Above All Things

Above All Things

Book - 2012
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The Paris Wife meets Into Thin Air in this breathtaking debut novel of obsession and divided loyalties, which brilliantly weaves together the harrowing story of George Mallory's ill-fated 1924 attempt to be the first man to conquer Mount Everest, with that of a single day in the life of his wife as she waits at home in England for news of his return.
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A captivating blend of historical fact and imaginative fiction, Above All Things moves seamlessly back and forth between the epic story of Mallory's legendary final expedition and a heartbreaking account of a day in the life of Ruth Mallory. Through George's perspective, and that of the newest member of the climbing team, Sandy Irvine, we get an astonishing picture of the terrible risks taken by the men on the treacherous terrain of the Himalaya. But it is through Ruth's eyes that a complex portrait of a marriage emerges, one forged on the eve of the First World War, shadowed by its losses, and haunted by the ever-present possibility that George might not come home.

Drawing on years of research, this powerful and beautifully written novel is a timeless story of desire, redemption, and the lengths we are willing to go for honour, glory, and love.

Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2012
ISBN: 9780771076350
Branch Call Number: RID
Characteristics: 360 p. ;,22 cm

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uncommonreader
Jan 28, 2014

This is a fictionalized account of George Mallory's third attempt at Everest in 1924, regarded at that time as the "third pole" and its conquest important for British pride. The sections on climbing seem very well done, although I found the part on Mrs. Mallory's life at home less interesting. There are a few examples of modern language although they do not spoil the rhythm of the story.

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molly
Sep 27, 2013

Watched a wonderful documentary on TV on this fascinating story

rsmbarlow Aug 27, 2013

I knew I would like this book and I wasn't disappointed. I loved it! It partners perfectly with Into the Silence by Wade Davis, one of my favourite reads from 2012. Looking forward to more from Tanis Rideout!

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azor
Jul 27, 2013

I loved this book. Especially the duality of the story line. I was so engaged in the story that i spent a lot of time during the read on you tube watching video of and about the Everest expedition.

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mmechef
Apr 28, 2013

Absolutely gripping and really well written. I am not particularly interested in the whole Everest thing but got it because it was in the Globe's best books section. Loved it!

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