touching the void

Although Joe Simpson’s writing style is often inelegant in Touching the Void, he certainly has one hell of a story. After breaking his leg and falling down a deep ice shaft on a mountaineering expedition, his partner cut their connecting rope in an act of desperation. I slogged through the first part of the book, it’s a little technical for a non-climber, and I didn’t feel a connection to Simpson until the second half when he revealed more emotions, but the ending was worth it. As a reading experience, Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer was more engrossing. But I look forward to watching the movie/documentary as it is clear this story probably translates better to film.