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Drawn: The Art of Ascent Hardcover – April 28, 2015
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"This is a really surprising book. Between the covers you will find apparent contradictions; outrageous adventure and domestic comfort, tears and laughter, artwork and thoughtful commentary, and a narrative that tells a tale of many parts; part climbing adventure, part travel to intriguing places, part homage to lost friends, part bande dessinee, all drawn together like a scrap book, and yet there is a deftness of touch in the storytelling. In the end, it all adds up to a work of art. The whole is greater than the parts. Recommended, highly."
About the Author
As an illustrator, storyteller, film director, and exploratory rock climber, Jeremy Collins maintains a vast repertoire of skills. His illustrative art is frequently featured in Rock and Ice, Alpinist magazine, in numerous books, and on a variety of outdoor-adventure products. He is also an accomplished climber, having pioneered more than 300 new routes in the U.S. Jeremy lives with his wife and children in Kansas City, Missouri. Visit him at www.jercollins.com.
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Drawn: The Art of Ascent is actually a travelogue journal of climbing expeditions by Jeremy Collins. Collected within are wonderful stories, beautiful hand drawn art and photo collages.
The book focuses on four main climbs in different continents. Collins is an adventurer at heart and one who really loves climbing mountains. I can sense his enthusiasm through the pages, words and the art. He also loves his family and he calls the situation he's in as living in a love paradox. He mentions that he misses his family at night while he's outside sleeping under the open sky. I found that to be touching.
When his friend died during an avalanche in China, he brought along his friend's ashes to scatter at the summits he scaled.
The storytelling is fantastic. He describes his adventures in detail with beautiful imagery, either drawn or in words, the people he meets, his climbing buddies and the mountains he climbs.
There's also tension in the book. You won't know until the next page whether he had made a slip or his gear came loose to send him tossing down the side of the mountain. It happened a few times and that really made for some tense reading. I finished the book in one sitting as I wasn't able to put down the book.
I can only imagine how awe-inspiring it is to be standing at the foot of mountains, and how amazing it is to be able to scale one.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)