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Paths of GloryPaths of Glory by Jeffrey Archer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I've read a number of books by Archer (loved First Among Equals), but this biography of George Mallory, the team-leader on the first two European attempts to ascend Everest (and possibly even the first to reach the summit) is the first non-fiction I've read by him.

It was up to Archer's usual prose standard, which is fairly high. However, I did have extended periods of a little voice in the back of my head saying "he [Archer] couldn't know this." I like there to be a brighter line between "biography" and "historical fiction" than the one Archer draws. The other problem I have is that at times this biography/true life adventure comes across as more hagiography than biography.

But, that said, I felt my time was well-spent with this book. Even if Archer himself apparently leaves a lot to be desired.



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goodscagirl
Jan. 11th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
lookie 2 comments 2 posts :)

I really like Lisa Gardner - if you like mystery she is someone I always recommend.
meirwen
Jan. 12th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
I'll give Gardner a look!
wldrose
Jan. 12th, 2011 12:14 am (UTC)
have you read his "as the crow flys"

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meirwen
Jan. 12th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
No. Worthy?
wldrose
Jan. 12th, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
I liked it well enough to reread it a few years later

more like mitchner or ruthaferd this one is a bit simplistec but its about the life of a department store and its owners

(I also loved god is an englishman and theirs was the kingdom by Delderfeild that is something I adore)
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