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      Paths Of Glory

      by Jeffrey Archer
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      • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
      • Publishing date: 01/12/2009
      • Language: English
      • ISBN-13: 9780312539528
      • ISBN: 0312539525

      Synopsis

      Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. But what if one man had such a dream…and once he’d fulfilled it, there was no proof that he had achieved his ambition?

      This is the story of such a man: George Mallory. He once told an American reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest “because it’s there.” On his third attempt in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was last seen six hundred feet from the top. His body was found in 1999. And it still remains a mystery whether he ever reached the summit


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      • Unknowable Paths of Glory
        From Amazon

        Jeffrey Archer is a long-time writer, politican, bon vivant and ex-con. George Mallory was a member of the early British expeditions to Everest who was MIA from 1924 accident near the summit until a search party found his icy earthly remains in 1999. Mallory was one the best known men of his generation, a loving husband, dedicated teacher, soldier and adventurer, whose exploits captured the world's imagination in those halcyon days between the wars. In this fictionalized account, Archer follows Mallory from his youth to his demise and beyond. The book opens with a striking and interest-grabbing account of the discovery of Mallory's remains. Archer has not set out to write an historical account. Others have criticized him for interjecting fiction and unknowable facts (did our protangonist reach the summit) and for being loose with history. None of that matters to me; I am sure others have transcribed every iota of known data into their boring treatises of those days. Archer shows his gallantry in telling us what really happened on that fateful day, based upon his interpretation of the facts. For my money I think he is right but the real issue is as Sir Edmund Hillary was quick to remind us, can the attempt be considered a success if you dont return to accolades and late night television appearances. Mallory was a giant and a leader, one of the last of his generation, who executed faithfully his duties to God, family, king, and college. We wont see his successor. Read this book, dont let facts stand in the way of a great story about a great man.

      • Not in Archer's Usual Style, But Still Interesting.
        From Amazon

        I've never regretted buying a Jeffrey Archer work. When I began reading Lord Archer's "Kane and Abel" 30 years ago, he had me at the first line (To paraphrase a line from Jerry Maguire "He had me at hello"). Since that time I've looked forward to each new book. In each story the characters evolve over the years...and his writing style is such that I stay up way too late...wanting to get to the next chapter, always in a hurry to get to the end, yet hoping it never ends. Paths of Glory is a departure for Archer, in that it is historical fiction. Nonetheless it's very engaging. The reason I read it was because of who the author was, not because of an interest in Mallory...plus I have no interest in mountain climbing. That being said I found it interesting, but Archer has done better.

      • Back to the Grave
        From Amazon

        "Paths of Glory" is a highly fictionalized biography of George Leigh Mallory, culminating with his attempt to Mount climb Everest in the 1920s. CUDOS I ordered this book by accident. I ordered what I thought was a "generic Archer novel", because I couldn't find anything else that looked interesting on the spur of the moment. I usually find sufficient flaws in Archer's sloppy writing to rate his novels at 3 or 4 stars. I dislike tales of upper class English adventure, I particularly dislike biographies, and I generally loath mountain climbing stories. So it came as a great surprise to me that I found "Paths of Glory" to be engrossing and very entertaining. The exposition is vivid. The characters are well developed and the story is nicely paced. COMPLAINTS Descriptions of some characters are rather fawning (Archer's relatives or relatives of his friends?). Also, the stereotyped description of Americans is a bit annoying. VERDICT A very pleasant surprise. An excellent story.

      • Archer is one great writer....
        From Amazon

        This is another great story from Jeffrey Archer. I love historical fiction and this is a great story. I still plan on making a trip to at least base camp of everest one day....

      • Topping Everest
        From Amazon

        Mallory's amazing life is vividly told. Perfect for anyone interested in real-life adventure. Much more than "because it's there."

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