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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous publication
I purchased this book based on a very brief online review; the entire publication wildly exceeds my expectations. The printing quality is generous and scrumptious: large format pages, full facsimile page spreads, exquisite color matching, and generous "additional material." This will be a wonderful book both to have in one's home library collection for reading and paging...
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous publication, October 4, 2012
This review is from: Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure (Hardcover)
I purchased this book based on a very brief online review; the entire publication wildly exceeds my expectations. The printing quality is generous and scrumptious: large format pages, full facsimile page spreads, exquisite color matching, and generous "additional material." This will be a wonderful book both to have in one's home library collection for reading and paging through, and also a stellar "gift book" for travelers, Conan Doyle fans, and those who like old books.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure, October 8, 2012
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First rate dairy with insights to life in the 1880s and the detailed adventures of an unknown 20 year old .. later to become one of the worlds best known authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dangerously Fascinating, November 29, 2012
This review is from: Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure (Hardcover)
A twenty year old medical student hired as a ship's surgeon would become the author
of the inimitable super-sleuth probably because in small part of this high adventure
discourse.

The glamour of the Arctic as expounded by Conan Doyle is a dazzling account. He writes, " amid all the excitement-and no one who has not held an oar in such a
scene can tell how exciting it is-one's sympathies lie with the poor hunted
creature." One should remember the time when Arthur Conan Doyle set sail on this
adventure. The raison d'etre of the six month voyage being the culling of whales
foremost (as it turned out only two were made redundant) in other words it was a
disaster in commercial terms. Also, unfortunately seals, polar bears, narwhals
and seabirds were killed too! Terrible for the environment (thinking today) but, accepted then.

A magazine article suggesting routes to the North Pole gave him the respect of
Arctic explorers.

This current publication is unbelievably fine!

Dag Stomberg
St. Andrews, Scotland
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars insight into the origins of Doyle's creativity, January 3, 2013
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Although one may sicken slightly (or greatly) at the tally of seals knocked on the head, whales slaughtered, and bears bagged, this diary of a whaler's voyage into Arctic waters reveals the very young Doyle as a fearless, observant, and interesting crew member with a hand for drawing as competent as his gift for writing and recording. Doyle already began to 'contain multitudes' at this early age, and you can see how he was becoming the man who would have Holmes and Watson as avatars--himself more the bluff and hearty man of simple tastes, but harboring within the keener mind and sensibility of the observant connoisseur.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific read, terrific presentation...., December 30, 2012
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I bought this as a Christmas gift for a smart, engaging 15 year old whose ambition is to become an Arctic scientist and whose favorite author is Conan Doyle. But I cheated and read it through before I wrapped it. It's a beautiful edition at a more than reasonable price, and it's a rollicking read, as well, as you would expect from even the youthful Conan Doyle--even then a close observer of the world around him and the people who populate it. The recipient was suitably wowed, just as I was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great primary source, November 29, 2012
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The first pages (approximately first half) of this book are photocopies of Arthur Conan Doyle's own journal (before his knighthood) of the incredible challenges he faced on an Arctic expedition at the age of 20. That part is difficult to read, but the second half includes the annotated version, which makes this an invaluable primary source for information and insight into the mind of this great author before he was "great."
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read about a by-gone era., November 26, 2012
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This makes a great gift to a teenager/young adult who is somewhat at loss as to a career. It documents the path of one distinguished individual in making that choice. Besides it is a nice pleasant, fascinating read. As an older man who essentially made his living as an economist and statistician, I was somewhat appalled by the brutal notion of making a livelihood from hunting, but the business as a business is a fiine example of of the way business contracts and risks were undertaking in a by-gone era.

As a book complete with editotial comments, it is a fine piece of scholarship and very intelligent editing. It was an easyread.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Handsome Book, October 19, 2012
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This is a very handsome book with full cloth covers and very high-quality paper. The typography is easy to read. The introduction provides many interesting photographs. The entire first section is a nice facsimile copy of Doyle's journal followed by the journal entries transcribed and printed for easier reading. All in all, I'm glad to have purchased such an elegant book that gives some insight into Doyle's early life and career.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HIDDEN TREASURE REVEALED, December 1, 2012
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As a devout Sherlockian and a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle in general, I was thrilled with this book. FIrst, it shows printed graphics of Doyle's sea diaries so you can see the wonderful originals. But the total text is also in 21st century print. The editors include comentary very pertinent to understanding how a 20 year old medical student became the man the world knew. I have been fortunate to have seen Dan Stashower give a presentation on the book. A must present for any Arthur Conan Doyle fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comment regarding Dangerous Work., January 22, 2014
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I was shown this book by a friend who was reading it and very quickly decided this was a fascinating tale, so elected to purchase my own copy. The whole book is very interesting and richly presented.
In the end I elected to send my new copy to my grandson in Indiana and a present and will be waiting his comments when he reads it.
pccampbell
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