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5.0 out of 5 stars The Arts and Sciences Alive in Antarctica, January 5, 2001
This review is from: Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica (Paperback)
A young and adventureous female writer describes scientists and technicians in Antarctica. Ms. Wheeler transforms 7-month in science camps into a refreshing exposition of people and places. Ms. Wheeler is not of the touchy-feely kind. At a fast clip she instead surprises with delightful stories of encounters with a different breed of people in a different land. "Terra Incognita" is not all ice but also mountains and deserts and abundant life. As a scientist I felt at times described like a caged animal on display. She pokes fun of subjects and self that the feeble may not always like. Her book made me laugh and smile often. It still does.
The people in Ms. Wheeler's book reminded me of companions that I lived with in close quarters working on Arctic research vessels. She succeeds very well to reveal the essence of men and women who live science. With humor and gripping commentary she depicts the human side of science. This is also new travel writing at its very best since Bruce Chatwin stopped writing. As Ms. Wheeler's first book on travels in Chile, "Terra Incognita" reflects a healthy thirst for life and wanderlust.
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