Dark Shadows Falling

Dark Shadows Falling

by J Simpson (Author)


In 1992, an Indian climber was left to die high on the South Col of Mount Everest by other climbers who watched his feebly waving hand from their tent thirty yards away. He was even filmed in his last hours for a television feature. Why did the onlookers not hold the dying man's hand and comfort him? The answer appalls Joe Simpson, who was himself left for dead in a crevasse at the foot of Siula Grande in Peru in 1985 - 'because it might compromise their summit bid'. It is an ethical question that Joe is forced to confront as he climbs an extremely difficult new route on Pumori, with a clear view of the whole South Col from the vantage point where Eric Shipton first spotted the way up the south side of Everest taken by Hillary and Tenzing in 1953. Now that Everest has become the playground of the rich, where commercial operators offer guided tours to the top up fixed ropes, camping amidst the the detritus and unburied corpses of previous less fortunate climbers, Joe wonders if the noble, caring instincts that once characterised mountaineering have been irrevocably displaced - as in politics, in business, in the media and in other facets of society. On investigation, he finds it a less black and white issue than at first it seemed. 'Although I survived the Andes, I shall never forget the horror of dying alone', he says.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Edition: 1997 First Edition, 2nd Printing
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Published: 24 Oct 1997

ISBN 10: 0224043684
ISBN 13: 9780224043687
Book Overview: An exciting and challenging new book by the best-selling author of Touching the Void, which won both the Boardman Tasker Award and the 25, 000 pound NCR Award, and is soon to be a major film. `Above all, Simpson is a born writer', Paul Johnson wrote in The Times of his most recent book, Storms of Silence. `His most potent weapon is honesty', said Sara Wheeler in the Daily Telegraph.

Author Bio
Joe Simpson is the author of several best-selling books, of which the first, Touching the Void, won both the NCR award and the Boardman Tasker Award. His later books are This Game of Ghosts - the sequel to Touching the Void - Storms of Silence, Dark Shadows Falling, The Beckoning Silence and one previous novel, The Water People.