>>Really? Of the 25 photos in the book, Anatoli is in 7 of them
>>and he's only close-up in 2 of them. Your math sucks, dude.
>I guess we have different copies. 13 pictures in mine, 7 of Anatoli.
>Math looks good to me.
I guess this makes a good case for buying or borrowing the original
hardcover copy. Still, unless your paperback has completely different
photos, it contains only two close-ups of Anatoli. I still don't see
how you look at the images and conclude that the book has "pomposity
plastered over it".
>>Be more specific - my copy has nothing even close to that.
>"As the climbers of the 1996 Mt. Everest disaster vanished into
>thin air, one man had the courage to bring them down alive..."
>Little swipe at Krakauer there.
That's your opinion. I do not see this as any kind of cheap shot at
>"Here is his amazing story... of a modern-day hero..."
Some of us don't disagree with this assessment. The thing is, Anatoli,
at least after his descent, did act heroically. It's hard to argue with
that. His and Fisher's strategy for guiding can and has been openly
critiqued but, having never guided in that type of environment do not
have the experience base to come to a valid conclusion.
>"Head Everest Expedition Guide" in big red type on the front. Seems a
Well, that was his title. What's the big deal?
>Did you miss the part where I said I was about to start reading?
No. That was the one sentence that caught my attention the most
strongly. Muddy Waters sang: "You can't judge a book by looking at the
cover" but here you've done just that.
>Or did you just pay attention to the parts you disagreed with?
Parts? I only disagreed with one part - the whole post.
>I wrote all of that to make myself feel bigger, was it that obvious?
Not really. You instead proved the contrary.
>how hard would it have been for you to say "I don't agree, here's why."
It's trivial being nice and polite. So what? Do you think your post
was nice and polite to those that value Anatoli's memory? Hell no.
>Speculating on the size of my ***/brain (possibly one and the same)
>didn't do much to get your point across.
Are you calling yourself a***head? On the contrary, I think I got my
point across very clearly.
>For what it's worth, the book is good so far.
Gee thanks, excellent review.
If you search Deja News, you'll find plenty of opinions about the
various written accounts. Of the posts I read, I felt most rec.climbers
were down on Anatoli and the way he chose to guide. My problem with
Krakauer is that he makes certain statements, such as describing
Anatoli's clothing as being inadequate, when in fact he was wearing
standard high-altitude gear. I have a hard time understanding how John
could make this mistake, since he is a very experienced climber, knows
modern gear, etc. It may seem like nitpicking, but the point is that
the clothing discussion is part of John's effort to prove that Scott and
Anatoli made critical decision errors that lead to the disaster.
Because of the above, I have lost some degree of trust in Krakauer.
Mad "party on, I'm finished" Dog