The Mountain Story

The Mountain Story

Book - 2015
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"From New York Times bestselling author Lori Lansens comes a harrowing survival story about four strangers who spend five days lost in the mountain wilderness above Palm Springs. Four go up the mountain, but only three will come down ... On the morning of Wolf Truly's eighteenth birthday, he boards the first cable car to head up the mountains just a few miles from his sun-bleached trailer home in the desert community outside of Palm Springs. Armed with nothing but the clothes on his back, Wolf's intention that morning was to give up on life -- specifically at the mountain site of his best friend's tragic accident one year ago. But on that shaky ride up the mountain, fate intervenes and Wolf meets three women that will leave an indelible imprint on the rest of his life. Through a series of missteps, the four wind up lost and stranded among the forested cliffs -- in sight of the desert city below, but unable to find a way down. As the days pass without rescue, we come to learn how each of them came to be on the mountain that morning. And as their situation shifts from misadventure to nightmare, the lost hikers forge an inextricable bond, pushing themselves, and each other, beyond their limits. Reminiscent of Jon Krakauer's modern classic Into the Wild and Cheryl Strayed's #1 bestselling Oprah-endorsed Wild, Lori Lansen's The mountain story is a deeply affecting novel that pays homage to the rugged beauty -- and utterly unforgiving nature -- of the wilderness, and considers the question: What price are you willing to pay not only for the ones you love, but for a complete stranger?"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto :, Alfred A. Knopf Canada,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780345809025
Branch Call Number: FIC LAN
Characteristics: 365 pages ; 23 cm


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Jun 11, 2017

! had read that this novel would appeal to anyone who enjoyed "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen, so was prepared for a gripping story. In this novel Wolf is writing a letter to his son as a confessional narrative, weaving his past into the survival story, revealing what really happened. "Hatchet" kept my attention on the story of Brian and his approach to his fifty-four day survival ordeal. This book slowed the action of the story of Wolf Truly's going up the mountain, his meeting with the three women and his five day effort to bring them to safety, by weaving in flashback narratives. For me, the books can't really be compared as one is an adventure and the other is a thoughtful looking back on the why of the action. Wolf is up the mountain for a specific reason, and as the letter is written, we learn why he is there and the role the women play in helping him understand his past and his way forward. An interesting read.

Jun 02, 2017

A fictional account of three people stranded on a mountain. I wanted to finish it but I kept getting bogged down in minutia of their emotions.

Mar 31, 2017

A young man heads up a mountain intending to end his life. Instead, he spends the next five days in a fight for survival with three women that he encountered on the trail. They share past experiences while they suffer together in freezing conditions with little food, water, or shelter.
This is a brilliant, moving story with great character development. Highly recommended.

d2013 Jan 15, 2017

Four hikers on the mountain but only three survives... which one??? Interesting read!

AL_ANDREWG Nov 29, 2016

Lansens The Mountain Story was a solid read that touched upon many facets of family life and friendship, in addition to the survival story presented. Early on the author makes it clear that not everyone will survive the mountain, but leaves the reader uncertain of which character(s) it will be until the dramatic moment of death.

Nov 14, 2016

Book for Adults who enjoyed Hatchet as children. Boy goes up on mountain, and he gets lost on the mountain with a grandmother, her daughter, and her grandchild. Writer lets reader know from the start that one of the women will not make it off the mountain alive. All questions are answered in the end, but not until the end. She kept me guessing. Story is more literary than gritty.

Oct 07, 2016

I was gripped by the first half of the misadventure of survival lost on a mountain but found the omens and premonitions of the concluding half unbelievable. As well, the many, many flashbacks to provide background family history detracted from the primary "lost on a mountain" adventure story.

May 12, 2016

I enjoyed the book. The element of suspense and intriguing plot and decent writing.

Parts of it were a bit far fetched and a bit too dramatical but other than that it was a good, easy read.

Apr 21, 2016

Wow. This novel really took me in. Although there were more times where cliche replies seemed to occur than I expected from Lansens, she has written an incredible survival story. She must have been haunted by these characters. Although you know someone is going to die, there are twists that make it a very engaging read.

Apr 13, 2016

Lori Lansens has done a wonderful job of creating a masterful suspense. Wolf climbs a mountain on his eighteenth birthday with dark thoughts but the boy-man is forced into a situation where he fights for survival - his own and three generations of Devines. He learns not only to survive but to love again and in the process makes for an excellent read.

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