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The good doctor entered the limelight after his landmark first crossing of Greenland in 1888. Shortly after, he concocted a brilliant (or lunatic, depending on whom you asked) scheme to conquer the pole. He and a small crew would freeze a specially designed boat in the ice and drift with the Arctic current, which he believed would carry him from the coast of Siberia northwest to the pole. In mid-voyage, he realized that the current would not carry him far enough. Undaunted, he and a companion set out across the ice with a dogsled. Nansen was left for dead, but when he stumbled upon another exploration team more than a year later--having reached farther north than anyone before him--he returned to Norway an international sensation.
This book, the chronicle of that journey, was hurriedly written to capitalize on that sensation. Penned in only two months, it lacks literary polish, but Nansen's eye for detail and indomitable spirit shine through. Because he wrote while still thawing from his adventures, his story has an exciting immediacy, one that the passing of a century has done little to diminish. As a historical document, as an epic adventure, and as a revival of a worthy hero long forgotten, Farthest North is a tale well worth remembering. --Andrew Nieland --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Do NOT read this book if you have any compassion toward animals. I've always thought of Nansen as a role model. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nasty Monkey
This is a beautifully and vividly written account of one of the all time exploration feats which occurred at the end of the 19th century.Published 8 months ago by Chet Bjerke
One of the best 'travel'/ exploration books ever. This man was incredible, planned for all contigencies and all returned despite many obstacles.Published 10 months ago by Holly
I found this read to be very entertaining and educational. It was amazing to find out how they built the ship and the equipment they took aboard. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jason
I read this somewhere on the American west coast in 1999. The impact of the book has stayed with me ever since. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Etienne Jackson
My bucket list includes a trip to one day see the Fram.. the ship that made this incredible journey possible as well as taking Roald Amundsen to Antartica where he was the first... Read morePublished 16 months ago by R. Denley
Carney was right! this was such an interesting book! Written in the 1890s, you'd never know it, it is easy to read and understand...even as it was translated from Norwegian! Read morePublished on April 10, 2011 by J. D. Brooks
Farthest North is a great read for lovers of arctic exploration novels of the 18th and early 19th centuries. Read morePublished on September 27, 2010 by Amazon Customer