Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory

Book - 2009
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Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them, their place in history would be guaranteed. People like Christopher Columbus, Isaac Newton, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Edison, Nancy Astor, Charles Lindbergh, Amy Johnson, Edmund Hilary and Neil Armstrong--their unparalleled success has made their stories into legend.
But what if one man had such a dream, and once he'd achieved it, there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambition?
Jeffrey Archer's new novel, Paths of Glory, is the story of such a man--George Mallory. Born in 1886, he was a brilliant student who became part of the Bloomsbury Group at Cambridge in the early twentieth century and served in the Royal Garrison Artillery during World War I. After the war, he married, had three children, and would have spent the rest of his life as a schoolteacher, but for his love of mountain climbing.
Mallory once told a reporter that he wanted to climb Mt. Everest, because it is there. On his third try in 1924, at age thirty-seven, he was last seen four hundred feet from the top. His body was found in 1999, and it remains a mystery whether he and his climbing partner, Andrew Irvine, ever reached the summit.
In fact, not until you've turned the last page of Archer's extraordinary novel will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to that list of legends, while another name would have to be removed. Paths of Glory is truly a triumph.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2009
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410412485
Characteristics: 617 p. (large print) ; 23 cm


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Sep 13, 2018

Jeffrey Archer is a story teller and his writings are always a fascinating journey. This book is based on the life of George Mallory, unofficially the first Englishman to stand at the top of Mount Everest.

The well told, heart aching lives of Ann & George who were manipulated into agreeing to a third attempt at Everest after WW 1 when both really wanted to stop his climbing and just be a teaching professor's family.

The characters are real people involved in the Everest Committee and the Royal Geographic Society at the turn and early 20th century.

Aug 16, 2013


henrydeb Apr 02, 2013

Finished April 2/2013 Interesting story, WWI interrupted the goal, big surprise in the last paragraph of the last page. How special.

Jan 05, 2011

What an interesting story and novel novel. It sets out in the late eighteen hundreds in gentele England. The object of our attention is a young lad by the name of George Mallorry. Father's a minister, mother raises the family and aspires to the upper classes; there are two younger sisters and one younger brother of such great importance to the development of our story as to not even be mentioned. In the very first page our youthful protagonist tests fate by wading to a boulder. seemingly oblivious to the danger posed by the incoming tide.
Within the first 60 pages we meet with such words as Sherry (the drink), Queen Victoria; trousers; heather, Ben Nevis; and hanson cab. Does that set the tone for you?
Equally interesting and telling is that by the time we reach page sixty no one has died. Not by< shooting or knifing; not by garroting or defenestration; not by poisoning or dismembertment; not by electrocution or anything else. No car crashes or anything like that either.
And yet, inspite of all of this the book insists on being read.

Now if I had read tzhe cover notes at all, I'd have known that this was a climbing novel. Set mostly after WW I, the novel is a gripping novel about a (fictitous) ascent of Mount Everest. Not just the climb but also all the back-room manouvering about who is going to lead which climb; who will be the lead climber in the first ascent; who will be left behind at camp IV. The politics of raising money; of liasing with the climb sponsors; the chance of avalanche or a deadly fall; the soft snow and the ice; the solid rock that isn't; the challenge exhaustion of high altitude climbing that saps a body' energy. The loved ones that are left behind... out of touch. The number toes and fingers; the frostbite; the snow or wind that come up out of nowhere to challenge the climber.And of course, the constsnt danger of death.
If you read this, you might want to have an extra log ready for the fire.

Dec 23, 2010

Yet another good Archer book. I enjoy his "fictional" non-fiction work.

Sep 02, 2010

What an interesting storyline, it's too bad that we may never know the truth! Loved this book! Another hit from Jeffrey Archer.

May 28, 2010

Written excellent by Archer.
Story is about Mallory who tried to climb Everest twice. Second time he lost his life. No one knows if he and his climbing partner made it to the top.
This book is about Mallory's life and some historical anecdotes.

Kellyba Jan 09, 2010

One of my favourite authors has written another book worth the read. I couldn't put it down. I wish he could write more often. My all time favourite book is also by J Archer - As the Crow Flys. Enjoy!

Dani_106 Oct 19, 2009

Excellent. One of Archer's best!

Sep 14, 2009

A very well paced and interesting read, especially being based on a true story. Makes you wonder who was the first person to the top of Everest.


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