Books: Himalayan Victory

ANNAPURNA (316 pp.)—Maurice Herzog—Dutton ($5).

"How wonderful life would now become! What an inconceivable experience it is to attain one's ideal and, at the very same moment, to fulfill oneself. I was stirred to the depths of my being. Never had I felt happiness like this—so intense and yet so pure."

Had Frenchman Maurice Herzog just discovered a fabulous drug to ease human suffering? Or had the girl of his dreams finally said yes? It was nothing so commonplace as either: Herzog and a companion had just climbed a mountain.

It was no ordinary...