/ Echos by Nick Bullock
Moving straight from Echos to The Great Gatsby in the space of a day it became obvious that the quality of writing in a climbing book is much lower than a literary great but the story was more exciting.
Are you comparing Nick Bullock to Fitzgerald. :-). Classic.
Actually I was thinking, the Moffs book is a bit like catcher in the rye, all that wondering around aimlessly. But then catcher in the rye didn't have pictures of the Verdon, I think that is what lets it down.
Yet, interestingly, both Bullock and Fitzgerald are critical of, and seek to highlight, the quintessential emptiness inherent in the modern condition, the flawed spirit of consumption, the perpetual triumph of style over substance and the relation between self identity and mass culture society. Both hold a mirror up to the character of the society in which they write and, essentially, question what it is that makes us happy whilst, at the same time, questioning the very grounds upon which any claim to happiness might be made and, ultimately, whether it is attainable at all.
(warning, the above may contain b*llocks)
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