James Ramsey Ullman wrote of the outdoors and its power over men, not only its raw physical power, but its power to awe and inspire.
THE WHITE TOWER is in that vein.A man finds himself once again in a Swiss valley which he had known years before, gazing at a mountain never before climbed from the side on which he now stands.What is he to do with the challenge implicit in that fact?
The story as it develops is not only of his inevitable ascent and its physical rigors, but of the internal dialogue, the meditation, that accompanies it.
"A tale of remarkable vitality, while being served in its telling by a rich fund of special knowledge." (Saturday Review)