By Tanis Rideout
The Paris Wife meets Into skinny Air in this breathtaking debut novel of obsession and divided loyalties, which brilliantly weaves jointly the harrowing tale of George Mallory's ill-fated 1924 try to be the 1st guy to overcome Mount Everest, with that of a unmarried day within the lifetime of his spouse as she waits at domestic in England for information of his go back.
A alluring combination of historic truth and innovative fiction, Above All Things strikes seamlessly from side to side among the epic tale of Mallory's mythical ultimate day trip and a heartbreaking account of an afternoon within the lifetime of Ruth Mallory. via George's viewpoint, and that of the latest member of the hiking group, Sandy Irvine, we get an remarkable photograph of the negative dangers taken by way of the boys at the treacherous terrain of the Himalaya. however it is thru Ruth's eyes advanced portrait of a wedding emerges, one cast at the eve of the 1st global struggle, shadowed through its losses, and haunted through the ubiquitous hazard that George would possibly not come domestic.
Drawing on years of study, this robust and wonderfully written novel is a undying tale of hope, redemption, and the lengths we're keen to head for honour, glory, and love.
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And can you imagine, in one minute’s silence, the moment when the bloodied Diggers finally reached the razored heights of Gallipoli where the Lone Pine grew… to see that the hazy Turkish horizon was as impossible to reach as a castle in the clouds. And you can imagine, in one minute’s silence, as the Turkish fighters stood strong and straight in their freezing trenches… that the dream they dreamed, of going home, circled like a dove that might soon settle in quietened hearts. In one minute’s silence, you can imagine the Anzacs strengthening their front lines as if to fight through every hour of every day of the bitter Turkish winter… yet in secret they were preparing to leave the cliffs and beaches of Gallipoli seven days before Christmas in 1915.
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But can you imagine the fierce Anzacs and the fighting Turks quietly returning to their trenches after this one day of truce… then firing at each other that afternoon, although they truly knew that the other men were not so much different after all. In one minute’s silence, can you imagine what the Turkish fighters felt when they knew they could hold the high ground … and the rain that lashed them felt like tears of joy. And can you imagine, in one minute’s silence, the moment when the bloodied Diggers finally reached the razored heights of Gallipoli where the Lone Pine grew… to see that the hazy Turkish horizon was as impossible to reach as a castle in the clouds.