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Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Everest Disaster (English Edition) Kindle版
-- Kirkus Reviews
"A fascinating and troubling account of the climb ... by a thoughtful man and a fine writer."
"A gripping real-life horror story."
-- Vanity Fair
"The intensity of the tragedy is haunting, and Krakauer's graphic writing drives it home ... A superb adventure tale."
-- Publishers Weekly
"A compelling and harrowing account ... A raw, emotionally intense book."
-- Library Journal
From the Back Cover
"This is a great book, among the best ever on mountaineering. Gracefully and efficiently written, carefully researched, and actually lived by its narrator, it shares a similar theme with another sort of book, a novel called "The Great Gatsby." --The Washington Post
"Into Thin Air ranks among the great adventure books of all time." --The Wall Street Journal
"Krakauer is an extremely gifted storyteller as well as a relentlessly honest and even-handed journalist, the story is riveting and wonderfully complex in its own right, and Krakauer makes one excellent decision after another about how to tell it.... To call the book an adventure saga seems not to recognize that it is also a deeply thoughtful and finely wrought philosophical examination of the self." --Elle
"Hypnotic, rattling. . . . Time collapses as, minute by minute, Krakauer rivetingly and movingly chronicles what ensued, much of which is near agony to read. . . . A brilliantly told story that won't go begging when the year's literary honors are doled out." --Kirkus Reviews
"Though it comes from the genre named for what it isn't (nonfiction), this has the feel of literature: Krakauer is Ishmael, the narrator who lives to tell the story but is forever trapped within it.... Krakauer's reporting is steady but ferocious. The clink of ice in a glass, a poem of winter snow, will never sound the same." --Mirabella
"Into Thin Air is a remarkable work of reportage and self-examination. . . . And no book on the 1996 disaster is likely to consider so honestly the mistakes that killed his colleagues." --Newsday
"A harrowing tale of the perils of high-altitude climbing, a story of bad luck and worse judgment and of heartbreaking heroism." --People
"In this movingly written book, Krakauer describes an experience of such bone-chilling horror as to persuade even the most fanatical alpinists to seek sanctuary at sea level." --Sports Illustrated
- ASIN : B005AV95Q4
- 出版社 : Picador; Main Market版 (2011/7/6)
- 発売日 : 2011/7/6
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 2094 KB
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効
- Word Wise : 有効
- 本の長さ : 316ページ
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 51,052位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
ユーザー名: Ricky、日付: 2019年11月5日
ただ、いくら間違いが多いとしても、Krakauerに“酸素ボンベを使わず、プロのガイドの役割を果たしていない”と非難されたAnatoli Boukreevにとって、「The Climb」が自分のとった行動を釈明する機会になったことは、その後の悲劇を考えるとなお、よかったのではないかと思う。
1999年版あとがきのなかで最も胸の痛くなる箇所は、1997年11月のBanff Mountain Book FestivalでのKrakauerとBoukreevの衝突と別れである。論争後初めてプライベートで言葉を交わした際、肩に手を置き、“君のことを怒っているわけではないんだよ、ジョン、でも、君にはわからないんだ”と言ったBoukreevに、いつか和解できると信じたKrakauerだが、翌12月のBoukreevの遭難死によって、その日は永遠に失われてしまった。
本書は、６月１９日にPerth, Western Australiaで開かれた、Dr.Tony Kernのセミナー（Human Error and Threat Management)にて、”Best CRM（Cockpit Resourse Management）Text Book”として紹介されていました。
セミナー後、Dr.Tony Kern（元 B１Bomber Pilot, US AirForce)の著書と併せて購入して読了しました。
Entirely different from, and does not quite equal Joe Simpson's "The Snow Leopard", but is nonetheless awe-inspiring and teeth-gritting in the enormity of the disaster.
Not a mere narrative of the tragic climb; also attempts to analyse the mistakes that led to precisely that tragedy. The reader ends up divided between  tempering blame for the likes of Krakauer (a part-time mountaineer, whose main profession is writing), citing the presence in the team of two of the then-world's best climbers as well as of experienced Sherpa guides, the fact that the climb was attempted during the most opportune of seasons the "May Weather Window", the meticulous planning, and the advanced equipment . . . and  pointing out that freak storms are as much a part of Mt Everest thus must never be discounted, that tour-group amateurs only slow down and can never be fully compensated for by even the best members of the team, and the very hubris of the what sent the author on the expedition in the first place.
Ignore the requisite embellishing accounts of other adventures, and the equally-overposed profound questions. What makes this book gripping goes beyond the scale of the tragedy (one American survivor was frozen face down overnight, and lost his nose, one hand and all of his remaining fingers to frostbite), the author's attempt to expunge survivor's guilt, the human dynamics conveyed (the tensions, the challenges, the different personalities), nor the beauty of that part of nature. It is his ability in this case to vividly describe as Simpson did "the madness of mountaineering--of men beckoned by the silence, pulled upwards by the inverted gravity, towards the danger". This is where the moving philosophy of this book lies.
Which explains much of the 320,000 copies sold in the first month, and the 3.6 million copies in print since 1996.
For me, this book helped me understand why people enjoy 'extreme' mountaineering and did explain the draw Everest has on people. I actually found the history of it - from being named the tallest mountain on Earth, to her naming and the repeated attempts to summit, really interesting.
As to whether this book and the film accurately portray the disaster... I will say the film mostly matches this book, and the author makes it clear that this is how he viewed the events, that he was not operating at peak efficiency and that a lot of people made small mistakes which added up to make the disaster.
The book is well written, and for the most part is measured. It mixes analytical with personal to great effect. Though it isn't a happy read it is an interesting one and I'd recommend this to people interested in the film, the mountain, or the sport of climbing.
Peppered throughout are references to mountaineers of yore which had me going down the Wikipedia rabbit hole more than once. Although climbing Everest isn't on my bucket list, I find stories of how people push themselves to their physical and mental limits compelling and inspiring. However, Krakauer's account of what happened on May 10 and how four climbers from his team tragically came to lose their lives - the crux of this book - was of course difficult to read.
Much has been made of his criticism of Sandy Pittman and Anatoli Boukreev, but I felt his portrayal of both of them was on the whole handled fairly. Many on the mountain that day made poor decisions in extreme circumstances that led to the final outcome. Krakauer himself doesn't shy away from his own culpability, although it clearly haunts him and must have been painful to write about publicly. If I were to have any criticism of this book, it would be that Krakauer's perception of his abilities and that of others came across at times as hubristic. Whilst I don't refute that many - too many - people attempt Everest without qualified experience (and the mountain has claimed many of those lives), the way Krakauer writes about his own abilities versus that of others felt a little arrogant to me. I also got a little lost later in the book on who was who, which left me puzzled for a while. However neither of these points detract from the fact that this book well and truly got under my skin.
I don't give five stars often and I'm not the most avid reader of non-fiction, but this has been one of my surprise reads this year and I would read it again. I'm considering reading Beck Weathers' book now - that truly is a story of survival.
Debate still rages about some differences in subsequent accounts of events that day. Particularly, the part Anatoli Boukreev (Fischer's chief guide) played in helping/hindering the unfolding situation. Krakauer offers some fairly mild criticism regarding Boukreev's decision to ascend without supplementary oxygen, suggesting his guiding performance would have been greatly enhanced with it; Boukreev, for instance, may not have felt the need to descend so urgently, ahead of the clients behind him.
It is somewhat damning criticism, I guess, however carefully phrased. And it does rather heap a lot of guilt on one man. A man who did, in the end, rescue 3 clients single-handed. Perhaps Krakauer could have left these sort of judgements to the reader, because the facts themselves, as Krakauer has documented, have not been substantively challenged.
The emphasis though, correctly, in my opinion, remains on the botched organisation and questionable decision-making of the two expedition leaders, Hall and Fischer. And, in fairness, Krakauer even goes on to acknowledge his own impact as client/journalist as another detrimental factor: the press coverage a massive incentive for Hall and Fischer to take risks to succeed.
It's a shame about the bitter, back-biting aftermath. Krakauer himself not immune to it - calling the film version, 'total bull'. Objecting, principally, to the scene where Krakauer refuses to assist Boukreev in the rescue effort due to exhaustion and snow-blindness. Krakauer claims it never happened.
Understandably, a raw and damaging experience to process for all those who survived - a crazy, ego bound, foolhardy quest, in the first place? Whatever your view, Krakauer's account is utterly compelling, demanding much pause for thought.