the author's adventures travelling to interview as many of the survivors and family of the deceased. Bowley's own opinion into the conflicting, if not controversial accounts concerning the final moments of Gerard McDonnell are well documented and almost convince me. The only thing that is missing is (all of) the Sherpa's stories. Reading One Mountain Thousand Summits or Buried in the Sky tells more of their story and doesn't have the Western approach only. I would recommend this book in addition to the previous mentioned to really grasp this tragedy.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Short and sweet...but wish it was long and rich, frankly 23 septembre 2012
Par Stantz - Publié sur
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No question you'll finish this book in a plane ride. The story is gripping and told with the velocity of a pulp fiction adventure story, and the "I can't believe this actually happened" factor will propel you right to the end. The author does a great job of organizing facts for an event he wasn't on site to experience (a critique I've noticed from others who prefer a Krakauerian perspective), and for the minimal time it takes to read, it's worth the effort.

That said, there is something really, really light about this book. I was absolutely surprised at how little of it is devoted to either the history of K2 or an analysis of the actual events, really anything that would give this book some girth. As it is, it's bare bones. Maybe it does take the perspective of an actual climber like Krakauer to make this sort of thing feel personal or real, or to give it some context. As it is, it almost feels like one of those "An Oral History of..." magazine articles, where everyone from a particular event is interviewed, and then their quotes are put in chronological order, with little more added. It's interesting, but it's also...flat, in a way.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that this book doesn't stick with you. You'll read it, be enthralled for a couple hours by the "oh my god, how can this get worse" factor...and then it ends abruptly, and that was that.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Human weakness and strength 9 octobre 2010
Par Claes - Publié sur
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Graham Bowley manages to put you 'on the scene'. Even a reader with no particular interest in climbing will be fascinated by the extraordinary attraction that mighty mountains can have on some people and of the human side of the dramatic events that took place on K2 August 2008. These are the two main achievements by the the author who remarkably does not have a background in mountaineering. Fortunately Bowley has researched the events behind the book well and he writes superbly.

You meet a number of individuals most of them passionate about advanced mountain climbing. The Sherpas climb and carry
to make a living.
The agreed plan to coordinate the climb among the various teams soon falls apart as several of
the climbers seem to loose their judgement climbing towards the peak. The concern about your fellow climbers melts away, among some climbers, into thin air in the demanding climb towards the top of K2. An example:In spite of all planning several climbers keep going although they know that they will arrive late in the day and that climbing down the mountain in darkness will be seriously dangerous. This will expose them, their teams and probably other climbers to life threatening danger. This is proof of some climbers' mindboggling passion for the ultimate climb.
Descending the mountain proves to be a disaster for several climbers. The story shines a clear light on the individual
climbers and their personalities and their (in some cases) extraordinary behaviour. Some acts of true heroism are
simply remarkable.
Bowley makes no strong judgement calls but leaves that to the reader. As a non mountain climber you may get the impression that some of the deaths could, perhaps, have been avoided. But then only those who survived would know.
This book is on par with 'Into thin Air'.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Culture and Adventure 29 janvier 2014
Par D. Laffey - Publié sur
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The added bonus of this book is that the lifestyle and beliefs of the Sherpas and HAPs are explained as their stories and motivation are explored. This add another element to the already fascinating and horrifying story. With K2 explained from the viewpoint of the Sherpas (or Bhotes) who are climbing it, the mountain takes on a more forbidding aspect and effectively is personalised into a villain of sorts. While logically this is nonsense it does add a lot to the narrative in my opinion.

Another benefit of this is that there is very little floral language employed and the facts are clear throughout. The level of research is superb and offers the clearest understanding of this tragedy that I have come across so far. This research is explained in various footnotes and references but in no way detracts from the narrative of the story.

Superb book.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 couldn't put down No Way Down 1 décembre 2013
Par Alice - Publié sur
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This is the terrifying and tragic story of a perfect day to climb K2 gone wrong. As conditions on the mountain become dangerous, a large contingent of experienced climbers allow 'group mentality' to kick in, resulting in a treacherous series of killer avalanches taking the lives of many climbers, including their sherpas, at random. Add to the mix a dose of truly courageous acts of heroism and some good old fashioned luck, and you've got a gripping and totally readable account of the 2008 K2 disaster.
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