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  • Title: The Villain: The Life of Don Whillans
  • Author: Jim Perrin
  • ISBN: 9780099416722
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Paperback

  • A fascinating, thought provoking biography of a climbing legend.Don Whillans has been an icon for generations of climbers His first ascent of Annapurna s South Face with Dougal Haston in 1970, remains one of the most impressive climbs ever made a standard to which all contemporary Himalayan climbers aspire But Perrin examines the tough reality behind Whillans formidabA fascinating, thought provoking biography of a climbing legend.Don Whillans has been an icon for generations of climbers His first ascent of Annapurna s South Face with Dougal Haston in 1970, remains one of the most impressive climbs ever made a standard to which all contemporary Himalayan climbers aspire But Perrin examines the tough reality behind Whillans formidable achievements the character of the man himself Despite his skill and daring, Whillans was a savage tongued, hell raising scrapper turned down for a Queen s Birthday honour, because of a violent fracas with the police Coming out of a world miles away from the environment of the upper class climbers who dominated the sport, Whillans forceful, uncompromising personality gave him superstar status the flawed heroism of a Best, a McEnroe, or an Ali.From the Hardcover edition.
    Jim Perrin
    Jim Perrin is an English rock climber and travel writer.Perrin has lived in Wales since the age of 17 Before turning to writing, he worked in Cwm Pennant as a shepherd As a writer, he has made regular contributions to a number of newspapers and climbing magazines As a climber, he has developed new routes, as well as making solo ascents of a number of established routes.He has won the Boardman Tasker prize twice, first for Menlove 1985 , his biography of John Menlove Edwards, and again as a joint winner alongside Andy Cave s Learning to Breathe for The Villain 2005 , a biography of Don Whillans.For many years he has contributed mountaineering obituaries for The Guardian see, for example, the recent contribution on Brede Arkless He has six children by six different partners, one, Will, also a talented climber, took his own life aged 24.


    Commentaires:

    Philippe
    A magnificent book, this biography of Britain's most controversial post-war climber. Jim Perrin's rendering of Whillans' life is truly "symphonic": as it unfolds there is a feeling of progression, of widening vistas, of deepening insight into the subterranean drives of this wilful personality. All of this emerges organically from a number of key themes - Whillans' working-class background, the fraught relationship with his key climbing partners (Joe Brown and Chris Bonnington) and his wife Audre [...]

    F.G. Cottam
    Whillans was a violent, heavy-drinking, working-class self caricature from the north of England. He was also a virtuoso rock climber and at the peak of his powers (pun intended), a formidable mountaineer. Jim Perrin is superb on the class division in British climbing in the decades after WW2. He has spoken to all the (surviving) major players in this fascinating world. This is superbly written biography, only made the more compelling by Perrin's ambivalence towards the character at the story's c [...]

    Jem Wilton
    I enjoy a little climbingif it wasn't for all the bloomin footnotes this would be a five star book

    Aaron
    An intricately researched and well told biography of a man who's controversial character captivates just as much as his achievements on the toughest climbs of his time using far inferior ropes, shoes, and protection than what is available today. From the geological playground of skye and the scrappy streets of lnkwell and Derbyshire in 1930s where Don Whillans grew up to his adventures in the Alps and Himalaya we are immersed in the interactions and peculiarities that so characterized him. Espec [...]

    Martinxo
    Biography of one of the UK's most gifted climbers, a difficult guy by all accounts. The author claims the book will be readable for non-climbers but I kinda doubt this, far too much technical stuff about routes etc, I skipped large chunks to be honest. Still the non-tech climbing bits were good.

    Daniel Rees
    A difficult at times vulgar read. A good look behind the Don of film.ch darker man than I once thought. Nonetheless thoroughly enjoyed it.

    David Douglas
    The 'Warts and all' biography of one of the UKs most audacious climbers. Personally I would fall more towards liking the Joe Brown side of the partnership.

    Bradley
    A well researched and great antidote to the fictions that surround Whillans.Whillans was a larger than life character, the bad-boy of the British climbing scene who developed a reputation as the tough talking, brash outsider who could have out climbed anyone at a moments notice.The book portrayed a vaguely bitter obnoxious character who got trapped in the limelight and had a hard drinking reputation to live up.Every page heaps miss opportunity upon squandered talent. Someone whose glory days pas [...]

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