Monday, February 24, 2014
This book is geared towards the even more uninformed armchair reader. Everything seems spelled out and explained. I first noticed this when he was continuously explaining events/actions/thoughts that were connected to his religion and his people. Every time he goes to a lama or puts up prayer flags he mentions the particulars of what is happening and why it happens that particular way. Sitting in a Buddhist/Sherpa ignorant armchair, I am really enjoying all this detail. The purpose of this book seems more to inform than to simply recount climbing events. He extends this informing to the climbing tools and areas of Everest. I find this sometimes annoyingly slow, but that is because I am more knowledgeable in this area. Krakauer mentions that he wrote "Into Thin Are" to expunge the events from his mind. In a broad sense, "Touching My Father's Soul," is much less about what the book can do for the author, but what the book can do for the reader. He wants you to follow his journey so that you can reap benefits from what he learned on the journey.