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Aria sottile (1997)

di Jon Krakauer

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A history of Mount Everest expedition is intertwined with the disastrous expedition the author was a part of, during which five members were killed by a hurricane-strength blizzard. When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin his long, dangerous descent from 29,028 feet, twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly toward the top. No one had noticed that the sky had begun to fill with clouds. Six hours later and 3,000 feet lower, in 70-knot winds and blinding snow, Krakauer collapsed in his tent, freezing, hallucinating from exhaustion and hypoxia, but safe. The following morning he learned that six of his fellow climbers hadn't made it back to their camp and were in a desperate struggle for their lives. When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated. Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people - including himself - to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense. Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eye-witness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.… (altro)
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Biblioteche di personaggi celebriThomas C. Dent
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    The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest di Anatoli Boukreev (marzipanz, oregonobsessionz, coclimber, bluepiano)
    marzipanz: It may seem like an obvious recommendation, but I would really urge everybody to read The Climb instead of or in addition to Into Thin Air. It really sheds a completely new light on some of what Krakauer writes, and - to me - seemed a far more convincing account of some of the events.… (altro)
    oregonobsessionz: While The Climb is not an easy read like Into Thin Air, it does provide a different perspective on the disaster, and answers some of Krakauer's criticisms of Boukreev's actions.
    bluepiano: I may be the only reader of Krakauer's book who thought Boukreev came across as a hero in it. The Climb is a heartening reminder that experience, intelligence, and calm can be the makings of heroism, and it's quite interesting as well.
  2. 60
    Tempesta perfetta: una storia vera i uomini contro il mare di Sebastian Junger (kraaivrouw)
  3. 40
    Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest di Beck Weathers (riverwillow)
  4. 40
    Everest: The West Ridge di Thomas F. Hornbein (BookWallah)
    BookWallah: If you liked Into Thin Air, then you are ready for the mountaineering classic, Everest: The West Ridge. This sparse first person account of the other American team that came after Whitaker in 1963 and put up a route that has seldom been repeated.
  5. 40
    La morte sospesa di Joe Simpson (VivienneR)
  6. 30
    K2 : Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain di Ed Viesturs (Grandeplease)
  7. 20
    La discesa: viaggio verso il centro della Terra di James M. Tabor (PamFamilyLibrary)
    PamFamilyLibrary: Who would guess, but going down into the Super Caves is as dangerous as going up K2 or Everest.
  8. 20
    Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II di Robert Kurson (alaskabookworm)
    alaskabookworm: Couldn't put "Shadow Divers" down; one of my favorite nonfiction adventure books of all time.
  9. 20
    Il silenzio del vento di Jon Krakauer (fichtennadel, Sandydog1)
    Sandydog1: If you want some background on "what makes Krakauer tick", do check out his earlier stories.
  10. 20
    The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon di David Grann (g33kgrrl)
  11. 20
    Into the wild di Jon Krakauer (sturlington)
  12. 10
    Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season di Nick Heil (normandie_m)
    normandie_m: The events in this book re-opened discussion of the controversies surrounding the 1996 disaster. Heil examines similar themes, particularly the ethical dilemma of whether or not to offer assistance to/rescuing sick climbers when one's own health and supplies such as oxygen are depleted.… (altro)
  13. 10
    Annapurna di Maurice Herzog (Sandydog1)
  14. 10
    Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident di Donnie Eichar (sweetbug)
    sweetbug: Both stories of mountaineering adventures gone terribly, terribly wrong.
  15. 10
    Ultimate High: My Everest Odyssey di Göran Kropp (Navarone)
  16. 10
    The Kid Who Climbed Everest: The Incredible Story of a 23-Year-Old's Summit of Mt. Everest di Bear Grylls (FireandIce)
  17. 10
    Tra noi e la libertà di Sławomir Rawicz (sombrio)
  18. 10
    The Other Side of Everest: Climbing the North Face Through the Killer Storm di Matt Dickinson (riverwillow)
  19. 00
    La vetta degli dei vol. 1 di Jirô Taniguchi (villemezbrown)
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    Dead Lucky: Life after Death on Mount Everest di Lincoln Hall (RMSmithJr)

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Formidabile ed emozionante racconto di una tragica ascesa. Questo libro dà in un primo momento voglia di salire sull'Everest, per poi toglierla definitivamente. ( )
  zinf | Jun 1, 2010 |
Drammatico reportage sulla tragica spedizione sull'Everest del 1996. Sviscera bene le motivazioni che spingono gli alpinisti agli estremu. ( )
  permario | Nov 12, 2009 |
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An experienced climber himself, Mr. Krakauer gives us both a tactile appreciation of the dangerous allure of mountaineering and a compelling chronicle of the bad luck, bad judgment and doomed heroism that led to the deaths of his climbing companions.
 
it is impossible to finish this book unmoved and impossible to forget for a moment that its author would have given anything not to have to write it.
 

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Krakauer, Jonautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Karl, AnitaMapsautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Perria, LidiaTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Rackliff, RandyIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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For Linda; and in memory of Andy Harris, Doug Hansen, Rob Hall, Yasuko Namba, Scott Fischer, Ngawang Topche Sherpa, Chen Yu-Nana, Bruce Herrod, and Lopsang Jangbu Sherpa
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Straddling the top of the world, one foot in China and the other in Nepal, I cleared the ice from my oxygen mask, hunched a shoulder against the wind, and stared absently down at the vastness of Tibet.
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Getting to the top of any given mountain was considered much less important than how one got there: prestige was earned by tackling the most unforgiving routes with minimal equipment, in the boldest style imaginable. John Krakauer
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Please distinguish between print editions of Jon Krakauer's 1997 memoir, Into Thin Air, and the abridged audio version. Thank you.
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A history of Mount Everest expedition is intertwined with the disastrous expedition the author was a part of, during which five members were killed by a hurricane-strength blizzard. When Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996, he hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours and was reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion. As he turned to begin his long, dangerous descent from 29,028 feet, twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly toward the top. No one had noticed that the sky had begun to fill with clouds. Six hours later and 3,000 feet lower, in 70-knot winds and blinding snow, Krakauer collapsed in his tent, freezing, hallucinating from exhaustion and hypoxia, but safe. The following morning he learned that six of his fellow climbers hadn't made it back to their camp and were in a desperate struggle for their lives. When the storm finally passed, five of them would be dead, and the sixth so horribly frostbitten that his right hand would have to be amputated. Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people - including himself - to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense. Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer's eye-witness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.

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