The Beckoning Silence

The Beckoning Silence

By author: Joe Simpson
318 Pages, 978-0-89886-941-5
Mountaineers Books 05/21/2003
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* Simpson's best book since Touching the Void
* Short-listed for the 2002 Boardman-Tasker award, mountaineering's most prestigious literary award

The heart of The Beckoning Silence grows out of Simpson's discussion with fellow climber, Ray Delaney, about the final "tick list" climbs he must do before he can quit mountaineering for good. Through his account of the seductive attraction of the Eiger's North Face and its history, as well as his own attempt on it, Simpson reveals the inner truth of climbing, exploring the power of the mind and the frailty of the body.

Simpson wraps together a lifetime of mountaineering adventues and friendships, relating what he's learned from the challenges, personal tragedy and absurdities of the sport. Hysterically funny anecdotes; rants about perceived travesties, including the discovery of George Mallory's body; and a grippingly personal description of his reaction to the news of his mother's death add depth and complexity to this tale-telling book.

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