Flashback Friday is my own little weekly tradition, in which I pick a book from my reading past to highlight. If you’d like to join in, here are the Flashback Friday book selection guidelines:
- Has to be something you’ve read yourself
- Has to still be available, preferably still in print
- Must have been originally published 5 or more years ago
Other than that, the sky’s the limit! Join me, please, and let us all know: what are the books you’ve read that you always rave about? What books from your past do you wish EVERYONE would read? Pick something from five years ago, or go all the way back to the Canterbury Tales if you want. It’s Flashback Friday time!
My pick for this week’s Flashback Friday:
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that “suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down.” He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more–including Krakauer’s–in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer’s epic account of the May 1996 disaster.
Into Thin Air is a non-fiction book that reads like a novel — part adventure story, part disaster tale, full of memorable characters involved in a once-in-a-lifetime challenge that ended in tragedy. Jon Krakauer participated in and then chronicled the 1996 Everest expedition that claimed lives, and describes in his book his own preparations for and experiences during the climb, as well as exploring the commercialization of Everest and the dangers that this has inevitably brought about. Into Thin Air is a remarkable account of bravery and hubris, a cautionary tale about the limits of adventure and the drawbacks of having more money than common sense, and a tribute to the beauty of the high peaks and the call of the mountains to the people who need to climb them.
I was completely fascinated by Into Thin Air, and while I’ve read other books by Jon Krakauer — a marvelous writer — this one, to me, packs the biggest punch.
So, what’s your favorite blast from the past? Leave a tip for your fellow booklovers!
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