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The abominable por Dan Simmons
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The abominable (edição 2014)

por Dan Simmons

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ALA Reading List Award for History, Short List A thrilling tale of high-altitude death and survival set on the snowy summits of Mount Everest, from the bestselling author of The Terror It's 1924 and the race to summit the world's highest mountain has been brought to a terrified pause by the shocking disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine high on the shoulder of Mt. Everest. By the following year, three climbers -- a British poet and veteran of the Great War, a young French Chamonix guide, and an idealistic young American -- find a way to take their shot at the top. They arrange funding from the grieving Lady Bromley, whose son also disappeared on Mt. Everest in 1924. Young Bromley must be dead, but his mother refuses to believe it and pays the trio to bring him home. Deep in Tibet and high on Everest, the three climbers -- joined by the missing boy's female cousin -- find themselves being pursued through the night by someone . . . or something. This nightmare becomes a matter of life and death at 28,000 feet - but what is pursuing them? And what is the truth behind the 1924 disappearances on Everest? As they fight their way to the top of the world, the friends uncover a secret far more abominable than any mythical creature could ever be. A pulse-pounding story of adventure and suspense, The Abominable is Dan Simmons at his spine-chilling best.… (mais)
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Título:The abominable
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Engrossing and richly developed. I couldn't put it down. ( )
  JBTaylor42 | Feb 7, 2021 |
Ce roman de Dan Simmons est dans la même veine que Terreur, Drood et Collines noires du même auteur, à savoir des romans qui empruntent une part d'histoire au réel et dans lesquels l'auteur imagine une explication plausible à des faits demeurés inexpliqués. Sa plume est toujours aussi affûtée et l'auteur nous entraîne encore une fois avec lui pour suivre ses personnages, qui prennent vie sous nos yeux, dans des aventures qu'il rend crédibles, intéressantes et pleines de suspense. Un plaisir de lecture, encore une fois ! ( )
  Patangel | Feb 4, 2021 |
After being thoroughly disgusted with "The Terror," I had very low expectations for this Simmons' novel. I also was anticipating the titular "Abominable" to play a role similar to the "Terror" in that book. It's kind of the way I felt about Kim Stanley Robinson's "Antarctica" -- I was expecting a thrilling horror epic, and instead get a fat book of technical information on how to mountain climb.

Also, you know how teachers tell you not to use Hitler as an example/evidence/proof/reference in your papers because that's just lazy and cliched? Yes, that. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Dan Simmons is another of my favorite authors. I believe I have read everything that he has written and enjoyed each and every one. This was really not an exception even though it received only a 4 star rating. The biggest complaint that I had with the book was the extensive detailed description of mountain climbing and mountain climbing technique. It’s a difficult book to say much about with giving away a lot of the story. The same with the ending… but I can say that the "Abominable" that the title refers to is truly abominable…was disturbing on several levels… and was not at all what I expected. It’s not The Terror…that was one of the best books Dan Simmons ever penned… but it is still a very worthwhile read. ( )
  Carol420 | Sep 12, 2020 |
The Abominable by Dan Simmons is one of those books where my enjoyment of it doesn't match how well I esteem the author. Given the caliber of much of Mr. Simmons other work, I suspect this may be a better book than I give it credit for.

It's just not one I enjoy all that much.

The Abominable is one of Mr. Simmons' entries in his historical thriller novels (the others being Drood and The Terror, neither of which I've read yet). In this book, a group of mountaineers attempts an Alpine-style climb of Mt. Everest in 1925, one year after George Mallory's final, fatal attempt. There's also a missing British lord, Tibetan monks, Nazis, and international intrigue.

Despite being a historical thriller, I think this novel would appeal most to fans of mountaineering memoirs like Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air. The book is mostly a detailed account of the techniques, strategy, and equipment used to climb Mt. Everest. No matter what—you'd better be interested in involved descriptions of the mechanics of mountain climbing if you're planning to read this book.

So this novel works well as a book about mountaineering. It doesn't work so well as a novel.

Everything about this book sets it up to be a supernatural thriller. But it's not. Not only because the threat turns out not be supernatural (which is actually no great loss) but because it takes forever for the threat to even show up. It takes too long, in fact, and I found myself getting bored and antsy waiting for something to happen.

I also dislike the core conceit of the novel. There's an author's introduction and afterword in which Mr. Simmons sets up a fairly standard "found manuscript" premise which I find entirely unnecessary. I understand what he meant to do with it but it's clunky and it adds nothing—the story could exist exactly as it is without this premise. Indeed, if anything, this premise reduces the overall tension because you know from the outset that the narrator survives.

There's a basic challenge for any author who writes historical fiction: On the one hand, you want to show the reader enough interesting people and events from the time period to excite them and transport them to that world. But on the other, you can't throw in so many significant things that it becomes unbelievable. For the main character to encounter too many famous people and participate in too many important events makes it difficult for the reader to maintain credulity.

Too much of The Abominable is incredulous. The main character meets too many historically significant people, is present at too many historically significant places, etc. It's too much for me to easily accept it.

Moreover, the mechanics of the mountaineering—while detailed and well-researched—are based on anachronisms which require the reader to ignore too much of the established history of mountain climbing. Most egregiously, the characters invent technology that won't exist for another couple of decades. But the story is set up in such a way that several aspects of the plot wouldn't be possible without these anachronisms.

For a historical fiction novel to depend to such a degree on explicitly ahistorical elements suggests that the underlying concept is fundamentally flawed (unless we're dealing with alternate history SF, which this book most certainly is not).

Throughout this novel, I'm reminded of a writing teacher I once knew, whose favorite criticism was to tell people, "Your research is showing." An author of historical fiction must do enough detailed research to accurately render the world. However, that research should support the story unobtrusively, organically.

Clearly, Mr. Simmons undertook a voluminous amount of research in order to write this book. In the mountaineering sections, this level of detailed research lends verisimilitude to descriptions of the climb, how it affects the characters, and the nature of the environment (egregious anachronisms and all). In the non-mountaineering parts, however, his historical research intrudes to an uncomfortable degree. It too often comes across as the author showing off how much he knows, whether it serves the story or not.

It's the kind of "everything-in-the-pot" style of storytelling which comes off as unfocused and jumbled.

In conclusion, The Abominable is a historical fiction novel which is too anachronistic to be possible and packed with too many significant coincidences to be believable. It pretends to be a supernatural thriller with nothing supernatural and too little thrill. It's bookended by a premise that's completely unnecessary and defuses much of the potential tension.

So unless you're really interested in exhaustive technical descriptions of an Alpine-style attempt to climb Mt. Everest, and the physical and mental effects such a climb exerts on people, I don't see any compelling reason for you to bother with this book. ( )
  johnthelibrarian | Aug 11, 2020 |
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Simmons (The Terror, 2007, etc.) never met an opportunity for allusive terror that he didn’t like, and though his latest is set mostly in the Himalayas, he pays quiet tribute to Poe’s Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and perhaps Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, with a dash of Raiders of the Lost Ark for leavening.
adicionada por Lemeritus | editarKirkus Review (Sep 4, 2013)
 
Even Jake Perry, the fictional travelogue author Dan Simmons “meets” in his latest novel, jokes that his reader may not make it through this “endless stack of notebooks.” But lovers of Simmons’s blend of alternate history, mystery, and myth will appreciate this three-act thriller set in the interwar years.... As usual, Simmons doesn’t answer all the questions he’s raised when the mysteries surrounding the loss of Percy Bromley are resolved, but his fans, like Jake, are sure to enjoy the journey.
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ALA Reading List Award for History, Short List A thrilling tale of high-altitude death and survival set on the snowy summits of Mount Everest, from the bestselling author of The Terror It's 1924 and the race to summit the world's highest mountain has been brought to a terrified pause by the shocking disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine high on the shoulder of Mt. Everest. By the following year, three climbers -- a British poet and veteran of the Great War, a young French Chamonix guide, and an idealistic young American -- find a way to take their shot at the top. They arrange funding from the grieving Lady Bromley, whose son also disappeared on Mt. Everest in 1924. Young Bromley must be dead, but his mother refuses to believe it and pays the trio to bring him home. Deep in Tibet and high on Everest, the three climbers -- joined by the missing boy's female cousin -- find themselves being pursued through the night by someone . . . or something. This nightmare becomes a matter of life and death at 28,000 feet - but what is pursuing them? And what is the truth behind the 1924 disappearances on Everest? As they fight their way to the top of the world, the friends uncover a secret far more abominable than any mythical creature could ever be. A pulse-pounding story of adventure and suspense, The Abominable is Dan Simmons at his spine-chilling best.

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