Commentary On Into Thin Air By Jon Krakauer

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This term I read the book, Into Thin Air. This has always been a book that I was interested in but, until now, I never got a chance to read it. Mountaineering and climbing stories have always fascinated me with the heroism and all the strength it takes. Jon Krakauer is the author and he is also the main character. The book is about his account of the 1996 disaster on Mount Everest and it is non-fiction. The main thing that I took away from this book was to never climb Everest. Like seriously, you’ll die. Another thing I took away was the amazing heroism and strength that these climbers possessed. Before they reached the summit, the weather was very brutal and it would’ve kept them from reaching the top of the world, but then the weather cleared.…show more content…
A massive storm blew in, dropping the temperature to about one hundred below zero. Despite the cold, a lot of the climbers went on and that is just amazing to me. They had to chip away ice from their oxygen tanks, they had snow blasting them in the face at upwards of eighty miles per hour, and they had ice freezing their eyes shut. It was a miracle that anyone made it down at all. It had to have taken serious strength and determination to get down that mountain in those conditions. Sadly, many died including his guide, Rob Hall, on Everest that day. This book was really good and I would recommend it to anyone who is interesting in climbing stories, or anyone who really just wants a good story of strength and willpower. The book starts out slow for the first couple chapters, but if you can push past that, it is well worth it. I was also extremely impressed with the way this book was written. It was written in a such a way that I felt like I was on Everest experiencing it along with Krakauer. The level of detail and story telling that he put into his book is astonishing. He describes things so well, the good and the
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