The Final Summit by Andy Andrews,
I don’t know why I picked up this book from the library shelf – perhaps it was the cover showing three pennies and a feather? When I began to read it I wondered all over again why I had chosen it – perhaps it was the tantalizing blurb on the back cover.?By the end of the first chapter, I was certain I’d made a mistake and put the book back in the bag.
But … But … Something made me give it another try and I was glad I did. I don’t want to spoil the author’s plot or give too much away but let’s say the cast of characters is broad, drawn together from all times, situations and events. Yes, history is there – told from the point of view of those who experienced it.Yes, philosophy is there – discussed in the kind of language you might well have used yourself during one of those relaxed, friend-filled evenings around a fire with a good glass of wine. But this book is not dry or boring – it may well start you thinking in a way you haven’t done since you were putting the world to rights as a young adult – and that is probably why its argument has stayed with me: it’s been far too long since I took the time to think, really think, about life and what my role in it might be, should be, has been.
Oh, and at the very end, I discovered why the cover featured three pennies and a feather.
The Final Summit by Andy Andrews, pub Nelson, 2010, Nashville, Tennessee, ISBN 978-0-7852-3120-2. For my title, I have used words from a quotation on the front cover by Dave Ramsey, Radio Host