Storms of Silence
ISBN 10: 0898865123 / 0-89886-512-3
ISBN 13: 9780898865127
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
Publication Date: 1997
A moving account of the author’s maverick life as a mountaineer. Behind the tales of adventure is a brooding disquiet as he struggles to come to terms with the grinding poverty and violence lurking so close to the surface of life.
Joe Simpson recalls the severe snowstorm that put an end to an attempt with four others on Gangchempo, and the infection that forced him to abandon the climb on Cho Oyu in Tibet. During that expedition he has a disturbing encounter with a party of political refugees and a 4-year-old boy fleeing across the Tibetan border. He becomes obsessed with stories of Chinese brutality in the old-world Tibet they overran by force 40 years ago.
He also begins to question the ethics of playing rich men’s games in Third World countries, contributing little to the local people who endure a fearful struggle to survive. Oppression abroad makes him see mindless violence in his hometown of Sheffield in a new light. The book ends with his first trip to the Andes in Peru since Touching the Void.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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