"A truly astounding account of suffering and fortitude."
--The Times (London)
Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes when disaster struck.Simpson plunged off the vertical face of an ice ledge, breaking his leg. In the hours that followed, darkness fell and a blizzard raged as Yates tried to lower his friend to safety. Finally, Yates was forced to cut the rope, moments before he would have been pulled to his own death.
The next three days were an impossibly grueling ordeal for both men. Yates, certain that Simpson was dead, returned to base camp consumed with grief and guilt over abandoning him. Miraculously, Simpson had survived the fall but, crippled, starving, and severely frostbitten, was trapped in a deep crevasse. Summoning vast reserves of physical and spiritual strength, Simpson hopped, hobbled, and crawled over the cliffs and canyons of the Andes, reaching the base hours before Yates had planned to break camp.
How both men overcame the torments of those harrowing days is an epic tale of fear, suffering, and survival; a poignant testament to unshakable courage and friendship.
"Told with lyrical quality and stunning immediacy, Touching the Void transcends its genre and becomes accessible to readers who have never had any desire to climb a glacier."
--New York Newsday
"A gripping narrative that should excite armchair adventurers everywhere."
--Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Simpson touches a nerve of the mountaineering community and the hearts of others."
--Los Angeles Times
"Riveting, even compulsive reading."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune
I watched the movie in the first place and after finishing the book I still found the movie more persuasive and touching. There are a lot more details in the book, on their emotions, on Joe's constant struggle, and especially the reasons for some of their actions. But I do think the movie, though cut out quite some detail, has a true grab on the core of this whole event. The feeling of being alone, and being helped. I could still recall the facial expression of Joe in the movie when he talked about Simon finding him and holding him in arms. So afterall I think the movie transcend a better emotional and spiritual aspect on the event than the book, and that makes the book feel more like a supplement to me than an origin.
Anyways, both book and movie are marvellous and absolutely enjoyable.
Joe Simpson, 1988. Vivalda & CDA Edizioni, collana "I Licheni", 1992. Traduzione di Paola Mazzarelli.
A friend of mine lent me the film of Touching the Void after highly recommending it. The film is fantastic, very well done, but the book is even better. I'm constantly amazed by the fact that Joe Simpson survived his ordeal, even more so that he can walk today. Even if you're not a outdoorsy type of person this is a fantastic read....Continua