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Touching the Void

Simpson, Joe

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ISBN 10: 0224025457 / ISBN 13: 9780224025454
Published by Jonathan Cape, London, 2004
Condition: NF Hardcover
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The book is black cloth-covered boards with gilt title on the spine. No defects to note on the book or the DJ. Book is SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR on special bookplate of Russell InvestmentDales Company. The story of survival in the Peruvian Andes. Black and white photos. Bookseller Inventory # 008670

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Title: Touching the Void

Publisher: Jonathan Cape, London

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:NF

Dust Jacket Condition: NF

Signed: Signed By Author

Edition: Later Printing

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Touching the Void is a heart-stopping, true account of Joe Simpson's terrifying adventure in the Peruvian Andes. He and his climbing partner, Simon, reached the summit of the remote peak, Siula Grande. A few days later, Simon staggered into base camp, exhausted and frost-bitten, with news that Joe was dead. What really happened to Joe makes not only an epic of survival but a compelling testament of friendship.

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Concise and yet packed with detail, Touching the Void, Joe Simpson's harrowing account of near-death in the Peruvian Andes, is a compact tour de force that wrestles with issues of bravery, friendship, physical endurance, the code of the mountains, and the will to live. Simpson dedicates the book to his climbing partner, Simon Yates, and to "those friends who have gone to the mountains and have not returned." What is it that compels certain individuals to willingly seek out the most inhospitable climate on earth? To risk their lives in an attempt to leave footprints where few or none have gone before? Simpson's vivid narrative of a dangerous climbing expedition will convince even the most die-hard couch potato that such pursuits fall within the realm of the sane. As the author struggles ever higher, readers learn of the mountain's awesome power, the beautiful--and sometimes deadly--sheets of blue glacial ice, and the accomplishment of a successful ascent. And then catastrophe: the second half of Touching the Void sees Simpson at his darkest moment. With a smashed, useless leg, he and his partner must struggle down a near-vertical face--and that's only the beginning of their troubles.

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