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"Coffey begins where Jon Krakauer left off. His characters strive, suffer and vanish 'into thin air.' This compelling book offers voices from the other side of the mountaineering story - those left behind."
- Los Angeles Times
"...an important book...Coffey is an accomplished author with the specific expertise to make this book the great read that it is."
- Gripped Magazine
"This book is a page-turner: Coffey's writing style is direct and ferociously honest, while her use of emotionally gripping anecdotes infuses an engaging, novelistic feel...A gripping must-read."
- American Alpine Journal
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Posted February 12, 2013
Where The Mountain Casts Its Shadow interested me from the very beginning. After reading a couple pages i could barely keep my head
out of it. The book is about hikers and climbers who go through all these dangerous hikes on the worlds biggest mountains, some never
make it back home, but their story is told. These climbers put their own life in jeopardy to be satisfied when climbing mountains that no other
person would ever dream of climbing. The major message that the book sends to its reader, is to never give up on something you truly love.
A lot of the climbers in the book get hurt or injured severly, but they fight to get back to what they love to do the most. They never give up on
their goals or their families. This is one of the reason i like this book because i can relate to climbers, not in the same sense of climbing, but
in sports. I like how the author Maria Coffey tells the stories about the life they live and the dangers they go through every hike. What i didn't
like about the book is all the statistics about hikers and the stress that families go through when a family memeber goes on a challenging hike.
In my opinion i think people should read this book because its very interesting and it shows why people hike and why they go through all the
trouble just to get to the top of a mountain. Thats why i gave this book a 4 out 5.
Posted October 8, 2006
Although most outdoor adventure novels interest me, after reading Where the Mountain Casts its Shadow, I found my self uninterested and unsatisfied. The novel is about extreme mountain climbers who put their lives in immense danger for the adrenalin rush and to overcome seemingly impossible feats. Although the author Maria Coffey does a good job of telling about the tragic adventures at times she tends to talk about the climbers families and the physiology of the climbers too much. One reoccurring theme of the novel is that even if the climbers become injured or even an amputee they still return to the sport they love. Coffey talks about the horrible stress families are put through. She does this to vent her own grief of losing a loved one and to show not only what it is like for the climber but also for family and friends. One thing I disliked was that Coffey tried to give reasons for why people marry these adrenalin junkies. This clearly is Coffey just venting her grief about the lose of her loved one and asking her self why she was so attracted to this kind of person. Coffey interviews many famous climbers to try and find the reason why they climb. Some say that their thirst for the mountains is an addiction and others say, 'Endurance, fear, suffering cold, and the state between survival and death are such strong experiences that we want them again and again.' (Reinhold Messner) Allot of the novel is spent answering questions like Why do people climb? And what attracts any one to these kinds of people? Both of these questions do not interest me. I want to hear about how they battled against the elements, not why they climbed in the first place. Overall I give this book a 4 out of 10 and would not suggest reading it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2004
Coffey is to be applauded for asking the hard questions about the climbing game. In my experience, mountaineers too often pay lip service to the death toll in the hills, regardless of their own struggles with grief and fear. I think it's because grief and fear become so tied up together for a high-altitude climber of any enduring ambition, it becomes very difficult for them to honestly talk about the issues -- because it's all very close to the surface and uncomfortable. Coffey's exploration, filtered through her own grief, is compelling but not complete. What's missing is that internal monologue where grief and fear are seen to be in starkest play. I certainly recommend Coffey's book, but I would urge you to look at the new book by Peter Hillary, `In The Ghost Country', to complete the picture of the dark side. There you'll enter Hillary's mind and find the grief and fear of the game working there for all to see, a lifetime of horror playing out in his head on a walk to the South Pole. I love both books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 14, 2011
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