4 out of 4 stars
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The Bark of the Cony by George Nash Smith is an inspiring tale of the Smiths, who challenged all expectations as they explored the beautiful sights of wild America. The story followed the Smiths as they scaled the mountains, reached for the peaks, and discovered that the mountains are never too high or the journey too weary. A determined spirit was all that was needed for the journey, and the rewards of courage were endless if only we dared to take a bold step.
This book is a beautiful tale of the strength that comes from a place of determination. Despite George's early childhood accident, he gets to explore life to the fullest, shining the light for his sons to follow in his footsteps. Mountaineering is one of those sports that you have to be an intimate part of to enjoy. However, George brings it home to us with his colorful narrative and inspiring pictures. His tale is an eye-opener; it leaves the reader with the desire to climb the nearest mountain and explore the wonders of nature.
I enjoyed reading this book, especially with the visual aid. I couldn't help but gasp in awe at the snow-capped mountains and beautiful rock formations. This book presented mountain climbing to be a lot of fun. Of course, there would be challenges along the way, just like the Smiths encountered. However, as George said on page 88, "keep going. Some of the best memories come from adverse conditions."
This book was professionally edited, with very few clear-cut errors. The font style was easy on the eyes, and the author's conversational style made me a part of the narrative. The book's colorful pictures were also a great help, and there were detailed explanations of mountain features and various climbing techniques. At the end of each chapter, there were inspiring quotes from the author and, sometimes, beautifully written poems.
On the negative, I think the number of pictures this book contains is a tad too much. Some chapters have more pages containing photographs than text. As much as I appreciate the images, they are overdone. This is a minor issue, though. Hence, I won't reduce the rating of this book because of it. However, if there's going to be an updated version, I recommend the author reduce the number of images.
I would recommend this book to those who appreciate the aesthetics of nature and love mountain climbing. Finally, I would give this book a 4 out of 4, as there was nothing I intensely disliked about the book.
The Bark of the Cony
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