Jon Krakauer has written many books including, “Into the Wild” and “Under the Banner of Heaven”. However, the book “Into Thin Air”, is arguably his best piece of work. The book earned a movie adaption to help live on its legacy, called “Into Thin Air: Death on Everest”.  If you enjoy conflict, adventure or hearing about first hand accounts, this is the book for you. The content of the book is comprised of excerpts written by Jon Krakauer himself while climbing the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, in 1996. An interesting fact about the book is that the narrator and the author are the same person which makes the reading feel more personal and true. The voice that comes through the text and impacts the reader is the same person who endured all those obstacles. A tone of respect towards other climbers and guides comes through as well as a contrasting tone of guilt and fear. The bone chilling fear of what is to come next and aching guilt about certain decisions that had to be made to survive. The book never has a dull or boring moment. As you read, you start to feel connections to the narrator and start to share that same fear but also excitement. There is some excitement in the fearful qualities within the book, as it gets you on the edge of your seat not wanting to put the book down. “Into Thin Air”, has multiple conflicts that add to this excitement and fear. Some examples are when his group descended from the summit and also the journey from camp 4 to the summit. A common theme throughout the book is trust or loyalty, which is a relatable theme throughout life. There will be times in your own life where you have to stop and let your intuitions or gut take over. As a reader, i really enjoyed how Jon Krakauer inserted his opinions and feelings on events that both occurred or almost occurred during the climb. Krakauer is an ordinary, everyday person like all of us, and his feelings which he expressed matched up with the reader’s feelings on the events. There have come times in life where you stop and wonder, “what if i did this?” or “I wonder if this is what it feels like”. With this book, those questions and thoughts are answered and resolved. This book provides a firsthand, explicit documentation of what it would be like to climb the world’s tallest mountain and show you that it is possible. After reading this book, you will be left with a feeling of astonishment and a dose of momentum. If Jon Krakauer can climb Mount Everest and live to publish his excerpts, you can almost do anything. The physical and mental strength necessary to complete such a climb is astonishing and beyond your imagination. This book is not only a good read but filled with great lessons as well. There are several quotes from this book that i’ve taken with me and applied to my own life. Jon expresses the following quote in the novel, “Morality had remained a conveniently hypothetical concept, an idea to ponder in the abstract,”. The interpretation varies based off of the reader and how they analyze the text, which is part of the beauty within this book. There isn’t just one set way of interpreting this text, many tones are conveyed as well as themes and moods. Jon Krakauer does a phenomenal job of showcasing imagery throughout the book with the descriptions he provides of the mountain itself, and his journey. I greatly appreciated the writing style of Jon Krakauer, and found myself feeling as if I climbed the mountain with him. Once you finish a chapter and you close your eyes, i guarantee you will envision clear as day, climbing Mount Everest alongside Jon Krakauer. This text is relatable in ways some wouldn’t think of. This book is based off of a real life event, that may seem boring to some based off of the title and summary, but it is way more than that. This book is one of the most reflective pieces of work that I have read which is a great quality. People love to find things in life that they can relate to. Whether its music, art, dance or a book, everyone wants to feel that connection that makes them comfortable. You wouldn’t necessarily think a book about climbing Mount Everest, would have any real life lessons, but it does. To list all the lessons would be a spoiler, you’ll have to pick up the book and find out for yourself. “Into Thin Air” is a prime example of why one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. This book is in my top reads, and will be in yours too.


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