Top positive review
Excellent preview for travel, fine writing
on October 29, 2016
Though I bought this as a preview to a trip to Antarctica, it's a beautiful read for anyone who cares about this no longer pristine area, it's wild life and the ice. Lovely writing that is neither romantic nor too strictly scientific, it covers the remarkable animals of land, sea and under sea comprehensively but not exhaustively. The author is a seasoned researcher, not primarily a nature writer. It also touches on the physical & psychological conditions faced by researchers without being about them. It prepared me for the beauty of the place and the not so lovely smell of penguin rookeries and has some excellent coverage (again, not exhaustive) of the history of exploration there. It's a book I'll take with me to reread as I travel. NB: it is out of date now in terms of policy and politics affecting Antarctica but that is not too difficult to research on line.