Favorite Quotes

"Properly we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand."

— Ezra Pound

Reader's Link


Summit Fever

Title: Summit Fever
By: Andrew Greig

Most mountaineering writers are mountaineers first. Poet and novelist Andrew Greig did it the opposite way: he joined an attempt on the “unclimbable” Mustagh Tower as expedition scribe, and emerged a mountaineer. His account of that expedition is an idiosyncratic classic. Greig may have driven his companions crazy with his often-naïve questions (“What’s this for? How come ye do it that way?”), but the result is a book that is fascinating to readers who only dream of climbing, as well as to the hard core. There’s a wild poetry here — frenetic, scatological, hilarious — that sets off the rare moments of repose. Read this book for the mountaineering lore or the love of a talented Scot’s English, and then pass it around. It deserves to be better known.

View similarly tagged posts: non-fiction, biography, travel

Posted by curious on Nov. 18, 2010 at 12:46 p.m.
1 Comment


March 19, 2011 at 4:04 p.m.:

A well written story. I'm always looking for information like this.

Post a Comment

Book Kits

To help your book discussion group, we've gathered a collection of popular paperback titles and sorted them into kits which can be sent to you upon request.

Learn more... Browse titles...

Upcoming Book Events...

Wed, Sept. 28

Thu, Sept. 29