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Read eBook í Above All Things à Hardcover × Tanis Rideout Ð [Reading] ➭ Above All Things ➵ Tanis Rideout – Insolpro.co.uk “Tell me the story of Everest” she said a fervent smile sweeping across her face creasing the corners of her eyes “Tell me about this mountain that’s steGeorge Mallory departs on his third expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest Left behind in Cambridge George’s young wife Ruth along with the rest of a war ravaged England anticipates n Three word review Romantic disjointed slowWhile I liked reading Above All Things I don’t think it’s a stand out book or one that I will really think much about again The characters of George and Ruth really held the book together The narrative felt flaky but the well developed characters really drove it along and made me want to keep reading You can really feel the connection between George and Ruth and understand how in love they are Their children too have very sweet personalities and George’s climbing team were also very well written each with their own distinct natureI liked that the chapters alternated between George and Ruth thus keeping a balance between them They had separate voices which suited their characters helped by George talking in third person and Ruth in first However I didn’t like how Rideout played with time throughout the book George went through weeks – maybe months – but Ruth only through one day This didn’t seem very natural and bugged me increasingly so as it neared the climax and time felt so uneven I also disliked the points in George’s chapters when the narrative switched to George’s climbing partner Sandy The book to me was about love and the intertwined lives of George and Ruth Sandy felt like an unnecessary third wheel whose life I didn’t really care about and who seemed to be getting in the way of the supposed heroPerhaps my hopes were too high for this book Reading the synopsis I felt excited The 1920s in my mind a glamourous decade maybe because I just watched Gatsby The setting too on Everest sounded exciting and adventurous However when I read it I couldn’t connect with the story; with George’s expedition Interspersed every few pages were flashbacks and memories While these did build complex characters it also broke the flow of the story and detracted from the excitement and building tension I didn’t want random paragraphs of information about their last ten years I wanted adventureAs a result of the disjointed narrative I didn’t feel as though I was on Everest with George or in Cambridge with Ruth I think the book would’ve been enriched by Rideout explaining about how Everest looked and what it was like to be there so that I could better imagine what George and his team were going through The detail and factual knowledge were there just not necessarily in the right placesAbove All Things was readable and enjoyable at the time but didn’t come without its annoyances I was so desperate to enjoy it but I couldn’t It’s worth a read if you’re interested in 1920s culture and history it seemed pretty factually accurate but it was nothing amazing I’m going to give it 54% Thinking back over it all my mind says is “it was okay” Nothing special or excitingThis review was originally posted on my blog

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“Tell me the story of Everest” she said a fervent smile sweeping across her face creasing the corners of her eyes “Tell me about this mountain that’s stealing you away from me” In 1924 In 1924 George Mallory set out on an expedition with seven other men for a third British attempt at reaching the peak of Mount Everest Really it was an easy decision for him much to his wife Ruth's dismay like many climbers but perhaps than most George is driven to climb Everest the tallest mountain in the world His two previous defeats only make him determined though at thirty seven he knows this is his last chance If he fails this time he won't get another shotGeorge hikes up through Tibet they weren't allowed through Nepal to Base Camp with expedition leader Colonel Teddy Norton; Dr Howard Somervell; naturalist Noel Odell; photographer John Noel; two British soldiers Shebbeare and Hazard to help with managing the Sherpas and supplies; and twenty one year old Sandy Irvine who is good at fixing things and hopes that Norton will let him be part of the last push up the mountain despite his inexperience Meanwhile back at their home in Cambridge Ruth goes through the motions of a single day taking care of their three young children preparing a dinner party she doesn't want to have and struggling with her feelings of loneliness dejection depression even Ruth misses George and sadly she knows she can't compete with the mountain All she's left with is the endless waiting not once but several times Waiting for George to return waiting to hear word that he's been successful or something else entirelyAs the two move through their very different lives the past blurs with the present and memories are relived And shadowing the story and George himself is the true story of his disappearance during his last attempt to climb Mt Everest a mystery that wasn't solved until his body was found in 1999I have to say right from the start here that this is a phenomenal book It's one of the most atmospheric compelling emotionally wraught historical fiction novels I've read in uite some time and for a debut novel it's very impressive The level of research involved is one thing but where Rideout really excelled is in her ability to bring these historical figures to life giving them room to breathe on the page to fill out their period costumes to convince us modern readers of every facet of their lives without any self conscious second guessing or fear of not doing right by her characters is I think the expressionWe first meet George and Ruth in 1920 when they are both filled with excitement by the news of his first impeding trip to Everest and it is a superb place to start because it gives us an intimate first hand glimpse at the couple when everything must have seemed so bright and promising to them Contrast that with the shell shocked Ruth who moves through the day on autopilot trying to hold it together but completely worn out by the endless waiting aware that her sister and servants don't consider her stoic enough Their three children Clare Berry and John who barely remembers his father because of all the absences are likewise very real characters young beings with growing personalities hot breath on their mother's neck and youthful demands among them a strong need for the fatherThe expedition itself is rendered in clear artful detail from the list of supplies 44 tins of uail in foi gras; 120 tins of bully beef; dozens of wrapped suares of flaky chocolate; 9 tins of tobacco; 7 tubes apiece of petroleum jelly to be smeared on chapped faces to deflect the sun; 63 working oxygen canisters; 26 tents of varying sizes; a crate of cutlery and tin plates; one case of Montebello champagne; 17 bottles of Macallan whisky not less than 15 years old Miles and miles of rope campbeds tents tools and cooking pots p34 to the clothes they wore their bleeding lips and most fascinating and scary of all the effect of altitude sickness in all its diverse forms And not just the altitude but hypothermia dehydration and shock as well I felt like I was right there on the mountain with these men which was truth be told a very uncomfortable and frightening place to be To think of these climbers tackling Everest in woollen socks and tweed coats It's amazing what they achieved considering how ill euipped they were The descriptions of their hallucinations or how they would zone out and hours later realise they'd just been sitting there staring were chilling and all too believable The atmosphere the setting was so vivid the effects on the men so tangible it only emphasises and justifies Ruth's anxiety her fearThe Col had shocked him when George took him to see it the day after he arrived at Advanced Base Camp He'd stood at the bottom of the long saddle that connects Everest to her neighbour Changste and looked up thirteen hundred mostly vertical feet All ice and snow Above the Col nothing was protected Above it the wind screamed down in a terrible way that he couldn't uite grasp That was where they got turned back in '21 Where the avalanche had occurred in '22 George pointed On the lower section we'll cut steps and haul ourselves up them But the last twenty feet George drew his attention to the chimney that they would follow the route he would try to take might as well be rock p134The air outside felt as though it might snap Sharp and fragile edged like crystal When he inhaled it cut into his nostrils his lungs The moonlight was cold on the mountain iced blue Sandy slogged through the snow after Somervell the snow filtering into his mislaced boots melting against his skin and cooling fast His feet would freeze in his boots The cold in his brain hurt He pressed forward p204Sandy's hands stroked the air near his face It was agony It felt as if the mountain had stripped the flesh from his cheeks There couldn't be any skin left George reached across to him in the twilight pushed Sandy's hands away from his face and smeared petroleum jelly carefully gently on his skin p279As well as Ruth and George's narrative Ruth in first person present tense over the course of a single day George in third person past tense we also get the perspective of George's expedition partner Sandy Irvine Young hopeful strong with a bit of climbing experience behind him but not enough for Teddy Norton to consider letting him try for the summit he gives us a third perspective on George not just to flesh out Ruth's idea of George but to flesh out the story of the attempt to climb Everest You can't help but warm to Sandy and coming to care for him too Part of the expedition is spent debating the use of oxygen in summiting They've never used it before and some of them consider it cheating if they use it nowWith God's help and not the oxygen's we'll make it Somervell's tone was affirming emphaticSomes the only thing that's going to tame this thing this He wanted to say bitch He wanted to curse the mountain but held his tongue The only thing that matters is usExactly George Us We're the instrument designed for climbing You pretend to be a skeptic but you have faith You believe you're destined for it for the top Don't pretend you don't That's faith George That's a plan Somervell turned to Sandy And you? Do you share his skepticism? His humanism?George watched Sandy as he glanced from him to Somes and back againI don't know Sandy's tone was slow and measured or maybe it was the altitude George leaned towards him and Sandy's voice picked up All that religion seems an excuse I'll keep God to myself I think I want to climb Everest for the achievement of it not because it's for or against someone's idea of God pp152 3The climbers' motivations for tackling Everest time and again are touched upon throughout the story especially George who is compelled to leave his wife and young family to conuer the mountain From the exhilaration he feels climbing You know that feeling when you're pushing yourself and pushing yourself and then you leap for that hold you think is just out of reach You know you're going to fall Then you don't And for just that moment the world sharpens Comes into focus p155 to what the people back home expect from them especially after the first world war; to George's personal ambition how he feels he doesn't even have a choice but to try and try again Rideout tacks back and forth in time revisiting the time George and Ruth first met to other scenes in their past each time making George and Ruth feel ever inevitable tangible until that ending that mesmerising ending at which point George feels so alive and then suddenly isn'tThe only problem I had with this novel my only struggle was that the prose was a bit erratic? It didn't always read smoothly the sentences didn't always link up neatly together so that you could start reading and never find a place to stop On the contrary I found it surprisingly slow to read easy to forget whose memories I was reliving surprising that such a well written novel could still suffer from jagged pacing But if the story was an unexpected slog to read and I use the word slog for the sake of metaphor not for its negative connotations it matched the character's slog through life Ruth or up a mountain George and Sandy And when you get to the final push to the summit the step by step slow detail of it all not only builds tension but makes you feel each and every painful step they make the struggle to breathe to put one foot in front of the other Maybe it was a tad too slow and a bit too long but the effect can't be denied Between Ruth's raw emotions and sympathetic story George's obsession with summiting and Sandy's youthful yearning it's a novel of depth and insight Add to that the impressive and incredibly real atmosphere the sensation that you're there on the mountain with them and it's a story that claws its cold grip into you I also learnt a lot from it like the fact that this mountain is named after a man who never even saw it a British surveyor based in India I learnt about their attitudes towards the Sherpas like children who needed to be constantly watched and told what to do And I learnt what it was like to try and climb Everest in the 1920s Even with all our advanced fibres and clever tents high protein bars and other gadgets nothing appeals to me less than the idea of trying to climb Everest Experiencing it vicariously through this novel was enough for me Not to mention how emotionally wrung out I felt for it is a heartbreaking story all told this isn't a negative I love a book that makes me feel that way; it's the mark of great writingAnd on a final note I have to add that this particular edition McClelland Stewart hardback first edition is just stunning from the typeface on the cover to the font on the pages Perpetua perfect for the time period depicted; from the tinted photographs to the texture of the jacket hard to describe but wondrous to feel Honestly I don't think I've seen a perfectly put together book in a long time Probably the only thing I'd add is a map because I love map and as a visual conceptual person it helps me visualise in relation to other things But it's not really necessary And definitely read the author's note at the end about how she started on this long journey of research and writing her personal motivations and some other details behind this finely crafted story Highly highly recommended

ePub Above All Things

Above All ThingsEws they hope will reclaim some of the empire’s faded glory Through alternating narratives what emerges is a beautifully rendered story of love torn apart by obsession and the need for redempti Somehow I have managed to live my entire life without knowing thing about George Mallory or the 1924 attempt to conuer Everest Just in case you've managed to do the same I won't give away the ending but I suspect I'm the only person on the planet who had the opportunity to read this book without knowing what was coming Conseuently I was surprised when the ending happened I have since done a bit of reading about Mallory and the early treks up the world's highest mountain and I can say that Tanis Rideout did a stunning job bringing the story and characters to life This is a tragic book and not just in relation to mountaineering This book is about human passions the drive that pushes us to go farther and to sacrifice everything for a goal In this novel obsession takes on human shape loss is palpable and you begin to sense that the story isn't really about Mallory at all but about love and how it isn't enough even though we believe that it should be I don't know what reading this book would have been like if I had already known the shape of this story I went into this an innocent and came out shaken A great book that skirts precipice between fact and fiction