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article imageReview: The conquest of Everest subject of Wade Davis' Into The Silence Special

By KJ Mullins     Feb 29, 2012 in Entertainment
Into The Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest by Wade Davis takes readers on a wild journey that gives a true insight why George Mallory's three attempts at pushing to the top of Mount Everest took place.
Davis craftily weaves the back stories of those on the three British expeditions in 1921, 1922 and 1924 to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Without the background information of who these men were the story would be incomplete, for climbing to the top of the world was just one feat for the hearty Brits.
Into The Silence is on the Charles Taylor Prize 2012 shortlist. The winner will be announced on March 5, 2012 in Toronto.
Many of those who took on Everest had survived the Great War. For those who fought with so many that never made it back from the battlefield death held a different meaning. They had already faced death and the worse of the human condition before ever stepping foot on the snowy pathway to the highest point on the Earth.
Wade Davis  Into The Silence
Wade Davis' Into The Silence
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The climb came at a time when little was known about oxygen deprivation. The men who attempted the feat were each stressed beyond what was physically possible suffering medical ailments along the way yet the chance to see their mission through was the ultimate goal.
History knows that the summit would not be broken for decades but George Mallory and those with him set records of endurance that are still considered to be worthy.
In the end Everest won, with Mallory and Sandy Irvine's broken bodies left behind in 1924. It would be almost 75 years until the discovery of Mallory's remains. Did Mallory conquer the climax? It's a question that only the great peak and the dead can answer.
Wade Davis' detailing of every aspect of the journey brings this part of history into a clear light that has not been shone before. To be honest conquering the detailed tome of Into The Silence is a feat in itself. The back stories of each of the teams that went to Everest is a long, detailed process. While each of these pieces are part of the whole Into The Silence is not an easy read. This is not a quick read nor should it be. To understand the why of Everest takes time. The time is well spent.
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