Dark Shadows Falling
By (author) Joe Simpson
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Dark Shadows Falling by Joe Simpson
Book DescriptionIn 1992, an Indian climber was left to die on the South Col of Mount Everest by other climbers who watched his feebly waving hand from their tent. He was filmed in his last hours for a television feature. Why did onlookers not hold the dying man's hand and comfort him? The answer appals Joe Simpson, who was himself left for dead in a cervasse in Peru in 1985 - 'because it might compromise their summit bid'. It is an ethical question that Joe is forced to confront as he climbs a hazardous route on Pumori. Now that Everest has become the playground of the rich, where commercial operators offer guided tours to the top, camping admist the detritus and unburied corpses of previous less fortunate climbers, Joe wonders if the noble instincts that once characterised mountaineering have been irrevocably displaced - as in politics, in business, in the media and in other facets of society.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099756118
(198mm x 129mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 6-Aug-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Joe Simpson
Sound of Gravity, Hardback (September 2011)
As her hand slips from his grip, Patrick's life is shattered, forever changed. Trapped high on a stormbound mountain face in the icy depths of winter, the stricken young man is forced to fight for his life. Half a lifetime later, Patrick is freed from his self-imposed vigil when at last the mountain releases his heart-rending secret.
Annapurna, Paperback (March 2011)
In 1950, no mountain higher than 8,000 meters had ever been climbed. Maurice Herzog and other members of the French Alpine Club resolved to try. This book tells the story of the first conquest of Annapurna and the harrowing descent. It also includes 16 pages of photographs, which provides a visual record of this legendary expedition.
Touching the Void, Paperback (October 2008)
Presents an account of the author and Simon's (author's climbing partner) terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. This book shows how the pair dealt with the psychological traumas. It not only tells the story of their survival but is a compelling testament of their friendship.
Summit Fever, Paperback (November 2005)» View all books by Joe Simpson
When poet the author was asked by Scottish mountaineer Mal Duff to join his ascent of the Mustagh Tower in the Karakoram Himalayas, he had a poor head for heights and no climbing experience whatsoever. This title tells about climbing.
UK Kirkus Review » Joe Simpson tells the disturbing story of how a Dutch mountaineering team, led by Ronald Naar and Edmond Oefner, failed to help or comfort a dying Indian climber on the South Col of Everest (8000 metres). 'The thought that he got so close to company, to a helping hand and a caring voice, and yet was rejected, sends a cold shiver down my spine.' A shocking story. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Joe Simpson
Joe Simpson is the author of several bestselling books, of which the first,Touching the Void, won both the NCR award and the Boardman Tasker Award. His later books are This Game of Ghosts - the sequel to Touching the Void - Storms of Silence, The Beckoning Silence and two novels: The Water People and The Sound of Gravity.
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