Title: Paths of Glory
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Genre: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
Publisher: Pan Books
Paths of Glory is an interpretation of the life of George Mallory. This book claims that Mallory realized his lifelong dream of conquering Mount Everest 29 years before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay achieved their feat.
The topic has always remained a controversy since 1924 when Mallory and his fellow Andrew Irvine attempted to reach the summit of Mt. Everest but never returned alive. They were last seen by Noel Odell (another mountaineer climbing behind them) when they were around 1000 meters below the peak of the mountain before disappearing into an extreme storm heading their way. Whether they actually reached the top or not, continues to remain a mystery till date.
It was not until 1999, when Irvine’s and Mallory’s frozen bodies were found that the debate fired up again. Efforts are still underway to discover any clue or proof of what actually happened on that fateful day.
Archer, with his mesmerizing narration, does a brilliant job in bringing George Mallory alive again in print. A beautiful book and a must read for all Archer fans.