Jeffrey Archer's new novel, Paths of Glory, is the story of such a man - George Mallory. Born in 1886, he was a brilliant student who became part of the Bloomsbury Group at Cambridge in the early twentieth century and served in the Royal Garrison Artillery during World War I. After the war, he married, had three children, and would have spent the rest of his life as a schoolteacher, but for his love of mountain climbing.
Mallory once told a reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, "because it is there." On his third try in 1924, at age 37, he was last seen 400 feet from the top. His body was found in 1999, and it remains a mystery whether he and his climbing partner, Andrew Irvine, ever reached the summit.
In fact, not until you've heard the last words of Archer's extraordinary novel will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to that list of legends, while another name would have to be removed. Paths of Glory is truly a triumph.
©2009 Jeffrety Archer; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
This is a great read (or listen). As historical fiction, it closely follows the life of George Mallory who may, or may not, have been the first person to climb Mt. Everest. The ending offers one possible explanation of this 90 year old mystery.
Not only is the story exciting; it is also educational.
First book I read of Mr Archer's was the Prisoner of Birth, which I loved.
Then it was Kane and Abel, another great title.
But Paths of Glory, just felt short to me. The narration was excellent.
Guess the content about mountain climbing just wasn't my cup of tea.
However, it did get me to look up info about some of the key part players from the book.
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Interesting and true. I loved Archer's treatment of a fabulous man and story. Wish we had all of Archer's books unabridged. Sad that we do not. Come on, Audible!
I felt the biographical information was interesting and therefore the 3 stars but otherwise it was dry and at times boring. Narration was good. Would probably pass on this one if I know now that the book was a biography of Mallory's life. If you climb mountains you would probably would give this book an extra star. If you get this book, do not read anything about the topic until after the book. That way there is at least a little suspense.
and always full of excitement, this read will keep you wondering and thinking and on the edge of your seat. And being historical now I wonder how we got it wrong. Oh, you can't go wrong with this mountain of a book!
This is surely not up to Archer's standards. I should have rated it higher, but didn't because I expected more from the author. I'm a fan. Don't expect to be "WOWed".
I am a Jeffery Archer fan. In, fact the reason I bought this book was because of him. However, I truly labored though listening to the prose. His accounts of mountain climbing were informative, but the book as a whole seemed very laborious and unnecessarily drawn out to me. In my opinion, this is Mr. Archer's worst novel.
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