Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Book Recap..

As a rest breaks during my other reading/studying I was hooked on this book and finished it this morning. Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston. Yes, this is the story of the climber/mountaineer that got his arm stuck and had to self amputate it in order to survive. Aron does a great job diving right into the set up and how he becomes trapped and then the book flip flops from chapter to chapter on his growing up and life experience's and other near death situations where he could have died as well. I found the catch for this book in him being trapped knowing that he was going to have to amputate his arm at some point. Aron does a great job describing the details while he is trapped and how is mind works continuously to resolve the entrapment with many different ideas and keeping track of his vital signs though out the 5 days. It's truly amazing to know you can stay awake for 127 hours! (The world record for staying awake is 11 days but that is with no severe trauma to one's arm and lack of food and water in the desert) I won't explain the details of how he gets his arm arm but I will say that he does not saw or cut it off as it is commonly known. Aron is a totally amazing guy with unbelievavle ideas during his entrapment. His experience in mountaineering, self control, calmness, and his will to survive truly keeps him alive. Aron did go through some very hard times and even documented his last will/testament with a video recorder, etched RIP in the rock next to his entrapment and even drank his own urine once running out of water.
Overall, this is a great book if your interested in what happened and his story if you don't want to read it, email and I will give you more details as to what happened.
Next book I'm reading is Trump 101: The Way to Success. Actually started reading it already and it's a short book so should be done in a couple of days.


Sarah said...

I have mixed feelings about Aron Ralston. Obviously an interesting guy who got into a very bad situation, and a great survival story.

But a part of me can't help but think that if he'd just followed a basic rule of climbing/hiking/mountaineering -- let someone know where you are going and when you expect to retun -- then he might not have lost his arm, etc.

And my cynical side says that losing his arm may be the best thing that ever happened to him, since it made him famous.

Anyway, sounds like a pretty good read, I may have to check it out.

Andra Sue said...

I read the Aron Ralston book a couple years ago when it came out. Really enjoyed it--very interesting and inspirational, I thought. No cynical comments for ya on that one, but the Trump book? Eeesh. :)

JohnnyTri said...

Sarah, He states that he failed to follow the rule and inform someone where/when he was going. The first time ever he did that and it cost him.

Andra sue, come on, The Donald! It's a love hate relationship I see, lol.. Almost done with that book.

thanks for chiming in..

Allez said...

You need to start the Johnnytri Book Club :-)