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People who liked Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air should like this book, which is part memoir, part adventure tale. Award-winning author Roberts (The Mountain of My Fear and Deborah) grapples with why mountain climbers take such risks to feed their passion for adventure. An atheist, he says that for him climbing is “a way of rebelling against the void fore and aft” (borrowing a line from Vladimir Nabokov). After a lifetime of climbing, Roberts is still haunted by climbing deaths he’s witnessed, starting with the death of a high school climbing partner in Colorado.

 

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