᠔ Find וֹ Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest ᠯ By Wade Davis ᢒ

᠔ Find וֹ Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest ᠯ By Wade Davis ᢒ Best Books of the Month, October 2011 Its tempting to call Wade Daviss magnificent Into the Silence an Everest of a book But that would be misleading It is like K2 challenging, technically complex, and hugely rewarding upon completion The book starts off not with mountaineering, but with vivid, novelistic descriptions of the horrors of the First World War Years of waste and destruction in the trenches, Davis argues, led a desperate nation to embrace the assault on Everest as a gesture of imperial redemption Those who endured attempts on the summit all bore the scars of the Great Warand they were drawn to the mountain by an almost contradictory desire for conquest and spiritual ablution At the center of it all is Mallory, whose eventual disappearance effectively closed that chapter in mountaineering His utterance because its there became a new war cry, but he climbed for deeper reasons entirely Chris SchluepWINNER2012 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non FictionFINALIST 2012 CBA Libris Award for Non Fiction Book of the YearFINALIST 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non FictionFINALIST 2012 Governor Generals Literary Award for Non FictionFINALIST 2012 Banff Mountain Book Competition for Mountain Wilderness LiteratureThe best new book I ve read in which the War figures hugely is by Wade Davis and it s called Into the Silence I don t think I ve read anything that has shocked me as much as these accounts did Written with an extraordinary kind of address and a feel for its barbarity that is really hair raising.Andrew Motion, The Guardian podcast Into the Silence is a breathtaking triumph An astonishing piece of research, it is also intensely moving, evoking the courage, chivalry and sacrifice that drove Mallory and his companions through the war and to ever greater heights.William Shawcross Into the Silence is utterly fascinating, and grippingly well written With extraordinary skill Wade Davis manages to weave together such disparate strands as Queen Victoria s Indian Raj, the Great Game of intrigue against Russia, the horrors of the Somme, and Britain s obsession to conquer the world s highest peak, all linking to that terrible moment atop Everest when Mallory fell to his death The mystery of whether he and Irving ever reached the summit remains tantalizingly unsolved Into the Silence deserves to be an instant bestseller.Alistair HorneThe meticulously researched and definitive account of a legend Fascinating and immensely enjoyable.Leo HouldingThe First World War, the worst calamity humanity has ever inflicted on itself, still reverberates in our lives In its immediate aftermath, a few young men who had fought in it went looking for a healing challenge, and found it far from the Western Front Inrecreating their astonishing adventure, Wade Davis has given us an elegant meditation on the courage to carry on.George F WillWade Davis mesmerizing telling of Mallory s fabled story gives new and revealing weight to the significance of its post war era and to Mallory s dazzlingly accomplished and courageous companions Into the Silence succeeds not only because Davis research was prodigious, but because every sentence has been struck with conviction, every image evoked with fierce reverence for the heartbreaking twilight era, for the magnificent resilience of its survivors, for their mission, for Mallory, for his mountain An epic worthy of its epic.Caroline Alexander, author of The Endurance and The War That Killed AchillesI was captivated They were a gilded generation and for me the nineteen twenties and thirties were the golden age of mountaineering Wade Davis has penned an exceptional book on an extraordinary generation They do not make them like that any And there would always only ever be one Mallory From the pathos of the trenches to the inevitable tragedies high on Everest this is a book deserving of awards Monumental in its scope and conception it nevertheless remains hypnotically fascinating throughout A wonderful story tinged with sadness Joe Simpson, author of Touching the Void Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

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  • 368
  • Hardcover
  • Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

  • Wade Davis
  • English
  • 12 November 2018
  • 690 pages

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