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TR: Touching the Void

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I'm dying to see this movie, but it's not supposed to be released until Jan 23. Where are you seeing it now?!

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Outside Magazine had a seak preview last night- it opens on the 23rd at the Harvard Exit.

 

Joe Simpson will be speaking about the making of the movie on the 20th at the REI flagship store- at 6:30 I think. I'm definitely going to check that out. thumbs_up.gif

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"This Game of Ghosts" thumbs_up.gif

I've heard most of his books focus on tragedy. They are non-fiction right?

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No,sh__t! Every paragraph you expect to be 'the end' of the characters. It puts everything in perspective about your own ventures, eH?

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So far I think "Storms of Silence" is my favortie, but I haven't read his latest "The Beckoning Silence" about climbing the Eiger.

 

Simpson's non-fiction is fun to read, but his one attempt at fiction "The Water People" was a true bomb IMO. I couldn't get more than 20 pages into it.

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So far I think "Storms of Silence" is my favortie, but I haven't read his latest "The Beckoning Silence" about climbing the Eiger.

 

On the flip side, his follow-ups to "Touching the Void", "Crawling in Silence" and "Laying Prone in Silence" were somewhat slow-going...

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Ehmic, if you didn't get more than 20 pages into it I think you are not qualified to pronounce it as "a bomb." One of my favorite novels of all time, Sometimes a Great Notion, takes about 75 pages of drudgery to get started.

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Whoa there Mr. P,

I just read that "Notion" thing and I thought it was pretty slow through-and-through. Definately picked up towards the end (WILL HE GET HIS REVENGE?!?!?), but I still didn't get that much out of it. I thought the sudden and unannounced switches between scenes/setting/dialogoue/characters were minorly interesting as an unusual literary device, but majorly annoying. "What the hell is going on? Who is talking"

 

Anyway, I'd be interested to hear what you got out of it.

I liked "Cuckoo's Nest " better.

 

I listened to "Touching The Void" as a book on tape during a road trip down to California last summer. It entertained me for the drive, but I think it would have been better to read it.

 

-Literary Fox

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True that some good stories take a little bit to get involved in. I almost stopped reading LOTR because I just had a hard time wading through all the Bilbo stuff at the beginning. A friend said it would get better when they left the shire and it was indeed a great read.

 

That book was so weird I couldn't figure out what he was talking about.

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That book was so weird I couldn't figure out what he was talking about.

 

You ever try James Joyce?

 

Anyway, I'd be interested to hear what you got out of it (Sometimes a Great Notion).

 

I thought the book was thoroughly enjoyable, that's all. Great characters, I thought the accident scene was truly spectacular, it was all about NW and stuff, and I actually found it quite gripping.

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