The subject of the book Touching The Void Is about three adventurers that climb a mountain and have something go terribly wrong. Joe, Simon, and Richard ascend the mountain in search of the summit. “Of rough walking and, and surrounded by by ice mountains.” Page 15. Richard stays at the base camp while Joe and Simon head out. “What time you’ll be back?” Richard asked. Page 20 Joe and Richard reach the summit of the mountain and on the descent Joe breaks his knee. They try to make it back down but they get stuck. Simon has no other choice but to cut the rope and let Joe fall. Simon continues back down with the guilt of having killed his friend. Little does Simon know, Joe is alive crawling back down the mountain fighting for his life.
The mountains where the story takes place is the Peruvian Andes. “We were in the middle of the Cordillera Huayhuash, in the Peruvian Andes.” Page 15. What changed their whole experience was when Joe broke his knee. I paused, then I said as unemotionally as I could: “I’ve broken my leg.” Page 74. The event altered their story of the great adventure they had and how they beat everyone. For both of them it was ever changing moment in their lives. Simon felt guilty for cutting the rope on Joe. He had to crawl his way down the freezing mountain injured. All of this because of climbing to the summit of a mountain.
The audience which the book appeals to is for those adventurous and suspenseful readers. It is an adventure with the ascent of the mountain and its travels. Adventurers will like this book for the climb and amazing views. “The majestic 21,000 Siula Grande.” Page 16. It is suspenseful in describing the ascent, descent, and fall. It describes the suffering and sorrow of losing a friend and of another being hurt. The freak accident of Joe breaking his knee and what the characters go through is suspenseful. “I could see a whole range of reactions in his face.” Page 74. It is these types of lines which make the story exciting.
The authors purpose for writing this book is to tell his dangerous journey on the Andes mountains. “In writing this book I felt I was taking a gamble with the odds stacked against me.” Page 218. He wanted to tell...