Above All Things

Above All Things

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A New York Times Editor's Choice 1924. George Mallory is arguably the last great British explorer, having twice tried—and failed—to conquer Mount Everest. The mountain has haunted him, but his attempts have captivated the hearts of a nation desperate to restore its former glory after World War I. Yet George has sworn to his wife, Ruth, that he will not mount a third attempt. He will remain with her and their three children instead of again challenging the unreachable peak. Then, one afternoon, Ruth reads a telegram addressed to George: "Glad to have you aboard again." And with this one sentence, the lives of the Mallorys, and the face of the nation, are irrevocably changed. A beautifully rendered story about the need for redemption and the quest for glory, Above All Things is a captivating blend of historical fact and imaginative fiction. It is a heartbreaking tale of obsession, sacrifice, and what we do for love and honor.
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9781101609200
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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MDlivres
Oct 16, 2018

While the author added 'Ruth' to the story, the tale itself was much like what has already been written about this particular adventure so I did not enjoy this book as much as the previous works that have been written about attempts to summit the mountain. If I had not read any of the previous works about this story, I may have enjoyed it more, but it just seemed like 'more of the same' except for the addition of the relationship between George and Ruth.

ontherideau Sep 17, 2018

The quest to conquer a mountain is a notion I don't understand but this is a good armchair adventure based on real events. Canadian author.

ehbooklover Mar 30, 2018

I decided to read this book in honour of my sisters' upcoming Everest trek. I didn't know much about George Mallory and his attempts to conquer the mountain and I found this book to be very enlightening and totally fascinating. It started out a bit slow but by the end, I could not put it down. A compelling, well-researched, and evocative read.

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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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