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Two Shadows - The inspirational story of one mans triumph over adversity
This captivating autobiography reveals the remarkable story behind a man known for his passion for mountain climbing, his irrepressible and often unique sense of humor, and his fascinating tales of adventure and mis-adventure.
||Two Shadows - The inspirational story of one mans triumph over adversity
|| (5.00 of 5)
|The extensive list of mountaineering and climbing areas listed in the
table of contents for this book was a big draw for me, including climbs in
Bolivia, Peru, USSR, India, Africa, Europe, and Nepal. Still, I wasn''t sure
what to expect from an autobiography from an author who had written
only guidebooks in the past.
I was not disappointed, to say the least. Some of the climbing stories
were true mountaineering epics, keeping me on the edge of my seat.
Other chapters emphasized the adventure of traveling overseas as
Charlie and friends tried to sort out the mysteries of foreign travel, foreign
foods, and foreign customs, often with hilarious results. My favorite
chapter in this portion of the book, though, had to be the collection of
short “vignettes” related to his many years of hiking, climbing, peak-
bagging, and expeditions.
But this book is far more than a collection of fascinating climbing stories
– even though it could stand on its own merit on that alone. Charlie’s
early life and descent into a pattern of worse and worse behavior is a
moving account of neglect and abuse, although he holds only himself to
blame for his actions during that part of his life. I don’t think it’s a
“spoiler” to explain that he ended up in prison at age 18, since that''s
disclosed on the back cover & in the very early pages. His description of
his prison experiences and his transformation into a productive, honest
man give me hope that some of our current “troubled youth” may be able
to turn their lives around if given the right tools and support.
Two Shadows is entertaining, sobering, funny, frightening, and an
inspiring read on several levels. Read it for the adventures, but also for
the inspiration of Charlie’s passion for life.
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