Into Thin Air-Initial Response

The book that I have decided to read for my ISU is “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer


This narrative is based on a true story about an American journalist, Jon Krakauer, and his journey of climbing Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.


As of the writing of the blog I have read 74 out of the 332 pages of the book, therefore, my ideas and thoughts on the book is strictly based on what I have read so far.

I found the first quarter of the book to be mediocre with many unnecessary information

The first 30 pages focus on introducing the readers to Mt. Everest and Jon Krakauer himself. A great deal of the first 20 pages is about the history of Mt. Everest like when it was named the tallest mountain in the world, how people reacted to it etc. Although these information were interesting, I think that there was too much of information and could be easily halved to get the same effect from it.

The background information helps the reader understand the human want to conquer things and attain the impossible.

The next 20 pages are spent giving a back story about Krakauer and how he used to be a mountain climber when he was younger. His backstory really added to the narrative as gave the reader a good idea of what kind of a person the narrator is and how he thinks. This is important to the reader as it creates a connection with the narrator from whom the reader is going to see the story from.

The reader is then introduced to Rob Hall who is the head guide and owner of the firm guiding Krakauer to the summit of Everest.

Overall, the first quarter of the story does a good job creating the setting by giving the reader a good explanation of Mount Everest and how much it means to people to be able to climb it. It also gives the reader a good understanding of Jon Krakauer and overall prepares the reader for the story that comes ahead.



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