Pubblicate inizialmente su prestigiose riviste come New Yorker, Outside e Smithonian, queste storie dimostrano in modo lampante perché Krakauer è considerato il maestro del giornalismo contemporaneo d’avventura.
Dal leggendario alpinista americano Fred Beckey, un dirtbag climber che ha aperto centinaia di nuove vie in oltre settant’anni di attività, agli ultimi, tragici, giorni dell’altrettanto leggendario surfista Mark Foo, che non ha saputo cavalcare la sua ultima, impressionante onda, fino al magnate delle spedizioni commerciali himalayane Russell Brice, dato per morto a quota 8.760 sull’Everest, che ha scatenato una delle più controverse polemiche alpinistiche di tutti i tempi.
E poi un vulcano dormiente potenzialmente in grado di distruggere Seattle; un campo avventura che dovrebbe – almeno in teoria – rieducare adolescenti ribelli; una grotta del New Mexico dove gli scienziati della NASA ricostruiscono le potenziali condizioni di vita del pianeta Marte.
Questi personaggi e queste storie estreme, ripropongono il grande Krakauer spirito avventuroso, scrupoloso giornalista investigativo e narratore straordinario.
- ISBN: 8867004697
- Casa Editrice: Corbaccio
- Pagine: 192
- Data di uscita: 15-11-2018
The articles were interesting and I enjoy Krakauer's writing. What would have made the collection more relevant would have been to provide an update to what he had reported on.
Another enjoyable read from NetGalley -- a collection of Jon Krakauer articles from the 1990s from a variety of publications. The topics vary widely - mostly outdoors, mostly men and seem to focus on the risk of death from the power of nature. "Mark Foo's Last Ride" is about the death of a legendary Leggi tutto
This is my first time reading Krakauer and WOW - what a writer. The articles in this collection were written between the mid 80s and 2014, and the consistency of the quality of his writing is amazing. I found every single one of the articles to be incredibly engaging - from the last days of a legend Leggi tutto
Classic Krakauer by Jon Krakauer is a very highly recommended collection of nine pieces written for various publications, including The New Yorker, Outside, and Smithsonian. As Krakauer notes "Most of the short pieces I wrote during the years between Eiger Dreams and Into Thin Air vanished into the
4.5 stars. Please amuse me for a moment as I thrust a non-fiction read under your nose. I have been and still am to some extent, an avid reader of climbing, mountaineering and expedition non-fiction. With a love of the mountains myself and some amateur climbing in my back pocket, I do love to read ab Leggi tutto
Jon Krakauer is one of my favorite writers of non-fiction. He's right up there for me with other names you've likely heard of such as Erik Larson and John Berendt . I don't think there's anyone who writes about wilderness and the outdoors as well as Krakauer does, and even if you've never read him yo Leggi tutto
You can just tell that these pieces were written by a talented writer. Personally I have no interest in surfing or volcanoes or mountain climbing but when I was reading Krakauer's articles on these subjects I found myself fascinated. My favorite articles were definitely After the Fall and Loving The Leggi tutto
ARC for review - to be published March 2018.
This work shows the range of Krakauer’s writing. He knows how to tell a story. I’ve only read his books so was surprised to find this gem filed with some of his articles from the 80s and 90s. If you enjoy his books and his storytelling, you will enjoy this read.
Krakauer excels at writing about the great outdoors and the people who embrace its challenges. Every time I pick up one of his books I know I will get lost for hours at a time getting to know the people featured in his texts. He not only makes his real-life characters come to life in the page, but a Leggi tutto
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