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Inclined and Intrepid

Monday, September 26, 2011

With Bare Hands (The True Story of a Real-life Spiderman) by Alain Robert is the autobiography of the world’s greatest urban climber.

Alain spent his teens climbing the cliffs of southern France with bare hands, a bag of chalk, and just a pair of climbing slippers.

In 1982, a 15 meters fall, head-first, left him in a coma for five days with multiple fractures which, doctors said, would never let him climb again. Overcoming this, overcoming vertigo, and injuries which have left him 60 per cent disabled, Alain has scaled more than 100 skyscrapers across the world, from the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, Taipei 101 in Taiwan, the Sears Tower in Chicago, the Canary Wharf in London, the Etisalat building in Dubai, and many other seemingly insurmountable structures. Through this daredevilry, he has collected thousands of dollars for charity, inspite of being arrested, prosecuted, and even beaten on several occasions.

This is the story of valour, of conquering the self, and acknowledging no limits to life.

With Bare Hands

by Alain Robert
Jaico Publishing House
Price Rs.350

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