Framing the Dialogue

Paths of Glory

George Leigh Mallory was an English mountaineer who participated in the first three British expeditions to scale Mount Everest in the early 1920s.  He is famously quoted in a reply to the question “Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?” with: “Because it’s there.” Paths of Glory is a novel about Mallory’s obsession with reaching the summit of Mount Everest and his struggle between the two women he loved; his wife and Chomolungma (the Tibetan name for Everest which is short for “Jomo Miyolangsangma”  or Mother Goddess of the Universe).  Masterfully written by Jeffrey ArcherPaths of Glory was like watching Mallory’s life unfold and may make you question what you’ve always been taught about the foreboding mountain.

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