Into Thin Air


Author: Jon Krakauer

Non-Fiction/HB/1997/293 pp

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I read Into the Wild, Krakauer’s book about a rich kid who gave away his money, burned his wallet, and went to live off the land with absolutely no knowledge of or experience with or concept of living off the land—especially not in the punishing land that makes up Alaska. (Spoiler: he died within three months.)

Into Thin Air got really good reviews, and sort of established Jon Krakauer as the go-to guy for books like it. I guess, though, that I overestimated my ability to stay interested in a doomed mountain climbing expedition.

This is not odd, by the way.

I’m just curious about the banner at the top of my copy that says: “A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster.” This is strange to me because it makes it sounds as though there has only ever been one Mt. Everest disaster, and that just doesn’t even sound plausible. Mountain climbing, as far as I can tell, is almost always an unspoken wish for disaster.

Buy this book, and while you’re waiting for it to arrive at your house, listen to this podcast about The Dyatlov Pass Incident.

Oh! And I will include with your purchase a bookmark. Okay, not really a bookmark, but an advertising postcard that was stuck in the book when I bought it used from Goodwill several years ago. (See photo.)