Durant presque trente ans, Mo Anthoine a grimpé les sommets mythiques du monde entier - des Alpes à l'Everest, de l'Argentine à l'Écosse -, mais n'a jamais voulu devenir professionnel : pour lui, boire des pintes avec ses potes était plus important que faire la une des journaux. Avec lui nous découvrons un adolescent parti de chez lui en stop vers la Nouvelle-Zélande avec seulement 12 £ en poche, un grimpeur chevronné participant aux expéditions les plus difficiles, un type qui a été la doublure de Sylvester Stallone dans Rambo III et un homme qui sent et qui décrit l'escalade comme «?l'art de jouer aux échecs avec son propre corps ».
Al Alvarez, écrivain et poète admiré par des auteurs comme Philip Roth, Sylvia Plath, John Le Carré et J. M. Coetzee, et grimpeur lui-même, nous livre ici les coulisses et le vertige des grandes et petites expéditions - dont certaines dignes d'un blockbuster -, tout en nous montrant comment les grands aventuriers cherchent leurs limites, mentales et physiques, en s'appliquant à « nourrir la bête ».
Un livre culte sur l'escalade, la montagne, l'évasion et l'amitié, traduit pour la première fois en français. Une prose étincelante au service du goût de l'aventure, du risque et de la camaraderie.
Since its first publication twenty years ago, The Biggest Game in Town has become a sought-after cult classic. Acclaimed writer and critic Al Alvarez delves into the murky and compelling world of high-stakes Vegas poker, where 'the next best thing to playing and winning is playing and losing'. Uncovering an exotic underground rich in ambiance and eccentricity, The Biggest Game in Town is a real one of a kind, deftly capturing the skewed psyches and peculiar rites of professional poker players who descend every year for the World Series of Poker. It's a world that seems almost too surprising and bizarre to be true. 'A cool, precise, sharply witty, vivid evocation of a place and people, their appearances, behaviour and speech..Mr Alvarez is a shrewd analyst of the psychology of gamblers and a cleverly selective recorder of their bizarre talk with which, directly and indirectly, they reveal their secure grasp of unreality and their insane courage' Sunday Telegraph 'It will have most readers sitting on the edge of their seats' Sunday Times 'A new classic on gambling…it's quite brilliant' Time Out 'This is a magnificent book. Beyond the straights and full houses, Alvarez has written about people who are extremely good at what they do, and about America' San Francisco Chronicl
Al Alvarez, poet, critic, novelist, sportsman, and poker player, has for seventy years been hard to categorize. He is the author of the best-selling study of suicide, THE SAVAGE GOD, and as poetry editor of the OBSERVER, he has known most of the leading poets of the second half of last century. For a time he was an influential critic and his anthology THE NEW POETRY scandalised the literary community. Much of the liveliness of Alvarez's story is inspired by the ambiguous fate of being an English Jew. Although his family had been settled in London for more than two centuries, being Jewish always made them feel like outsiders. He went From Oundle, an English public school, to Oxford, where an academic career beckoned; instead he embarked on life as a freelance writer. Meanwhile he climbed mountains, played poker and wrote books about these pastimes which are now regarded as classics. WHERE DID IT ALL GO RIGHT? is his memorable, irreverent account of that journey.
What makes good writing good? In his brilliant new book, Al Alvarez argues that it is the development of the voice - voice as distinct from style - that makes a writer great. A poet as well as a critic, Al Alvarez approaches his subject both as an informed observer and an insider. Here are - among others - Sylvia Plath, John Donne, Jean Rhys, Shakespeare, T. S. Eliot, Coleridge and W. B. Yeats, dissected with clarity, depth and a profound understanding of the mechanics of writing. Like the best literary criticism, The Writer's Voice makes writing come vividly alive. Written with passion and insight, it is the ideal gift for anyone who loves to read.
Feeding the Rat is the story of an extraordinary man: climbing legend Mo Anthoine, who found his greatest joy in adventures that tested the far 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 nearly killed Doug Scott and Sir Chris Bonington. The book is also the story of the extraordinary friendship between Mo and adrenaline junkie Al Alvarez - the distinguished poet, journalist and critic - whose deeply moving portrait of his longtime climbing partner is a classic of adventure literature.