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Feeding the Rat is the story of an extraordinary man: climbing legend Mo Anthoine, who found his greatest joy in adventures that tested the limits of human endurance. That passion for "feeding the rat" made him the unsung hero of dozens of horrifying epics in the mountains, including the famous Ogre expedition that almost killed Doug Scott and Sir Chris Bonington. The bookFeeding the Rat is the story of an extraordinary man: climbing legend Mo Anthoine, who found his greatest joy in adventures that tested the limits of human endurance. That passion for "feeding the rat" made him the unsung hero of dozens of horrifying epics in the mountains, including the famous Ogre expedition that almost killed Doug Scott and Sir Chris Bonington. The book is also the story of the extraordinary friendship between Mo Anthoine and A. Alvarez — the distinguished poet, journalist, and critic — whose deeply moving portrait of his longtime climbing partner is a classic of adventure literature....

Title : Feeding the Rat: A Climber's Life on the Edge
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ISBN : 9781560253273
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Feeding the Rat: A Climber's Life on the Edge Reviews

  • Melanie Windridge
    2019-01-17 09:28

    Quick and engaging insight into climbers and climbing. Being one myself I identify with Mo and I loved hearing about his attitude to climbing. Also enjoyed the stories of his exploits and it got me thinking about the different desires and outcomes from adventures. Definitely worth a read.

  • Philippe
    2019-01-08 06:38

    Short, breezy portrait of one of the more discreet members of the British climbing establishment in the 1970s and 80s. Mo Anthoine did not have the notoriety of his climbing partners Joe Brown, Chris Bonington and Doug Scott, but he was involved in many key achievements in the Alps and Himalayas of that time. Alvarez' account is anecdotal and reveals a rather two-dimensional portrait of an imperturbable and dead-pan personality. I felt Anthoine to remain an enigma. As an entertaining collection of adventurous stories the book is fine. But as an in-depth character study it falls short. For a well-documented account of the 1970s British climbing scene and a holographic portrait of a complex climbing personality, I recommend Jim Perrin's 'The Villain: The Life of Don Whillans'. For a better understanding of the climbing ethos underpinning lightweight, high-commitment climbs on Himalayan peaks there are no better accounts than Steve House's 'Beyond the Mountain' and Mark Twight's 'Kiss or Kill'.

  • Kirsty
    2019-01-01 01:30

    As a non climber and by non climber I mean I haven't got the slightest idea what climbing is all about, in fact the idea of climbing the stairs makes me feel dizzy and tired, despite all of this I really enjoyed this book. It is an interesting read into what makes a person tick and how they have to indulge parts of themselves that are actually quite dangerous and inconvenient, challenge your comfort zone or 'feed the rat' as Mo coined it.Mo is a very likable guy, very funny and charming, I haven't got a clue who he is or his significance in the climbing scene but just reading about this guy was a pleasure.Al Alvarez has a beautiful writing style and an interesting stance on affairs happening around him and I will endeavor to read more of his works.Recommended for climbers but also just anyone who fancies a quick and interesting read about a pretty cool guy who climbs stuff.

  • Jen
    2018-12-23 06:13

    I just finished The White Spider, which made me realize I never reviewed this book. Feeding the Rat is an account of the life of Mo Anthoine, an expert climber who's driven to climb for the joy of it and the need to test a certain part of himself. The author manages to bring Mo's wit, sense of absurdity, and enthusiasm to the text, making you wish you could join them on every expedition. This book was pretty much the opposite of The White Spider, which just made you glad you weren't on the North Face of the Eiger.Lots of good quotes in this one: "To snuff it without knowing who you are and what you are capable of, I can't think of anything sadder than that." -Mo

  • Jessica
    2019-01-13 02:33

    A book that observes the best, most interesting bits of the author's friend and fellow climber, Mo. "That's why I like feeding the rat. It's a sort of annual check-up on myself. The rat is you, really. It's the other you, and it's being fed by the you you think you really are.""But to snuff it without knowing who you are and what you're capable of, I can't think of anything sadder than that."

  • Peregrine 12
    2019-01-20 08:13

    What I took away from reading this book: pursuing your life's passions is more important than the promise of future security, so live your life while you've still got it. Simplistic, I know, but that's what it boiled down to for me.

  • David Douglas
    2018-12-28 03:36

    Excellent succinct account of Mo Anthoine's mountaineering life. Tragically cut short by illness aged only 50. I will continue the rat feeding for a few more years myself, it doesn't seem to be getting any less hungry!

  • Diana180
    2019-01-16 02:31

    The best mountain climbing book I have read after the incomparable Into Thin Air.

  • Hillery
    2019-01-22 08:38

    Fun, easy read about climber Mo Antoine and mountain climbing as a passtime, as opposed to professional sport. It made my rat hungery.

  • Ronald
    2019-01-01 08:18

    learned. how to be happy and have perspective. also that i want to climb the old man of hoy. fantastic book. the sunject of the biog has become a hero of mine.

  • Simon Cooper
    2018-12-26 03:23

    Captures the total in the moment immersiveness of climbing

  • Shiraz Akoo
    2019-01-03 06:18

    Deep sense of what it's like to be a climber and be in real danger of dieing