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Critically acclaimed Fragile Edge won the coveted the International Literary Mountain prize for Maria Coffey's eloquently written story of how climbing tragedies affect those who are left behind. This is a powerful story describes how she ...
Critically acclaimed Fragile Edge won the coveted the International Literary Mountain prize for Maria Coffey's eloquently written story of how climbing tragedies affect those who are left behind. This is a powerful story describes how she survived the loss of her long-time partner, dealing with the sorrow and confusion, anger and healing.
With openness and honesty, Coffey describes her love affair with elite British mountaineer Joe Tasker, who perished with his climbing partner Peter Boardman while attempting Everest's then-unclimbed Northeast Ridge in 1982. She relives her experiences, first within the hard-partying mountaineering scene and then during her long journey to understanding and acceptance of the tragedy that cost her the man she loved. She gives us an insider's view of the life of a world-class mountaineer and recounts her deeply moving pilgrimage with Boardman's widow across Tibet, a journey that retraced Tasker and Boardman's steps to their abandoned Advance Base Camp at 21,000 feet on Everest.
Posted December 1, 2001
I first read this book several years ago, and felt extremely moved by the writing. The horrific events of Sept 11th this year caused me to pick it up again. Coffey managed to make me interested in what motivated people to climb mountains. Her journey to acceptance of what happened to her boyfriend Joe Tasker, and what it taught her about life, is beautifully described. A book to make you reflect on how precious life is, and how it can all change in an instant. Bit like what happened Sept 11th............Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.