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In 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary became the first people to reach the summit of the Chomolungma, known to Westerners as Mount Everest. Tenzing's son, Jamling Norgay, trekked up the mountain with David Breashears's IMAX expedition in May 1996 -- a fateful period during which nine climbers from four expeditions died trying to reach the summit. In his spiritual, thrilling account of the expedition, Touching My Father's Soul, Norgay juxtaposes his father's historic climb with his own difficult summit attempt.
Of all the adventure narratives that have been written about the tragic events of 1996, only Jamling Norgay's lyrical account imparts a real sense of respect and awe for the mountain. Tibetan Buddhists, who revere Chomolungma as the home of the powerful goddess Miyosanglangma, will not attempt a climb unless proper offerings have been made and a lama has chosen the most auspicious date for the expedition. Introducing readers to aspects of Tibetan Buddhism in his narrative, Jamling recounts his visits with several important lamas before the IMAX trek, visits during which he was warned about the obstacles they would face on the mountain. In spite of the ominous predictions, Jamling decided to go ahead with the climb, driven by his family's deep connection to the mountain and seeking to honor his father by reaching the summit. The story of the IMAX expedition (and the other less fortunate teams) is familiar to readers of earlier books on the subject -- such as Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air, -- but never before has it been told with such skill and emotional depth.
Steeped in the traditions and mythology of Tibetan Buddhism, Touching My Father's Soul is an unforgettable tale of adventure, peril, and determination. It is also a moving account of a son's desire to follow in his father's footsteps, regardless of the risk. (Julie Carr)