Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer

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4 Responses to “Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer”

  1. Julien F. Says:

    Summary
    The true story “Into Thin Air”, by Jon Krakauer, is an account of a group’s climb up Mt. Everest. The deadly expedition was led by Rob Hall through his company Adventure Consultants. The beginning of the book gives a brief and detailed description of Nepal and the Himalayas. Krakauer, along with the rest of the group, start the climb pretty well along with a few difficulties. When the group falls behind schedule the climb becomes much more dangerous. The group pushes forward even though it is strongly ill advised by the Sherpas. When a storm rolls in this choice becomes a fatal mistake. This is a mistake that results in the most deadly season in Mt. Everest history.

    Evaluation
    I enjoyed the book. I thought that the author went deeply into detail and explained the setting thoroughly. This helped the reader understand the book better. The amount of detail made the book a little tedious to read though. I also liked how the author made the reader understand the difficulties of climbing Mt. Everest by giving insight into the emotions of the climbers.

    Rating: I give the book 4 out of 5 stars.

    Recommendations
    I recommend the books “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer and “Touching the Void” by Joe Simpson. I recommend “Into the Wild” because the book involves having to survive against the wilderness, just like in “Into Thin Air”. I recommend “Touching the Void” because it shows the joys and struggles of climbing just like “Into Thin Air”. If you liked “Into Thin Air” then you will like both these books.

  2. Cameron B. Says:

    -Summary-
    Into Thin Air provides a unique insight into the history of Everest and the effects that tourism has had on the mountain. Along with this, it describes in detail the personal account of the disaster that occurred on the mountain in May of 1996. Jon Krakaurer, an American writer and mountaineer born in Brookline, MA shares many opinions about his experience of summiting Mt. Everest. Mountaineering is one of the few activities that drives people to their physical and mental extremes. And along with a $65,000 price tag, people do not want to fall short of their goal.

    -Evaluation-
    Overall Into Thin Air is a very good book that has great details and is written is an attention grabbing style. There is suspense thorough the entirety of the story, that leaves the reader on the edge of their seat. In the end, Jon Krakauer continues to produce quality books that grab the attention of the audience and leave them with a story to remember.

    -Similar Books-
    Into The Wild (Jon Krakauer)
    The Climb (Anatoli Boukreev)
    Eiger Dreams (Jon Krakauer)

  3. Cole G. Says:

    Summary:
    Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer is the story of about 20 individuals who embarked on a task of climbing Mt. Everest. Starting the climb in May 11th 1996 Jon photographed and recorded the story of Into Thin Air. There were 7 Sherpas, 3 guides, and 10 adventurists. When they left to climb the mountain they knew a storm was coming and they would need to make a fast trip to the top and back. But their timeline was expanded causing the storm to come in and forces them to hike down in the blind. Only 10 of them survived the trip.

    This entire story closely relates to Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild. I compared it to this book because of the human vs nature conflict and the need of survival. Another book like it is Hatchet. The main character was also forced to survive in the wilderness. I would rate this book a solid 4 stars because of the suspense. What I didn’t like was the beginning, because it was kind of boring.

  4. James T. Says:

    Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer is the journey of 12 individuals, who took the challenge of climbing Mt. Everest. They started their large journey in 1996. John Krakauer witnessed many deaths including some of his friends. Every day was a struggle getting to the next camp site. Disaster struck when a storm viciously swept through killing many of the climbers. But Jon Krakauer managed to survive and make it to the top completing his mission.

    Overall this entire book packs a lot of action. Throughout most of the book it will have the reader on their toes. This book wasn’t very interesting for me, because I am not very into outdoor books like this. I would recommend Into The Wild by the same author. It is very similarly set in an outdoor environment and packs a lot of action and suspense too. Hachet is another book I would recommend if you liked this book. It is also a very action packed book with a lot of suspense too.

    Rating: I would give this book 3 out of 5, because it was slow at times and wasn’t that interesting.

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