Storms of Silence

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Jonathan Cape, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
"In the same vivid anecdotal style, Joe recalls the severe snowstorm which put an end to an attempt with four others on Gangchempo and the infection which forced him to abandon the climb on Cho Oyu in Tibet. During that expedition he has a disturbing encounter with a party of political refugees and a 4 year old boy fleeing across the Tibetan border. He becomes obsessed with stories of Chinese brutality in the old world Tibet they overran by force 40 years ago. He also begins to question the ethics of playing rich men's games in Third World countries, contributing little to the local people who endure a fearful struggle to survive. Oppression abroad also makes him see mindless violence in his home town of Sheffield in a new light. The book ends with his first trip to the Andes in Peru since TOUCHING THE VOID. There, besides completing one dramatic and breathtaking climb, he is forced to witness violence nakedly exposed exposed in everyday life and to experience in quite unexpected circumstances the trauma of reliving the dance with death he described so vividly in his first bestselling book."

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User Review  - vguy - LibraryThing

Deeply disappointing. Enjoyed touching the Void years ago, perhaps because he had a story to tell. here we just get bitty ramblings, not much mountain, and clunking lumps of laddish humour.he has a good line in poetic-sounding titles but it doesn't extend into the body of the work. Read full review


Introduction Inner Voices ii
PART ONE I Throwing the Rice
Walking Wounded

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About the author (1996)

Joe Simpson is the author of several bestselling books of which the first, Touching the Void, won both the NCR Award and the Boardman Tasker Award. It has become a classic and an international bestseller, translated into fourteen languages and made into an award-winning film.

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