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The Push by Tommy Caldwell

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-18

A tremendous book. I enjoy climbing and mountaineering books but this one is special. The thrill of being out on a climb shines through but there is an honesty about self-doubt which few athletes will talk about. The complexity of human relationships is woven in bringing moments of great joy and also great sadness, feelings mirrored on his climbs. Like all examples of expertise it is clear that Tommy wasn't born and climber but became one, through the now familiar mix of expert coaching, a supportive environment and huge self-belief, commitment and resilience. The narrator also does a great job and is easy to listen too.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-17

I've read about a number of Sir Chris Bonington's mountaineering expeditions but this book offers so much more than an account of such trips. Indeed, to write this book he must have experienced an intense adventure into his own soul. No stone is left unturned as Sir Chris writes about moments of great joy, fear, love and loss. It really is an incredible life which has been led but he does not hold back when considering the impact upon his family, accepting that ultimately the life of a serial adventurer must be a selfish one. Also for someone who is considered a kind of action hero it is perhaps reassuring to find that he has often lacked confidence and felt insecure, both as a young boy and later in life. The journey from extreme mountaineering to struggling to look after his Wife during her illness is sobering and make it very clear that his true loyalties were always closer to home. The narration was very good being soft and easy to listen to. I didn't find it difficult to picture the great man as I listened to it on my drive into work. I have always believed that Sir Chris' life has inspired millions around the world to seek joy in the natural environment and the company of friends. I am sure that this great book will continue to do this.

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