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I found much of this book rather long-winded with the author pounding on the same points over and over again. He does get the message across that our view of mountains has changed remarkably over the centuries. But time and again I found myself skimming through a chapter once I was half way through. The best part of this book is the chapters concentrating on George Mallory. It was the main reason I bought the book and it did round out Mallory's obsession with Chomolungma nicely. I'm in absolute awe of how those early mountaineers managed with kit you wouldn't trust in the Lake District nowadays. So; it's an OK read, the Mallory chapters give it an extra one or maybe one-and-a-half stars.
This book offers a light, readable breeze through our varied attitudes to mountains down the years. It touches on geology, glaciology, theories of evolution and milestones in mountaineering history - but sadly it only touches on them. It doesn't really get to grips with them and the ideas are mostly familiar. By the half way point the repetitions and the rather flowery imagery were becoming tedious. And the frequent personal reminiscences seem only vaguely related to the main subject.
I wasn't expecting another "Touching The Void", but, given that it's about mountains, I expected more than this.