Into Thin Air : A Personal Account of the Everest Disaster
by Jon Krakauer
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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One of the sources of inspiration for Everest’s film, featuring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley.Jon Krakauer’s In The Air Thin is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane winds, exposure and altitude effects, which ended the worst in a single season of death in the peak of historyIn March 1996, Outside Magazine sent former journalist and experienced mountaineer Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by the famous Everest guide of Rob Hall.Despite the expertise of the Hall and the other leaders, by the end of the day of the summit, eight people had died.The book of Krakauer is both the story of the unfortunate adventure and an analysis of the factors that led to its tragic end.Written in the months following the events of the chronicle, Dans l’ Air Mince clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape.The journey to the mountain progresses, Krakauer sets in context, recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest journeys through history.The author of the anguish of what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to reflect timelessly on the questions.
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