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Touching the Void

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Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes when disaster struck. Simpson plunged off the vertical face of an ice ledge, breaking his leg. In the hours that followed, darkness fell and a blizzard raged as Yates tried to lower his friend to safety. Finally, Yates was forced to cut the rope, moments before he would have been pulled to his own death.

The next three days were an impossibly grueling ordeal for both men. Yates, certain that Simpson was dead, returned to base camp consumed with grief and guilt over abandoning him. Miraculously, Simpson had survived the fall, but crippled, starving, and severely frostbitten was trapped in a deep crevasse. Summoning vast reserves of physical and spiritual strength, Simpson crawled over the cliffs and canyons of the Andes, reaching base camp hours before Yates had planned to leave.

How both men overcame the torments of those harrowing days is an epic tale of fear, suffering, and survival, and a poignant testament to unshakable courage and friendship.

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Don't recommend. 1 out of 5 stars

Review by: getoutmore, 2008-03-24

I did not enjoy and found it very difficult to finish this book. Very poorly written, repetitive, and dull.

top notch 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: secretninja, 2008-03-21

This was quite a gripping read. Does anyone know if this came out after or before the film?

touching the void 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: bassist50, 2008-03-20

spectacular book and awesome movie. really makes you realize the dangers we take when mountaineering. also explains the commitment between climbing partners. so glad I was turned on to this story. my climbing career is changed forever, for the better.

Must read 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: fatoomchk, 2008-03-18

Best book ever written. Deserves to sell more copies than the bible. I could not put this book down.

Review 5 out of 5 stars

Review by: lucas_timmer, 2005-08-03

I'll second that about the classic, just like the movie.

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