1) Write a journal entry post of the entire book up to this point. Discuss the book's strengths and weaknesses in your mind; talk about your feelings about the issues brought up; relate the book to real life and perhaps your own life; make predictions; discuss your feelings related to the book.
This book, so far, seems very good. It has alot of strengths and also some weaknesses. One strength is that is very interesting. There is something interesting on each page which makes easy to read. Another strength is that it is very educational. Every chapter is packed with useful facts and things like science and chemistry. The one weakness I see in the book is that you know what the climax is going to be. On the front cover it says "A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster". That tells you basically the basic plot of the book. That a bunch of people climb a mountain and die while doing it.
My main reaction from the book so far comes from Chapter 8 where Fischer's Sherpa, Nagwang gets sick with altitude sickness. The doctor at basecamp sends people up to help but he refuses any oxygen because he didn't want to tarnish his reputation as a Sherpa. This amazes me because this is a man close to death and all he could care about was his reutation. To me this shows great strength but also great stupidity because living is most important and your reputation doesn't even come close. I feel that this guy should be respected. I showed me that in real life you should always have your priorities in order.
My predictions for the book is that most people of the people in Krakauer's group is going to die from a terrible storm and that there is going to be a shortage of bottled oxygen which will cause alot of problems.