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Paths of Glory summary ¾ 108 ç Some people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them their place in history would be guaranteed  People like Christopher Columbus Isaac Newton Florence Nightingale Thomas Edison Nancy Astor Charles Lindbergh Amy Johnson Edmund Hilary and Neil Armstrong—their unparalleled success has made thSome people have dreams that are so magnificent that if they were to achieve them their place in history would be guaranteed  People like Christopher Columbus Isaac Newton Florence Nightingale Thomas Edison Nancy Astor Charles Lindbergh Amy Johnson Edmund Hilary and Neil Armstrong their unparalleled success has made their stories into legendBut what if one man had such a dream and once he’d achieved it there was no proof that he had fulfilled his ambitionJeffrey Archer. This is a novel based on a historical event whose outcome is unknown George Mallory loved climbing mountains and he had a lifelong dream of climbing to the summit of Mt Everest 29002 ft He also wanted to be the first man to do so He promised his wife he would only attempt the climb once and if it wasn't successful he'd be content to let that lover go Funded by the Royal Geographic Society of Great Britain the first expedition led by Mallory in 1921 wasn't successful A few years later in 1924 he led another expedition determined to be successful this time But George Mallory and another climber didn't return to camp as scheduled after leaving to make the last part of the climb to the summit In fact Mallory's body wasn't discovered until 1999 He died about 1500 ft from the summit The uestion is did he and the other climber die before making it to the top of the world or did they die after reaching the summit but were unable to make it back to camp Paths of Glory is such a well researched well written and very captivating based on true events story The love of George and Ruth Mallory made the story even endearing I got really teary at the end and I don't do that easily; not even in movies History books record Sir Edmund Hillary as the first to make it to the summit of Mt Everest in 1953 But was that the truth I highly recommend reading Paths of Glory

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T is there” On his third try in 1924 at age thirty seven he was last seen four hundred feet from the top His body was found in 1999 and it remains a mystery whether he and his climbing partner Andrew Irvine ever reached the summitIn fact not until you’ve turned the last page of Archer’s extraordinary novel will you be able to decide if George Mallory should be added to that list of legends while another name would have to be removed  Paths of Glory is truly a trium. This is not a book I would normally read but someone in my book club wanted to review it and I was lent a copy so I decided to give it a go I must say it surprised me I liked it a great deal I have never read Jeffery Archer before His writing is not flowery but crisp fast paced and human I wasn’t familiar with the story of George Mallroy who made the first attempts to climb Everest Archer painted a picture of Mallroy as a man that was driven honorable loving a climbers climber from the time he was a small child and self confident perhaps to a fault But the real story and perhaps the one that kept me in was his relationship to his wife He wrote her every day when they were apart even from a tent at the 40 below heights of Everest They had three children together and he seemed to thrive on his family life He was a bit scattered usually late and disorganized He ended up teaching school when he couldn’t get into a PHD program at Cambridge His wife Ruth came from a wealthy family Her father wanted to keep them in a life style in which she was accustomed They weren’t socialites but appeared to be dedicated to home and familyGeorge climbed everything including the Eiffel Tower he spent time in a French jail for this and the Basilica in the Pizza San Marco in Venice to impress Ruth before they were a couple He narrowly escaped from the Italian Police When you have climbed everything there is nothing left but Everest especially when no one has ever done it before After the first failed attempt when he had a sense of how foolhardy it was how unpredictable the weather was how difficult the breathing was at that altitude how devastating it was to lose men in avalanches how could he go back when he knew the dangers It seemed selfish to me for him to jeopardize his life at the expense of his children and a woman who he professed so great a love I chalk it up to self confidence gone awry especially since he was in uncharted territory He thought he was subject to different rules because of his great strength and abilities I believe he also got caught up in the push from others who wanted him to succeed and thought he could I recommend it even to skeptics of Everest stories

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Paths of Glory’s new novel Paths of Glory is the story of such a man George Mallory Born in 1886 he was a brilliant student who became part of the Bloomsbury Group at Cambridge in the early twentieth century and served in the Royal Garrison Artillery during World War I After the war he married had three children and would have spent the rest of his life as a schoolteacher but for his love of mountain climbingMallory once told a reporter that he wanted to climb Mt Everest “because i. My second Jeffrey Archer and I liked it The first book I read by him was A Prisoner of Birth 3 stars and it was a retelling of Alexander Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo 4 stars Now this book is based on the life story of George Mallory 1886 1924 who was said to be the first human being who reached the top of Mt Everest in 1924 He and his friend Andrew Sandy Irving disappeared that year and were last seen 800 vertical feet from the summit Despite the many attempts prior Mallory's body was only found in 1999 totally preserve in ice about 600 feet from the top Whether he reached the top or not is still being debated and investigated up to now If proven that he succeeded he will unseat Sir Edmund Hillary 1919 2008Forget about the details of the mountain climbing though This book is not a historical account of the climb and felt like the love story of George Mallory and his wife Ruth Turner 1892 1942 The story opens when George was a little boy frolicking on the beach and without his family noticing he walked towards a huge rock and when his pastor father saw him the father did not run after his son because he was amazed that the boy was very brave and did not have any hint of risk Mallory lived a normal life as an English professor and dabbled on writing until he decided in 1924 to climb the Mount Everest When asked why he said because it is there and these 4 words are not very popular among mountaineers around the world Did Mallory succeed or fail in conuering Mt Everest We don't know right But did Jeffrey Archer make hints in his novel Yes he did In my opinion the last letter that Mallory sent to Ruth revealed that he was not physically fit to climb any and he was afraid to close his eyes because if he did he knew that he might not be able to open it any wrote Archer What was Archer's basis I don't know According to Wiki Mallory's daughter said that he must have succeeded because the photograph of Ruth was not found in Mallory's body You see Mallory loved his wife so much that he brought a photo of Ruth and promised his wife that he would put it on top of the mountain if he got there Forgive me for it took me this long to realize that you are important to me than life itself was the last sentence in that letter by George Mallory to his wife Ruth Turner Mallory was 37 years old when he disappeared on Mt Everest Regardless of whether he succeeded or not the fact that his body was found only 600 meters before the summit is good enough for me We all know that the ice is melting and it should be easier to reach the peak now compared to in 1924 when global warming was still unknown to many peopleGeorge Mallory sir in my heart I know you reached the top