Into Thin Air
Into Thin Air is without a doubt a unique and outstanding novel that grips the reader?s interest and holds onto it until the very last paragraph. What makes it so unique is the fact that the story is told in the first person by one of the few survivors of the deadly climb. Each tragic episode is described in grotesque detail which is clear right from the beginning. The first chapter of the book catapults the reader to the summit of Mt. Everest, moments before the tragic chain of events that made up the disaster begin. The narrative hook is clear within the first couple of paragraphs. The narrator reaches the summit and then shortly after begins his decent where he suffers from a great loss of oxygen. He then looks down the side of the mountain to see a deadly storm building. The first chapter ends with the statement that the storm ahead ?by the end of the day, every minute will count.?
There after the author spends time educating the reader of the background of the mountain and events leading up to what happened in the first chapter. Krakauer does a
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