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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true masterpiece of clasic climbing.
Lionel Terray was one of the great clasic climbers and this book captures the spirit of those days. The accounts of the climbs are very richly told, they are not technical descriptions but beautiful stories told by a man who devoted his existence to the mountains. Anyone interested in the sport of climbing can benefit from this book, not from the technical side but from...
Published on January 23, 2006 by Sebastian

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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
I had great expectations for this book after reading 'Annapurna' but was sorely disappointed. Terray is obviously not the writer that Herzog was. It was boring, long winded and uninspiring. Definitely not a classic of climbing, more a man's personal journal not very well written.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true masterpiece of clasic climbing., January 23, 2006
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Sebastian (Temperley, Argentina) - See all my reviews
Lionel Terray was one of the great clasic climbers and this book captures the spirit of those days. The accounts of the climbs are very richly told, they are not technical descriptions but beautiful stories told by a man who devoted his existence to the mountains. Anyone interested in the sport of climbing can benefit from this book, not from the technical side but from the spiritual side and the historical value of the many first ascents by Terray.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Conquistador!, July 17, 2009
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Anthony M. Frasca (East Setauket, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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Lionel Terray's book is a hidden gem. Terray was a well-rounded true mountaineer. He got his start in the French military mountain patrol during World War II. His unit would scale mountains in proximity to, but higher than, German camps and then spread machine gun fire in the camp's vicinity. Never really aiming at the camp itself lest they hurt someone. How French! This book is richly narrated and includes chapters on Terray's ascent of the Eigerwand, and Annapurna among others. If you read this book you may get the idea that there are some mountaineers who do have some common sense. Terray was satisfied at times to put up a second ascent (Eiger) rather than risk all on a daring first-ascent, which in those days was usually suicide. He was on Maurice Herzog's Annapurna team and luckily was not on the summit team , most of whom survived but with fewer limbs. I highly recommend this book. It's great armchair reading.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any mountain climber who wants to embrace the activity's history, January 12, 2009
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Not just anyone has it in them to take on the more modern adventure of mountain climbing. "Conquistadors of the Useless" is the autobiography of French adventurer Lionel Terray, telling of his long and eventful life. Born in 1921, he began his adventuring at only the age of twelve and let up very rarely until a freak accident caused his death at forty-four years of age. An edition updated with much more information on the man who revolutionized post-World War II Mountain climbing, "Conquistadors of the Useless" is a must for any mountain climber who wants to embrace the activity's history.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, gripping stories and a sympathetic narrator make for a fine read., August 19, 2011
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Terray writes in a thoughtful while engaging manner. A great climber, while still retaining humility, he sadly died too young, as have many of his colleagues on the mountains. One of the most readable of the mountain books and one of the few that leaves one with both respect AND affection for the writer -somewhat rare in this often egotistical field. The book keeps you turning pages as much to learn more about the narrator as to join him on some astonishing and more often than not, epic adventure. A real good one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot to learn about all different kinds of things - climbing is just a small portion., December 8, 2013
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It is an amazing book - it is not just a book about climbing - but about psychology - what made the author go the direction that he did - a history book - telling about how things were before - through and after WWII in Europe and North America - and - the difference in climbing before all of the "new" 1960's equipment! Makes me wonder what he would think of the sport today! It is very honest and insightful - a lot to learn about a lot all kinds of things - climbing is just a small portion of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life-changing, January 27, 2015
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This is a life-changing book. Do not read unless you are ready to be bothered, shaken, and inspired. This book made me realize that I have been living a life of mediocrity. I hope the author, wherever he may be, realizes that his efforts (and his amazing anecdotes in this literary masterpiece) are never useless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, August 22, 2014
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Lionel is one of the great, tough mountaineers of our time- this is a climbers must read but is a great adventure for anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, I could not put it down., February 24, 2015
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Great book. I could not put it down. Possibly the best "climbing" book I have read. Wish I had a physical copy.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up read to Herzog's Annapurna, October 15, 2013
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Read Annapurna first Terray's auto biography. Although written in French and later translated into English, it was well done and easy to read. Terray's covers his entire climbing career up to the point of the book, not just the Annapurna conquest. Lionel Terray gives a no nonsense history of a person obsessed with getting to the top.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing self-depricating autobiography, June 28, 2013
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This is an awesome story of pre/post-WWII climbing with an interesting dose of social commentary on the French, Nepalese and French Canadians. Robust and enthralling story telling from start to finish.
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