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From Publishers Weekly

Veteran actor Roger Allam brings an impressive range and energy to Archer's historical novel. The tale finds its inspiration in the real-life mystery surrounding adventurer George Mallory, who may—or may not—have reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1924 before perishing in the ice and snow. Allam's remarkable accents are the highlight of the audio book, especially in his brief but highly memorable turn as a colorful American agent who organizes a rather exploitative and ethically dubious publicity tour for Mallory. Allam also shines in his portrayal of Mallory's devoted wife, Ruth, who chooses to mask her doubts and fears in order to support her husband's lifelong dream of climbing to the highest point on the planet. Admittedly, Archer's text offers a hero who would rather explore mountains than the depths of moral or psychological complexity, but Allam's performance renders the listening experience entertaining. A St. Martin's hardcover (Reviews, Jan. 5). (Mar.)
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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


 


Product Details

  • File Size: 797 KB
  • Print Length: 383 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Publication Date: March 3, 2009
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001VLXNO2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,865 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2009
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Paths Of Glory is Archer's attempt to fictionalize the story of George Mallory and his dream of being the first person to climb to the top of Mt. Everest. It covers a thirty-two year period ranging from Mallory's childhood to his third attempt to climb Everest in 1924, at age thirty-seven. In real life, it remains a mystery as to whether Mallory ever achieved his goal, as he was last seen four hundred feet from the top. Archer does a decent job in "covering all the bases" of Mallory's life. However, in trying to pack all of the major historical events in his life in just an average length book, Archer, in my opinion, doesn't provide sufficient depth in most of these areas to create a full sense of who Mallory was and what motivated him. Further, Archer provides, at best, only superficial characterizations of the key people in Mallory's life (e.g., his wife, his children, his climbing partners, etc.). Overall, Paths Of Glory is an entertaining read -- particularly if you have an interest in mountain-climbing -- but it is not one that will keep you glued to the edge of your seat to find out what happens next. Given Jeffrey Archer's successful career as a novelist it will not be surprising to find Paths Of Glory on major bestseller lists, although be forewarned that it doesn't deserve to reach the summit of these lists.
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The story of George Leigh Mallory, a novel based on history. I had never been drawn to read about Mr Mallory prior to this. I had never read anything by Jeffrey Archer either. For some reason, when given the opportunity to read this book, I enthusiastically took it.

The story begins when George Mallory was a child living in his fathers house. His father was a conservative clergyman of limited means who wanted to provide the best possible life for his three children. For George, this included the best education he could manage.

From a young age, Gorge showed a lack of fear, and a love of climbing. His father encouraged his sons sense of adventure, even to the point of accompanying him on ever more rigorous climbs, at least accompanying his as best he could. This trust and encouragement surely contributed to the self confident young man George became.

During his years at school, he knew that his mountain climbing had to take a backseat to his education, and so it did. TO his satisfaction, there were others who shared his interests, thus enabling him to continue with what brought joy to his life, scaling mountains.

I became so invested in the people portrayed in this book, I had a hard time putting it down. I had a vague and passing knowledge of Mallory and his Everest climbs, but nothing more than that. After reading about his life and family, as well as his dreams. I am searching for more information on this clearly incredible man.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read, or is interested in mountaineering. I will be reading more books by this author very soon, as well as more books about George Mallory and Everest. A book that inspires a new interest is the very best kind of book.
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"Paths of Glory" is a highly fictionalized biography of George Leigh Mallory, culminating with his attempt to Mount climb Everest in the 1920s.

KUDOS
I ordered this book by accident. I ordered what I thought was a "generic Archer novel", because I couldn't find anything else that looked interesting on the spur of the moment. I usually find sufficient flaws in Archer's sloppy writing to rate his novels at 3 or 4 stars. I dislike tales of upper class English adventure, I particularly dislike biographies, and I generally loath mountain climbing stories. So it came as a great surprise to me that I found "Paths of Glory" to be engrossing and very entertaining. The exposition is vivid. The characters are well developed and the story is nicely paced.

COMPLAINTS
Descriptions of some characters are rather fawning (Archer's relatives or relatives of his friends?). Also, the stereotyped description of Americans is a bit annoying.

VERDICT
A very pleasant surprise. An excellent story.
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This was an extraordinary story of George Mallory and his passion to be the first man to summit Mt. Everest. As history has documented, Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay conquered the tallest mountain in the world in 1953. Mallory's two attempts occurred in 1923 and 1924. His body was found in 1999, without a camera or any indication or proof of his success or failure.

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.
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