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What if you dropped your wife 1,000 feet?

March 8, 2012

‘The sound of gravity’ by Joe Simpson

Reviewed by Natalie

When Joe Simpson wrote about his amazing survival after an accident, in the mountaineering classic ”Touching the void’, I was very impressed with his authorship. That book is still one of my all time favourites.

His second effort at fiction, ‘The sound of gravity’, unfortunately did not live up to that standard, in my opinion. It’s the story of a married couple who enjoy mountaineering during challenging winter conditions. During one expedition, the wife falls to her death.  Haunted by guilt, the husband spends the next 25 years ensconced on the mountain (as a warden), waiting for the glacier to release her bones.

Although Mr Simpson has done an excellent job evoking the atmosphere of the mountain, and graphically describing the mountaineering scenes, I feel that he belabored the point a little too much at times.  The plotline was still good though, so if you enjoy dramatic tales, you’ll probably still appreciate it.


From → New Books

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