the book reviews
Harrer's book, Seven Years In Tibet, is well known because of the film. The book, White Spider, is less known and it deserves mention. It is a complete (up to the time it was written) history of the north face of the Eiger. There is a relatively easy passage up the north-west face, along a ridge. It has been climbed by thousands. The north face is a different matter. Heinrich was with the first successful party to ascend it. The outstanding thing about this book is that it is absolutely true. The pictures that accompany the book, will rock your boat. It is an epic tale. It is told with clarity and detail. There is no braggadocio, or false humility. There are no base emotions. There is a lot of negative text on the internet about Heinrich. This is due to the time and circumstances, and you must draw your own conclusions. Remember that the man in the book is a very young man, at the time of the story. If you read Seven Years In Tibet, you will see that there are flaws in the movie. Would he climb the Eiger again? Never! This book answers the question, "Why, do men climb mountains?"
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