«L'irraggiungibile bestseller della letteratura di montagna.»
«Leggendo questo libro, anche chi non è stato in Himalaya ha la percezione esatta della grandezza dell'impresa compiuta.»
New York Times Book Review
«Semplicemente il più grande libro di montagna mai scritto.»
Joe Simpson, autore de La morte sospesa
L'ascensione dell'Annapurna compiuta nel 1950 da un gruppo di alpinisti francesi guidati da Maurice Herzog, fu l'evento che aprì la strada alla conquista dell'Everest, la vetta più alta della terra. L'impresa è raccontata in questo classico dell'alpinismo, scritto dallo stesso Herzog, dal momento in cui venne ideata al suo compimento. E' un diario che descrive la strenua, misteriosa preparazione e quindi, fase per fase, nelle sue vittorie, nelle sue frustrazioni, nelle privazioni e nelle terribili sofferenze, la lunga scalata.
- ISBN: 8867001914
- Casa Editrice: Corbaccio
- Pagine: 320
Well written but pretty self-aggrandizing account of the 1st summit of 8,000 m peak. On the one hand it's cool to read about how they did things 60 years ago - starting with finding the actual mountain! Since no 8,000 m peak had ever been climbed (this was 3 yrs before Hillary/Tenzing on Everest) not Leggi tutto
The writer or the translator described the events in this book in a way that made it not worth my time. I was astoundingly impressed with what was accomplished considering the technology they had, while smoking, but found myself scanning through pages that left a lot to be desired.
The summit of Annapurna was a masterpiece of climbing, and the book is nothing short of a bible for enthusiasts… however, if you’re new to the genre I would still recommend Eiger Dreams by Krakauer. Its much more approachable and far less studied. Annapurna took a while to get off the ground both fo Leggi tutto
I'm torn between one star and five. Five star for the high adventure, one star for how the the expedition team treated the locals. This book gives account of 1950 French expedition to Annapurna, where they have to actually locate the mountain first before climbing it. The book itself is a page turne Leggi tutto
This was one of the first adult books I read as a child about 60 yrs ago. I still remember how much I loved it. I have recommended it to a couple of my grandchildren as a reminder that there will be many challenges in life, most conquerable with determination.
A readable telling of the first summiting of an 8000m mountain - a few years before Hillary climbed Everest with Tensing. It was the days of bare-footed porters, climbers smoking cigarettes at any given opportunity and Indian Survey maps which only vaguely resemble to actual lie of the land. In fact Leggi tutto
I love mountaineering and this is the king of mountaineering books. The story of the first 8000 meter mountain to be climbed. The first to be climbed on the first try. Yet, Annapurna still remains the most difficult mountain on Earth to climb. Maurice Herzog's team of French mountaineers suffered gr Leggi tutto
Caution: This is going to be a long review. As pretty much summed up in the description, this is the story of the first ascent of an 8000’er peak. Back in 1950, there was no idea of climbing a peak of such a status. The maps provided by Surveyor General of India and other governmental agencies were i Leggi tutto
This is a bit of a slog until they get to Annapurna and start the summit. After that point, it becomes a gripping story. A large part of me finds it hard to believe such adventures are called a success when the only reason many of the French climbing team is alive is because Sherpas literally carrie Leggi tutto
I'm not a climber -- I'm a tea shop trekker. I've trekked - walked - in approx 50 of Nepal's 75 districts. I love any trek where I know there's a tea shop at least every couple of hours, and some place for a hot meal and a dry bed at the end of the day. Ice picks and crampons are not my thing. That
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