I love adventure stories sprinkled with historical facts, and the humor in this one is a giant plus. When I was eleven I convinced my parents to let me go to a Girl Scout sleep away camp. I was able to deal with the tents, the spiders in my bunk and even the lack of any substantial meals, but going to the bathroom in a communal ditch sent me running home. Reading Eva's bathroom experiences, and her way of dealing with the problems brought back some long hidden memories of those days.
Her references to previous climbers and their adventures makes me want to read other books on this subject, although I am not sure I will find too many authors with the ability to make the trip come quite so alive for me. I found myself "feeling her pain" and laughing through her mishaps. Her teenage son accompanied her, and I can only imagine what a wonderful sharing experience that was for them.
I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did and definitely recommend it for those planning a trip to Kilimanjaro and those who want to share the adventure from the comfort of their couch.
Publisher - CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of Publication - March 26, 2014