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Antarctic Oasis: Under the Spell of South Georgia Hardcover – May 17, 1998
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The first thing you notice about this handsome book is a surfeit of color. In the mind's eye, the Antarctic is a study in sterile white, but in the Carrs' spectacular photographs, the Antarctic island of South Georgia is brilliant with green and gold lichen and grasses, the bright orange markings of penguins, the tawny beauty of caribou, and spectacular skies. One hundred miles long and glacier-clad, South Georgia is the South Pole's oasis, home to 2.2 million fur seals, hundreds of thousands of penguins, the world's largest flock of wandering albatrosses, countless petrels, and two human beings, the Carrs, a couple famous for their sailing prowess and love of far-off lands. Their gorgeous and unexpected photographs, lively history of the island, and personable account of their lives onboard their 100-year-old yacht reignite our sense of wonder in nature and remind us that it is possible to live in the wilderness and do no harm. Donna Seaman
A magnificent book....[T]he pictures are the best I've seen in a cruising narrative. -- Soundings, December 1998
Stunning photographs, accounts of the Carrs' experiences, and a survey of Antarctic natural history void the impression of a stark, lifeless place. Instead, the Carrs, the only two permanent inhabitants of the island of South Georgia for the past five years, reveal a land abounding with albatrosses, seals, and plush greenery during the summer months. -- Science News, 7 November 1998
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The fact that they kept the rigging and all its gear simple, basic and strong, with nothing electronic -- similar to almost all the 100-year-old style equipment -- means they had nothing modern that would be fragile to break or to go wrong. The last generation of fine sailors, such as the Hiscocks and the Smeetons, would have approved entirely of their sailing skills and basic, good seamanship.
I really appreciate the writing: it's delightfully clear, neither pedantic nor flowery -- but shows their confidence in their abilities while also revealing their awareness of their fragility in such a potentially overwhelming environment.
The photographer is stellar! From a sailor's perspective, this book is beautiful both in its photographs and its writing -- a thrill to read! I've been savouring it slowly, like a delicious gourmet meal. If the Shackelton crew could come back and take this journey with the Carrs, they'd be thrilled. Meanwhile, any reader will be, too.