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In Jon Krakauers Into Thin Air a non-climbing reader is thrown into a flurry of new vocabulary and surprising events At many points in the book confusion and excitement set in simultaneously There are many aspects of this story that prove to be intriguing and interesting but there were also several less-exciting parts Krakauer uses excellent story-telling techniques that depicted much detail and has a brilliant way of determining tone throughout the book It was necessary for Krakauer to use a considerable amount of exposition in order to provide a correct and full depiction of the history lives and motives of both former and present climbers He is very helpful to the non-climber and successfully explains the sport in easier terms usually through footnotes For example he writes Although the Tibetan name for the peak is Jomolungma and the Nepali name is Sagarmatha most Sherpas seem to refer to the mountain as Everest in daily conversation - even when speaking with other Sherpas Krakauer 60 The first half of the book is basically dedicated to getting the climbers to Base Camp These detailed explanations add a lot of positive atmosphere to the story but somewhat make the storyline seem to crawl along rather slowly It becomes difficult to remember all of the different Sherpas and their roles and it is also very hard to retain the historical information given to the reader within each separate anecdote For example the following footnote giving the reader historical information seems rather unnecessary and is difficult to fully understand and retain Although it is a somewhat arbitrary destination mountaineers have always attached special prestige to ascents of 8000-meter peaks The first person to climb all fourteen of them was Reinhold Messner in 1986 To date only four other climbers have repeated the feat Krakauer 78Other than the lengthiness of some descriptions I feel that Krakauer was very effective and he was accommodating to the inexperienced climber
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