Title: Savage Summit: The Life and Death of the First Women on K2
Author: Jennifer Jordan
Published: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 353
Rating: 3/5

This is the story of the first six women who made it to the top of K2, the Savage Mountain.

You probably don't know this, but I have this weird fascination with people who decide to climb the highest mountains on earth, and I've watched loads of documentaries and movies about it. This, however, is the first book I've read on the subject.

I think there's something appealing about reading of the rather few women, and people in general, who've made it up to such a perilous place, a place where, with every breath, you are literally dying (at least a lot faster than us average mortals). And because of my interest in this topic, I found this quite a delight to read. I felt I got to know the women pretty well, and I especially liked how the author portrayed them as not only women, but people, faults and all. I also think it captures the way this mountain just speaks to some people's souls quite well.

I do think there's a slight lack in depth in this book, and personally, I thought some of it felt a bit... far-fetched. In the beginning of the book, the author states that she's included some thoughts of the women which really has no base in fact; just what one would think a person might think in such a dangerous situation, and I wish she'd have left those parts out. Yes, one can speculate, but unless you really know a person, you can't really even begin to guess, so for me those parts were wholly unnecessary.

Nevertheless, I thought this book was very much worth the read if you're interested in this topic, or if you just want to read about some captivating and intriguing women who've been to a place very few people will ever see.
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