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International bestselling author Jeffrey Archer returns with a triumphant historical novel, Paths of Glory.
Paths of Glory, is the story of such a man—George Mallory. Born in 1886, he was a brilliant student who became part of the Bloomsbury Group at Cambridge in the early twentieth century and served in the Royal Garrison Artillery during World War I. After the war, he married, had three children, and would have spent the rest of his life as a schoolteacher, but for his love of mountain climbing.
Mallory once told a reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, "because it is there." On his third try in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was last seen four hundred feet from the top. His body was found in 1999, and it remains a mystery whether he and his climbing partner, Andrew Irvine, ever reached the summit.
In fact, not until you've turned the last page of Archer's extraordinary novel will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to that list of legends, while another name would have to be removed.
Praise for Jeffrey Archer:
“A dynamite commercial novel … Archer brings it off with panache.”
---The Washington Post on A Prisoner of Birth
“Bestseller Archer pays homage to Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo in this delicious updating of the adventure classic.… The author’s firsthand knowledge of prison life and legal maneuvers help make this a thoroughly enjoyable entertainment.”
---Publishers Weekly on A Prisoner of Birth
“Like other Archer thrillers, the book is compulsively readable.”
---Library Journal on A Prisoner of Birth
“A worthy successor to the still bestselling The Da Vinci Code.”
---Liz Smith, New York Post, on False Impression
“One of the top ten storytellers in the world.”
---Los Angeles Times
From Publishers Weekly
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- ASIN : B001VLXNO2
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press; First edition (March 3, 2009)
- Publication date : March 3, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 472 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 449 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #277,121 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This novel was captivating from the onset. Perhaps because that part of the world holds a special place in my heart for many reasons. Not the least of which Tensing was my group's guide on my first trip to Kathmandu, Nepal in the 70's. He was an unassuming, quiet, shy man that had lived through these extreme experiences and with the notoriety that he was ill equipped for. He had been hired by Eric Lars Lindblad to be a guide to tourists under a contract he apparently did not completely comprehend. His personal complaint to me in confidence was that many of the promises made to him by Lindblad Tours were not met. I did share as much of my film that I could spare as that was one of the many things he had hoped to have in abundance. He was also kind enough to be my personal porter in that he carried my camera equipment all over Nepal as we were guided throughout the country. In turn, I delivered a small rug to his wife (his third) who was in Siliguri when my group arrived after a horrific landing in West Bengal, India during a monsoon.
As a tourist in that part of the world, I was given the opportunity to fly by Mt. Everest for a magnificent view. From our plane it was difficult to really comprehend the magnitude of this mountain and the magic it has held for serious climbers over the last century. On several occasions we were awakened very early in the morning to watch the sunrise and the exquisite pink and purple hues that cover the mountain range of the Himalayas. The experience is breathtaking.
Once again, Archer has captivated me with his wonderful writing, beautiful descriptions and elegant characters. I would give this book a 5 star rating. I couldn't put it down !
I read this book with considerable interest since I have a scant knowledge of mountain climbing and was filled with admiration for the climbing teams who faced tremendous hardships and danger with one goal in mind; get to the summit of Everest. I would recommend this book to all of the people who still have a spark of adventure in their heart and wish to live vicariously through the brave men (and women) brought back to life in this writing.
One more thing to consider; George Mallory did not return after his monumental achievement to his beloved wife and children. In the last few minutes of his life, I wonderful how he felt about his decision and the sacrifice. It begs the question, what price glory?
George Mallory was (is) an old soul, and very well might have accompanied Hannibal on his venture.
I'm sure he reached the top!
The novel opens with a team finding a body on the slopes of Everest and one of the team members searching inside the clothing of the body looking for a picture of Mallory's wife. Mallory always climbed with a picture of his wife in his jacket pocket. Upon finding no picture, the prologue ends there and the novel begins. Note, the finding of no picture doesn't mean this isn't Mallory. (pure Archer)
Jeffrey Archer can hold my attention like no other author. I'm immersed by the end of the first chapter and held there until the turn of the final page. His characters are so rich and always intellectual which, by osmosis or something, has his works imparting knowledge onto you and you don't even realize it.
I'm running out of Archer's works to read but I'm excited he has announced a further 3 more works of his saga: The Clifton Chronicles.
Great read, pure Archer. Highly recommended.
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In the hands of one of the world’s greatest storyteller, even a story of a climbing expedition being told so vividly, I could even feel my goggle blurring up with the snow at 20,000 feet above sea level. The technique of writing is simple, straightforward and no extra words are necessary when one paragraph is all it needs to let readers empathize with a climber who is precariously hanging there for dear life.
The visual, the chill and the danger all hang there like a killer with a knife held in midair. All you know in your mind is that the knife is going to stick in the gut and spill out it’s content.
So, I was thinking, if Jeffrey were to write a romance novel about the couple, I will find out how George had loved his wife that much to write her a letter each day as he hiked up Everest, not once but twice. And a wife who loved him so much, she lovingly let him go to fulfill his dream... even to leave behind three children.
A fabulous read... so much to think about.
If you want an adventure story that sucks you right in and doesn't let go even though you know the ending from the first couple of pages then this will be right up your alley
I'll definitely be looking to read some more of Mr Archer's back catalogue after this.