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Tenzing Norgay was the son of poor Tibetan immigrants living in Nepal. He longed to see the world but was told he could aspire to be little more than a servant. Edmund Hillary was a humble beekeeper from New Zealand, who spent his youth dreaming of adventures he could never hope to experience. And Everest was the ultimate adventure. The mountain's peak is the highest point Tenzing Norgay was the son of poor Tibetan immigrants living in Nepal. He longed to see the world but was told he could aspire to be little more than a servant. Edmund Hillary was a humble beekeeper from New Zealand, who spent his youth dreaming of adventures he could never hope to experience. And Everest was the ultimate adventure. The mountain's peak is the highest point on Earth, stretching beyond the clouds. So dangerous and challenging, Everest had never been successfully climbed and many had died trying. In 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary joined a team of explorers determined to reach its top. Alone at the top of the world with their oxygen running low, they faced brutal elements and new dangers at every turn. And they were armed with little more than their courage, determination, and a belief in each other. But would that be enough to achieve the impossible, what no man had done before?


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Tenzing Norgay was the son of poor Tibetan immigrants living in Nepal. He longed to see the world but was told he could aspire to be little more than a servant. Edmund Hillary was a humble beekeeper from New Zealand, who spent his youth dreaming of adventures he could never hope to experience. And Everest was the ultimate adventure. The mountain's peak is the highest point Tenzing Norgay was the son of poor Tibetan immigrants living in Nepal. He longed to see the world but was told he could aspire to be little more than a servant. Edmund Hillary was a humble beekeeper from New Zealand, who spent his youth dreaming of adventures he could never hope to experience. And Everest was the ultimate adventure. The mountain's peak is the highest point on Earth, stretching beyond the clouds. So dangerous and challenging, Everest had never been successfully climbed and many had died trying. In 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary joined a team of explorers determined to reach its top. Alone at the top of the world with their oxygen running low, they faced brutal elements and new dangers at every turn. And they were armed with little more than their courage, determination, and a belief in each other. But would that be enough to achieve the impossible, what no man had done before?

30 review for Conquering Everest: The Lives of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay: A Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    [Shai] Bibliophage

    I'm not an adventurous neither an athletic person, but I really enjoyed reading the biographies of the first two people who get to reach the peak of Chomolungma or more commonly known as Mt. Everest. The amazing life story of Edmund and Tenzing is not all fame and glory; they have to endure a lot just to be able to achieve their goal. Quite an inspirational read this comic book is — a highly recommend to anyone who wants to read something that will motivate them to pursue their lifelong dream. I'm not an adventurous neither an athletic person, but I really enjoyed reading the biographies of the first two people who get to reach the peak of Chomolungma or more commonly known as Mt. Everest. The amazing life story of Edmund and Tenzing is not all fame and glory; they have to endure a lot just to be able to achieve their goal. Quite an inspirational read this comic book is — a highly recommend to anyone who wants to read something that will motivate them to pursue their lifelong dream.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tomas

    This was such a great book! It was a quick read but it gave a lot of information on these amazing people who were the first to reach the top of the world. It also had really cool illustrations describing the life of each person. They said every detail. It was almost like a biography in a graphic novel (even though I think it is exactly that). It also admired the sherpas because the climbers weren’t the only ones who climbed these mountains. The sherpas had double the trouble. It was a great book This was such a great book! It was a quick read but it gave a lot of information on these amazing people who were the first to reach the top of the world. It also had really cool illustrations describing the life of each person. They said every detail. It was almost like a biography in a graphic novel (even though I think it is exactly that). It also admired the sherpas because the climbers weren’t the only ones who climbed these mountains. The sherpas had double the trouble. It was a great book!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    For those who love action and adventure, this book is for you. I really enjoyed this book due to the nonstop intensity of action and adventure. However, this book is also great for those historical fiction readers. Overall, this book blew my mind.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    I'm a sucker for all things mountaineering so reading this was a given as soon as I found the Campfire series. The story appears factual and is relatively interesting, but it's more than a little clunky in the writing. The story is part biography of Hillary and Norgay and part retelling of their legendary climb. I really appreciated the equal coverage of both men's lives and mention of their humanitarian efforts. Overall it's a interesting piece of history told in clunky back and forth interview I'm a sucker for all things mountaineering so reading this was a given as soon as I found the Campfire series. The story appears factual and is relatively interesting, but it's more than a little clunky in the writing. The story is part biography of Hillary and Norgay and part retelling of their legendary climb. I really appreciated the equal coverage of both men's lives and mention of their humanitarian efforts. Overall it's a interesting piece of history told in clunky back and forth interview style of writing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Conquering Everest: The Lives of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay: A Graphic Novel is a graphic novel written by Lewis Helfand and illustrated by Amit Tayal. The exploits of two young men mad for climbing mountains are retold in graphic panels. Edmund Percival Hillary was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist. Tenzing Norgay was a Nepali-Indian Sherpa mountaineer. Together they were the first two individuals known to reach the summit of Mount Everest on 29 May 1953. Norgay and H Conquering Everest: The Lives of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay: A Graphic Novel is a graphic novel written by Lewis Helfand and illustrated by Amit Tayal. The exploits of two young men mad for climbing mountains are retold in graphic panels. Edmund Percival Hillary was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist. Tenzing Norgay was a Nepali-Indian Sherpa mountaineer. Together they were the first two individuals known to reach the summit of Mount Everest on 29 May 1953. Norgay and Hillary trace their childhoods and early lives. The Sherpa was a driven youth who earned a reputation for solid reliability working for European expeditions tackling various Himalayan mountains, while the Kiwi was the restless son of a beekeeper, who satisfied his desire for heights and adventure by making connections with renowned climbers. Conquering Everest: The Lives of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay: A Graphic Novel is written and constructed rather well. Tayal captures their likenesses in flurries of small but visually varied cartoon scenes, often placing figures in front of reworked photos of forbidding ice fields and peaks. Helfand fills the dialogue-heavy narrative with specific biographical details and exciting accounts of some of the great triumphs and tragedies of Himalayan mountaineering. He rounds out the lives of his two subjects with highlights of their later careers and closes with quick looks at modern teenagers who have climbed Everest. All in all, Conquering Everest: The Lives of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay: A Graphic Novel is a vivid double character portrait, enhanced by equally sharp glimpses of climbing techniques, strategies and hazards.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Becky B

    A graphic novel biography of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the first two men to summit Everest. This is a pleasantly balanced biography, in that Hillary doesn't get all the spotlight, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay shares it equally as he deserves. A brief backstory for each man is given, their climb to the summit is related, and that is followed by summaries of how they each used their fame from their achievement to promote humanitarian work and bless the region around Everest. I liked the way the A graphic novel biography of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the first two men to summit Everest. This is a pleasantly balanced biography, in that Hillary doesn't get all the spotlight, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay shares it equally as he deserves. A brief backstory for each man is given, their climb to the summit is related, and that is followed by summaries of how they each used their fame from their achievement to promote humanitarian work and bless the region around Everest. I liked the way the book focused on how the greatest achievement of each of these men was not in climbing the highest mountain, but how they used their fame to benefit others. This would have been a four star book for me, but I found it frequently hard to distinguish characters, or even tell if a person drawn in frame was a man or woman (and not because they were buried under dozens of layers of climbing gear). I would have preferred the illustrations to be a tiny bit sharper in that aspect. Overall, though, it is a nice introduction to both of these men and a biography I shouldn't have problems getting students to take off the shelves. Notes on content: No language issues that I remember. No sexual content. The deaths of some climbers are mentioned, but not often depicted in illustrations except maybe someone falling through the air. Perilous situations are frequently mentioned, but there are no gory illustrations.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mike DiNardo

    This was an excellent chronicle of the first known successful summit of Chomolungma(Mt. Everest). The narrator decided to introduce the characters Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, with snippets form their lives. The story advances through their lives until they meet as adults on the footsteps of Everest. Proving to be a formidable team, they get the chance to summit together and deal with the fame of conquering Everest. This graphic novel has been laid out in a well thought out manner. I usual This was an excellent chronicle of the first known successful summit of Chomolungma(Mt. Everest). The narrator decided to introduce the characters Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, with snippets form their lives. The story advances through their lives until they meet as adults on the footsteps of Everest. Proving to be a formidable team, they get the chance to summit together and deal with the fame of conquering Everest. This graphic novel has been laid out in a well thought out manner. I usually have a difficult time with graphic novels (following sequence of speech), but rarely became confused in this book. The pictures are simplistic and I believe more descriptive language could be used to support the art. I really didn't get a feel of the hardships they endured throughout their lives, but the author took it in this direction.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I have a deep respect for the people who saw this mountain, and just had to get to the top. I won't get into all the problems that the mountain faces now environmentally and such. But these me, Norgay and Hillary, who scaled it first, are BAMF in my book. Edmund Hillary, from what I've seen in documentaries and other books, seems like he was a great stand-up kind of guy. Anyways, I used to have an OCD thing about Mt. Everest a while back, and this just brought back some of those feelings. Some of I have a deep respect for the people who saw this mountain, and just had to get to the top. I won't get into all the problems that the mountain faces now environmentally and such. But these me, Norgay and Hillary, who scaled it first, are BAMF in my book. Edmund Hillary, from what I've seen in documentaries and other books, seems like he was a great stand-up kind of guy. Anyways, I used to have an OCD thing about Mt. Everest a while back, and this just brought back some of those feelings. Some of the narrative is told from Tenzing's POV. The art work is realistic without being stuffy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    I love the topic of everest, and this story of the first two men to summit was absolutely fascinating. I was drawn into the lives of these two men, and felt vested in their hopes and dreams. Excellently written. I was madly consuming the words and barely had time for the illustrations, but they so clearly tied everything together for me that I could not actually pass them by. I am so pleased with the past two non-fiction graphic novels that I have read, I cannot wait for this genre to pick up in I love the topic of everest, and this story of the first two men to summit was absolutely fascinating. I was drawn into the lives of these two men, and felt vested in their hopes and dreams. Excellently written. I was madly consuming the words and barely had time for the illustrations, but they so clearly tied everything together for me that I could not actually pass them by. I am so pleased with the past two non-fiction graphic novels that I have read, I cannot wait for this genre to pick up in production.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Arianna Eigner

    I didn’t like nor dislike this book. I just found it hard to read and follow. I wasn’t expecting it to be almost comic book like. It is a good overall story but I found it hard to read because it jumped back and forth between characters stories. I did not finish reading because I became bored and a little confused. I think if you are an avid comic book reader you would be able to follow the story a little better than me, and maybe understand the way it was set up. Also I hope I have the right ve I didn’t like nor dislike this book. I just found it hard to read and follow. I wasn’t expecting it to be almost comic book like. It is a good overall story but I found it hard to read because it jumped back and forth between characters stories. I did not finish reading because I became bored and a little confused. I think if you are an avid comic book reader you would be able to follow the story a little better than me, and maybe understand the way it was set up. Also I hope I have the right version of this book, because of what I said before; I wasn’t expecting it to a comic book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Riddhiman

    A good insight into all the previous attempts made at Mt. Everest, along with a nice flashback on Hillary and Tenzing's early lives as well as their lives after the conquest of Everest wherein they did a lot of developmental work for Nepal and India. They were courageous men with big hearts and were humanitarian to their last breath. It also tells us that conquering Everest was not just the credit of two people but a large team effort. A good insight into all the previous attempts made at Mt. Everest, along with a nice flashback on Hillary and Tenzing's early lives as well as their lives after the conquest of Everest wherein they did a lot of developmental work for Nepal and India. They were courageous men with big hearts and were humanitarian to their last breath. It also tells us that conquering Everest was not just the credit of two people but a large team effort.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This turned out to be more interesting and exciting than I thought it would. The author and illustrator did a great job of chronicling the lives of Hillary and Norgay. The suspense toward the end when they were making the final attack on the summit was good. It was amazing to see all that these two men, as well as the others involved, were able to accomplish through conquering Everest and their humanitarian efforts afterward.

  13. 4 out of 5

    B

    Good graphic novel about the quest to summit Everest and the lives of Hillary and Norgay. I liked the backstory about the two explorers, and how they stood together as equals at their quest. Too bad this never circulated here and had to be deleted. It may have done better as a YA non fiction graphic

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rohit Sudarshan

    Despite their very different backgrounds, both Norgay and Hillary had provincial upbringings and didn't fit in well with their peers. The artist and writer show how this soft alienation made them find refuge in the outdoors. A very enjoyable read about two interesting men. Despite their very different backgrounds, both Norgay and Hillary had provincial upbringings and didn't fit in well with their peers. The artist and writer show how this soft alienation made them find refuge in the outdoors. A very enjoyable read about two interesting men.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ria Goyal

    This book is really good to get to know the lives of people who climbed everest

  16. 5 out of 5

    Becky Schlesinger

    It was a very intriguing adventure to go through it with them and it is a cool comic as well.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aastha

    superb graphical illustrations

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shreeya Sharma

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sachin Modi

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kasak Chawla

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vinod Sairaman

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tushar Ahire

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Smith

  24. 5 out of 5

    julian martos

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aashish Trivedi

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan Read

  28. 5 out of 5

    TT

  29. 5 out of 5

    P.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amrita

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