Whatever you think about Jeffrey Archer, the author, it is true to say that he writes a rolicking good story. Paths of Glory is based on the true story of George Mallory (1886-1924) I have to confess of knowing little about this fascinating character – a climber, a teacher and above all someone who loved. This is the picture Archer presents for us.
I couldn’t put it down. Actually, I had been looking for an easy read and Yes, though it was easy to read, it was also fascinating, compelling and harrowing in parts. But more than anything it is the story of someone who comes across as a great hero.
There’s not much more to say than that – at least not if I don’t want to spoil it for you if you are inclined to have a go. Have a go at reading, I mean, rather than having a go at climbing. My days of climbing mountains are over and the highest I ever managed was 3000 feet, but in my heart I sometimes go striding over the mountains around Dalamory.
What about you?
Have you read the book?
Do you like climbing?
Do you like tales of heroes.