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Touching My Father's Soul: A Sherpa's Journey to the Top of Everest Paperback – May 14, 2002
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Just because technological and meteorological advances have benefited later expeditions, newer isn't necessarily better; much wisdom can be gained from studying the mistakes and encounters of previous attempts. Anecdotes and gripping prose shine throughout, like this gem: "That night--and then the following night--we lay in our tents listening to the malevolent roar of wind high on the mountain. The train was still running, the 747 endlessly trying to take off." As a Sherpa and practicing Buddhist, Norgay flavors the book with his culture and its climbing rituals and carefully dissects the differences between the local, deep respect for their mountain--Chomolungma--and the nonnative brashness that has often led to disaster.
Norgay is intent on the accomplishments and experiences of his legendary father, Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who first reached the summit with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953, and commendably shares his most private and human thoughts while retracing his father's greatest path. As Touching My Father's Soul acknowledges, however, no one conquers Everest. You sneak up on it, then get down as quick as you can. --Michael Ferch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Although Jamling Norgay's story provided the emotional backbone of the IMAX movie, the movie didn't really provide a full portrait of the man, or the way in which he had to grapple with his father's legacy. The book really helps flesh out his character and his spiritual reawakening. Although it's not as gripping as Into Thin Air, for example, the book is reasonably well written and is a page turner in its own right.
I wouldn't buy this book solely to try to find a lot of additional information about the 1996 Everest disaster or much "behind the scenes" information about the Everest IMAX movie, as it really doesn't add much new. Instead, it is a heart-felt story of one man's journey and perspective on Everest.
As a final note - if you have the opportunity to see Jamling Norgay's book tour in support of Touching My Father's Soul, I would highly recommend it. I attended the book signing in Washington, and he has a very interesting 40 minute slide show.
Jamling Norgay, whilst having become a popular figure in the climbing world, exceeds efforts by other Everest authors, way past Beck Weathers' dreadful book and shows that climbing comes from within. He looks at it from a spiritual sense rather than a mechanical task. He and Krakauer are close in style and certainly in heart.
I strongly recommend this book and hope that it touches your soul and your mind.
Throughout this is a very personal account in every sense. It is a tale of his life, his father's life, his climb to the top of Everest, his father's climb to the top of Everest and his attempts to address his feelings about his upbringing, family and flagging religious beliefs. Added to this mix is the literal and emotional climate of the Everest summit attempt during the tragic spring of 1996.
He relates his story in a manner which makes for a very interesting, inspirational and insightful read. He moves fluidly from his climb to his father's, from his life to his family's, from his spiritual issues to the material world, from the tragedy to his personal investment in being a climbing Sherpa, without losing the overarching narrative.
The famous and fateful climb of the IMAX and other teams in 1996 during and after the tragic events of that climbing year are well known, but Jamling gives us some further insight and perspective into those events.
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I've read probably 6 books and have seen all of the documentaries available on the 1996 Everest climbing season. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lori
I have been very pleased with these purchases and the delivery was excellent.Published 18 months ago by Trevor Rogers
I read this right through from beginning to end in one sitting. I loved reading about the perspectives, struggles, achievements and spiritual qualities of the sherpas. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Carol
Perfect book which gives a detailed view from Sherpa perspective.Published on August 21, 2014 by casper
The story we all know (first ascent of Everest) but told from a Sherpa's perspective, from their spirituality, and their reverence for the mountain. Read morePublished on June 24, 2014 by LaBombera
I found this to be a hard read. Author switches between current day, and memories of his father; or stories of his father's climbs. This was a distraction to me. Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by J