The Summit of the Gods

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Press: Ponent Mon; 1st edition (September 30, 2009)
Author Name:Baku, Yumemakura/ Taniguchi, Jiro


[b]BECAUSE IT'S THERE.[/b] George Herbert Leigh Mallory is said to have given this in reply to the question Why do you want to climb Mount Everest? On his third expedition in June 1924, Mallory and his climbing partner, Andrew Irvine, disappeared on the North-East ridge during their ascent, having been sighted only a few hundred meters from the summit. 
In 1993, in a small Nepalese store, Makoto Fukamachi, photographer for a Japanese expedition to conquer Mount Everest, stumbles across an old camera - a Vest Pocket Autographic Kodak Special.
Could it be Mallory's camera? Did it hold the secret of whether Mallory and Irvine made it to the summit almost three decades before Hillary? Taniguchi's realistic art and Baku's tireless script will take you to such heights that mountaineers only dream about.


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Comment List (Total:5)

  •     One of the best graphic novels I have ever read. Incredibly evocative, and manages to capture the hubris of human ambition, everest as more than just a physical space and the end of the era of classic mountaineering. As someone who works in the Himalayas, this series was truly special.
  •     Japanese style manga. Right to left. As a manga fan I prefer reading it Japanese style. This book is truly monumental in scope and achievement. Akin to photo realism than manga. Black and white artwork. Paperback which all graphic novels should be for easy handling. Great book. Great Experience!
  •     why on Earth was this book published in the English language backwards? In other words, it was published just the way it was in Japan: the person holding the book has to read the book from right to left, but in English. If this was translated and published in the English language, it should've been published in the western reading format, that is, from left to right. As is, it's very confusing to read, and almost impossible for the reader to focus properly on the right way to turn the pages.Retarded move by the publisher, no question about it.:(
  •     Truly awesome, fantastic, inspiring manga - fine art illustration coupled with a plot that keeps moving along. This series is among my absolute favorites of Japanese artists, easily equal in depth to Tezuka Osamu's Adolf. Dig the tortured anti-hero dropping out of society, the introspective reporter trying to track him down while battling his own failures, and lots more turns and twists in later volumes.Evan Tick CITI
  •     This is an absolutely fantastic Manga. The story is riveting, the illustrations are gorgeous and the characters are extremely well written and 3 dimensional. If you like photography, the outdoors, beautiful artwork, and great storytelling do not hesitate to buy this book you won't regret it!

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