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Above the Snow Line   By: (1850-1912)

Above the Snow Line by Clinton Thomas Dent

Above the Snow Line by Clinton Thomas Dent is a gripping and adventurous novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey into the treacherous mountains. Set in the rugged Alpine regions, the author masterfully transports us to a world where mountain climbers battle against both nature and themselves.

The novel centers around the protagonist, Hugh Westbury, an experienced climber with a passion for conquering the unexplored peaks. Dent crafts a deeply layered character, revealing Westbury's determination and resilience, as well as the demons that haunt him. As Westbury embarks on a perilous expedition to climb an unconquered mountain, readers are drawn into his emotional and physical turmoil.

Dent's writing style is both descriptive and evocative, painting a vivid picture of the stunning Alpine landscape. With every page, the author skillfully depicts the immense beauty, as well as the unforgiving and unpredictable nature of the mountains. Through his rich imagery, Dent effectively conveys the sense of awe and danger that permeates this majestic setting.

The novel also delves into the psychological and philosophical aspects of mountaineering. Dent deftly explores the inner conflicts faced by climbers, such as the constant struggle between pushing boundaries and acknowledging personal limitations. Through Westbury's internal monologues, we witness his profound reflections on life, death, and the pursuit of one's passions.

What sets Above the Snow Line apart is its realistic portrayal of the dangers and challenges inherent in mountaineering. Dent's extensive knowledge and experience in the field shine through, as he takes readers through treacherous crevasses, blinding snowstorms, and precarious ice formations. The author's attention to detail immerses readers in the heart-pounding action, making every step in the journey feel palpable.

Furthermore, Dent expertly captures the camaraderie and complex dynamics within climbing teams. The relationships between Westbury and his fellow climbers are realistically portrayed, highlighting the bond forged through shared experiences and the trust needed in life-or-death situations. These interactions add depth to the story and provide poignant moments of emotion amidst the physical challenges.

Above the Snow Line is a gripping, well-researched, and thought-provoking novel that seamlessly combines adventure, self-discovery, and the power of nature. Dent's strong writing, gripping plot, and richly developed characters make it a must-read for both avid climbers and those seeking a thrilling and introspective literary experience.

First Page:

ABOVE THE SNOW LINE

LONDON: PRINTED BY SPOTTISWOODE AND CO., NEW STREET SQUARE AND PARLIAMENT STREET

[Illustration: THE BIETSCHHORN. FROM THE PETERSGRAT]

ABOVE THE SNOW LINE

MOUNTAINEERING SKETCHES BETWEEN 1870 AND 1880

BY CLINTON DENT VICE PRESIDENT OF THE ALPINE CLUB

" Celui qui n'a jamais ses heures de folie est moins sage qu'il ne le pense " LA BRUYÈRE

WITH TWO ENGRAVINGS BY EDWARD WHYMPER AND AN ILLUSTRATION BY PERCY MACQUOID

LONDON LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO. 1885

All rights reserved

THESE SKETCHES OF MOUNTAINEERING I DEDICATE TO T. I. D. IN THE HOPE THAT A BOOK WITHOUT A HEROINE MAY, AT LEAST, ACQUIRE SOME FEMININE INTEREST

PREFACE

Some of the following sketches do not now appear for the first time; but such as have been before published in other form have been entirely re written, and, in great measure, recast... Continue reading book >>




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