Monday, December 04, 2006

Armchair adventuring

Hot on the heels of the last adventure book, I'm now reading Touching the Void. You might remember the movie a few years ago, based on a true story about two guys who run into trouble on a mountaineering trip in the Andes.

No, it's not the one about the football team that ends up eating each other.

It's the one about what happens when you go climbing, fall and end up risking the life of the person who's stopping you from tumbling into the abyss.

I'm not going to deny this book is well-written, but if ever a book could be improved by a little celluloid magic it's this one. There was a load of climbing jargon and no glossary. Too lazy to look for my dictionary, I had to guess what a col is, and whether a serac is an ice formation or local slang for mountain goat droppings.

It's still a gripping story, but I'm going to look out for the DVD.

4 comments:

happy and blue 2 said...

I think I saw that movie. I really didn't like it..

Angela said...

I think some people who write books make up words as they go to see if anyone will notice.

Violet said...

happyandblue2: why didn't you like it?

angela: I certainly noticed a huge gap in my vocabulary, that's for sure...

glomgold said...

I was curious about it. I'll look for a review here. And, possibly, for a review by happyandblue2 just for balance purposes.