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Annapurna: First Conquest of an 8000-meter Peak (26,493 feet) Hardcover – 1953
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Herzog was the least technically able member of the two lead ropes on Annapurna and the only amateur, but he was selected as the expedition leader by the organizers (i.e., financial backers). Before they left France, Herzog made the other climbers sign an oath of silence that they would not speak or write about Annapurna for five years after their return. The result: Herzog's lionization as the "Great White Chief" of the expedition--and, worst of all, Herzog's dastardly attempts to put down and silence Lachenal, who sacrificed his own feet to get Herzog to the summit and bring him off the mountain alive.
Herzog's account of the expedition in Annapurna played to the French public's need for heroes in the post-war era and established Herzog as a national idol (Rebuffat would later write disgustedly about Herzog's "miserable pedestal"). But Herzog told a nationalistic fairy tale that ignored the serious conflicts among the team members and the fact that (Rebuffat again): "Lachenal was the guide [on Annapurna], and Herzog the client.Read more ›
There's just one catch: It isn't really the truth. Beyond simply presenting the viewpoint of one participant, Annapurna involves whitewashing and even, more or less, lies. Dialogue scenes are Herzog's after the fact inventions, and events are manipulated to present a picture of unanimous heroism, with Herzog always in the lead.
I used to recommend this book as a matter of course. Now, I think anyone reading it should read Roberts' True Summit, and the writings of Herzog's team members, as well. That's the only way you'll get any picture of what the first ascent of Annapurna was really like.
I first read this book in the early 1960s as a young teenager. I recall being enthralled by it and amazed at the hardships the climbers endured to bring glory to France. In reading it again as an adult, I find myself still enthralled, but more attuned to the fact that it is written in a somewhat self-serving style.
The book itself chronicles the attempt by the French to climb an 8,000 meter peak in the Himalayas. They had two alternatives: Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. In those days, the Himalayas were largely uncharted and any topographical maps, which existed at the time proved to be largely incorrect. So, the French expedition spent a large portion of their time in reconnaissance. Not only were they there to climb the mountain, they had to find a way to get to it and then map out a route on the unknown terrain to the summit. Ultimately, they chose to climb Annapurna.
In reading this book, one must remember that the climb took place without the sophisticated equipment or protective clothing available today. This was before gortex and freeze-dried foods. This climb was made before Nepal or climbing the Himalayas became a major tourist attraction. The conditions for travelers were extremely primitive and difficult under the best of circumstances.
When the expedition finally finds a route to Annapurna, the reader almost feels like cheering for them.Read more ›
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Before gps. Before sat phones. Before modern medicine. These men followed their dream despite the cost. I was there with them as I read.Published 5 days ago by Leslie Demmert
I did not feel there was any development of who the participants were. It was not a very exciting read. The Kindle version really needed some maps.Published 6 days ago by John C Callenbach
good read, interesting time and circumstances for a complex climb without all the technology of today.Published 14 days ago by Ruth
Tells the true tale of a climbing party to Annapurna, written by the head of the expedition. It was well written and descriptive of all the hazards, especially how the lack of... Read morePublished 14 days ago by judie eaves
A gripping read when summiting the world's tallest peaks were at its infancy.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was fascinating. Nepal is so remote. This book was published in 1950. One hopes the land is still as mysterious and beautiful. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Kindle Customer
I first read this fabulous book when it was on my high school reading list over 50 years ago! It is one of the books that led to my life-long love of reading! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Denise K. Maguire
An easy read that gives you a real feeling of the dangers and bravery needed to climb.
A real education