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This review is from: Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage (Paperback)
This is an absolutely amazing and true accounting of the 1914 Antarctic expedition gone to hell. It is clear that the author did an incredible amount of research, and though this book doesn't read like a novel, its presentation is much more powerful this way, giving a panoramic view of the whole terrible and desperate situation of these men.
I don't have any experience even comparable to what these men went through, the closest I've ever come is rowing down the coast of Maine in the summer in a 30 foot pulling boat, and I'll tell you, this guy gets every detail.
Anyway, an absolutely incredible look at human endurance, at what a person will go through if he must. I definitely recommend this book to everyone.
One note...make sure the version you buy or get at the library has expedition photographer Hurley's photographs in it. Some paperback editions don't, and you're really missing part of the experience without them.
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Initial post: Feb 5, 2011 4:33:24 PM PST
Bill Emblom says:
Great review, Nathan. Thanks! I'll buy it.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2012 10:59:54 AM PDT
S. Burton says:
Got this book and The Endurance by Caroline Alexander from the library. Read Alfred Lansing's version first, then Alexander's. Alexander includes photos along with the text, makes a few minor corrections to Lansing's version, alters the sequence a little (covers the voyage of the James Caird and S Georgia before the Elephant Island group) . . . Still reading it, so not sure what else she includes. But both together are terrific!
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