Wednesday, the 19th of January, and time for Shelf Control once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what its about, why you want to read it, when you got it, and such. If you participate, don’t forget to link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks as well!
This week, my pick is by an author I used to enjoy reading a lot, but somehow haven’t read too much of lately, Jeffrey Archer. I’ve read quite a few of his novels which I enjoyed (including The Fourth Estate, a fictional telling of Rupert Murdoch and Robert Maxwell’s stories), but I especially like his short stories for the twists he almost always has which one never sees coming. Not having read him in a while, I find there are quite a few titles I’d love to catch up with which besides today’s pick includes his detective series featuring the character William Warwick.
Today’s pick, Paths of Glory (2009), tells the story of George Mallory, a brilliant student who was part of the Bloomsbury Group. Born in 1886, he also served in the Great War, married and had three children. Mallory would have happily spent his life as a school teacher but there was one thing he loved far more–climbing mountains, something he was introduced to during his time at Winchester College. His lifelong dream in fact was to climb Mount Everest. In 1924, on his third attempt to conquer Everest, Mallory was seen 400 feet (some accounts say 800) from the top but then disappeared. In 1999, his body was found, and it has never been determined whether he and his climbing partner, Andrew Levine made it to the summit. Paths of Glory imagines their story.
This sounds another exciting page turner from Archer’s pen, and is a book I had not come across till a neighbour left some of their books with us when they moved house. This was one of the two Archer books in that pile. Also writing this post I found that this book also generated a lot of controversy which also was a kind of spoiler as to the end but I guess it is the story and how it is told that matters. I’m definitely looking forward to picking up this one, and think it would make for an entertaining read. Incidentally, I haven’t read very many books involving mountaineering either (the only one that comes to mind is Seven Years in Tibet, the initial part of which did describe their journey to Tibet).
Have you read this one? How did you like it? Any other/s by Archer which you particularly enjoyed? Looking forward to your thoughts and recommendations!
Lisa’s pick this week is The Touch by Colleen McCullough, a saga with romance, tragedy, history and passion