So wow, where to even start with this book. I decided to read it right after seeing the movie which was a bit confusing, probably because a story at high altitude is difficult to understand when represented visually.
The book does so much to provide missing context and detail to the story, in all its real horror. Over and over there are examples where poor use of judgement and emotional, financial and competitive drivers override effective system management. Despite this, there are examples of amazing feats of human survival and episodes of heroism. However the haunting reality is that nothing seems to have been learnt and this seems to be anchored to the fact that ‘Everest is a loosely regulated business’ (unlike something like airline travel which is heavily regulated and therefore similar lessons result in real changes).
Despite this was an absolutely nail biting read which kept me reading until the wee hours of the morning. Which in some ways depicts the relationship we have with Everest itself, it’s horrifying, infuriating and often defeating, yet utterly gripping and rapturous at the same time. An amazing read, full five stars.