About two years ago I finished reading Mark Twight's Kiss or Kill. It was a intense experience that still has an impact on me today. Twight's unforgiving and blunt writing style tends to leave a lasting impression.
In the chapter "House of Pain", he writes about his attempts (and eventual success) on "Beyond Good and Evil", a route he did to piss on "mountaineering chauvinism and nouvelle cuisine." The way he writes about the manky pitons and scarce protection gives the reader an idea of how serious the climb was at the time. Included at the end of the chapter is a black and white photo of the line, which looks more like a thin string on a face than an actual ice climb.
Millet recently published a great video about "Beyond Good and Evil." You'll get to hear Twight talk about the route, and there's some details that weren't mentioned already in the book. It makes a great companion to that.
You can more about Twight and his writing here: http://www.marktwight.com/discourse.php.