- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (February 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425268144
- ISBN-13: 978-0425268148
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“‘Because it’s there.’ With just three words, George Mallory explained why they do what they do. Yet beyond these words, volumes have been left unsaid. With Above All Things, Tanis Rideout finally fills in this void, illuminating one of the great tragic adventure stories of the modern-day age.”—David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of Z
“A superb addition to the fictional biography genre.”—Library Journal
“Rideout’s powerful prose evokes the scalpel-like sting of arctic winds and the bone-shattering cold of frigid mountain nights. Impeccably researched, Rideout’s vividly authentic debut historical novel is a paean to the ability of love to conquer all but the highest mountains.”—Booklist
“An elegant and well-researched novel.”—The New York Observer
“Part love story, part high-octane adventure, this historical novel about doomed Everest climber George Mallory is a tough one to put down.”—People
“Rideout’s powerful prose about a tragic, brutal end will haunt you.”—USA Today
"[Rideout's] depiction of the Everest climb pulses with visceral detail."—Entertainment Weekly
“This vivid, assured, and confident debut novel scales great heights of obsession and desire, both on the face of Mount Everest and in the loving bond between doomed explorer George Mallory and his wife, Ruth."—Publishers Weekly
“Above All Things is part thrilling adventure, part moving love story and, in its entirety, beautifully written.”—Examiner.com
“Truly mesmerizing, a powerful weaving of the tensions and heartaches of a marriage in conflict with an obsession…brilliantly told. It will take you up the slopes of Mount Everest, a climb so vividly described you will almost feel the biting wind, the intense cold, the great drama of an historic event. But this is more than an adventure tale. Above All Things takes the reader into the hearts of both Mallory and his wife as they struggle to understand each other and their own conflicted yearnings. A deeply satisfying blend of truth and imagination that stands out from the crowd.”—Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker
“This magnificent novel, at once rugged and sensual, elaborates on George Mallory’s assault on Everest in 1924, the ones who went, the ones who waited. Deeply felt, richly imagined, immaculately styled, and utterly compelling, Above All Things takes us to the heights of human experience and endurance, both in physical fortitude and erotic longing. Rideout brings us to the summit and back down, shaken but somehow saved by grace.”—Robert Goolrick, author of A Reliable Wife and Heading Out to Wonderful
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Tanis Rideout takes the reader along every step of the way of Mallory's epic journey to Mount Everest.
At the same time, we come to understand how difficult it is to be the wife left behind, waiting for letters from her adored husband, whilst trying to keep to the daily routines of raising three young children.
As one reads this novel, one can't help wanting to research the internet for photographs and detailed factual information about the real George Mallory. I thought this was one of the best historical fiction novels I've read in recent years. Excellent!
Other reviewers don't like to hear negative comments about books they really like, so my apologies to all of you. The book is well written, but I found that half-way through, I was skipping over whole sections from Ruth's POV and returning to Mallory's story which is heroic, grandiose and tragic.
Ruth Mallory was deeply in love with George and satisfied that theirs was a rosy future, because after two failed attempts to climb Everest, George had assured her that she and their family were his future - not Everest. But the lure of Everest was too great and he made a third attempt. Given access to the extensive correspondence between George and Ruth, Tanis Rideout is able to take us on an emotional, intriguing and often frightening journey. An amazing story!