In addition to chronicling her own encounters with the people and the place, Wheeler brings the past alive as well, through vivid stories about the heroes of polar exploration: Shackleton, Scott, Amundsen, and others who practically become secondary characters in Wheeler's account. But it is her interactions with the living people who make up the community--scientists, drifters, and dreamers who have settled this forbidding landscape--that make Terra Incognita a rare and worthy book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It was the first book I read about Antarctica, and it immediately peaked my interest in traveling there.
Ms. Wheeler is a young British travel writer who spent 7 months in Antarctica in 1995 as a writer-in-residence with the U.S. National Science Foundation.
This is unfortunate; Wheeler's writing isn't necessarily poor, but seems to suffer from a bad editing job and a lack of planning.
Found there to be too much about the group of travelers and not the destination.Published 25 days ago by Sylvia SA
S. Wheeler's book takes the reader to a fantastic world rarely seen by the ordinary visitor. Whoever loves the Antarctic or is curious about the international research stations... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ginette Vachon
A boring account, was hoping for something more interesting as we were going to antarctica at the time, and this book was recommended to mePublished 23 months ago by Barbara R
Going to the Southern tip of S.America and wanted to read about the penquins first; but got history lessons in almost every chapter. Great reading!Published on February 23, 2013 by Carol Sansone
I first read this book after checking out a copy from our local library, and was so impressed with the story that I wanted a copy of my own. Read morePublished on March 20, 2010 by Tom
Sarah's book could have been much better had she left her British haughtiness at home. Her fascination with Chilean political history takes a lot away from her usual travel... Read morePublished on January 12, 2010 by Wayne Price
Sadly this could have been a tremendous book about the wonders of Antarctica and polar research but it became another paid writer just scratching the surface while ranting about... Read morePublished on April 13, 2009 by E Z Morrison
"Terra Incognita" is British travel writer Sara Wheeler's report on her two United States Government sponsored stays in Antarctica. Read morePublished on December 19, 2008 by Bruce Owen Brady
I once had a discussion with a colleague who said, "I've never read a book that actually changed my life. I don't think books can do that. Read morePublished on September 15, 2008 by World Traveler