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In Shackleton's Footsteps: A Return To The Heart Of The Antarctic Hardcover – November 22, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
For one thing, you'll have to go throught the first 100 pages or so for Worsley's march in Antarctica to actually begin. In a 288 pages book, that a lot of ink spent on preparations...
I was hoping that the book would be as entertaining as Adrian Raeside "Return to Antarctica" but it never approched the quality of Raeside tremendous work. While Raeside reveals parts of the never before printed dairies of Silas Wright and Griffith Taylor (of Scott's Terra Nova expedition), Henry Worsley "Footsteps" never treat us with Eric Marshall or Jameson Adams views of the Nimrod expedition. A lost opportunity if you ask me.
The author inter-mixed Shackleton's try on the South Pole with his own, and while Shackleton's adventure is light-years more valuable historically, he left what would be of interest for the reader. How can the author overlook Shackleton's act of incredible generosity and altruism when, starving, he offered Frank Wild his biscuit, "nothing could have bought this biscuit" wrote Wild or Eric Marshall's heroic solo march in brutal conditions.
This book is for Shackleton die hard only, but if you are don't think you'll learn anything new.
However it was difficult to sympathise with this guy as he nagged the other 2 members of the group, yet seemed to be the weak link in both the physical and psychological aspects of the trip.
He also obsessed about Ernest Shackleton (whose deeds they were trying to emulate) and read from his diary every night before going to bed.
As I am going to Antarctica soon (as a Tourist of course being cossetted all the way) I learnt a lot about the current conditions there compared with the extremely primitive set-up 100 years ago.