Reviews from 05/2014

Camus Sartre

Book reviewed by Rob Mason on 26 May 2014

Until now it has been impossible to read the full story of the relationship between Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. Their dramatic rupture at the height of the Cold War, like that conflict itself, demanded those caught in its wake to take sides rather than to appreciate its tragic complexity. Now, using newly available sources, Ronald Aronson offers the first book-length account of the twentieth century's most famous friendship and its end.  


Beyond the Edge

reviewed by Rob Mason on 25 May 2014

In 1953, the ascent of Everest remained the last of Earth’s great challenges.  Standing at over 29,000ft, the world’s highest mountain posed a fearsome challenge and had already claimed thirteen lives in previous expeditions. Faced with treacherous winds, sub-zero temperatures and battling altitude sickness, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay finally achieved the impossible and became the first men to conquer Everest.  It was an event that stunned the world and defined an era.