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Above All Things

By Tanis Rideout

Above All Things
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  • Hardcover: Feb 2013,
    400 pages.
    Paperback: Feb 2014,
    416 pages.

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Glorious Failures

Tanis Rideout's Above All Things is part of an important tradition in human history and literature. The deaths of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine continue the fascination we have with glorious failures and heroic misadventures.

The Iliad's Hector

Hector and AndromacheThe Iliad, one of the first works of Western Literature, celebrates the death of Hector, a man of integrity and clearly superior to those who defeat him and his people. Hector shows a mercy and compassion lacking in the Greek leaders, Agamemnon and Menelaus, and even in the tortured hero who kills him, Achilles. In their last meeting in book 6 of The Iliad, Hector and his wife Andromache, both realizing in their deepest hearts that Hector will die in the coming battle, speak of the tragedy that awaits her, their son Astyanax, and all of the city they love, but Hector says, "All this weighs on my mind, dear woman…but I would die of shame if I would shrink from battle now." He then describes the future of the city itself, "…...

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