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End of the Earth: Voyaging to Antarctica

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America's greatest literary naturalist takes readers on the ultimate wildlife safari: a true back-of-beyond voyage to the world's most unforgiving land, the islands off Antarctica's northern ice shelf, and to that second most remote place on earth, South Georgia Island.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by National Geographic (first published 2003)
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Recounts some trips Mattheissen made while working as a wildlife guide on an antarctic cruise ship. A lovely read. Not as philosophical as The Snow Leopard (the only other book of his that I've read) but introspective all the same. Beautiful descriptions of the landscape and wildlife. Interesting on birds in particular and some exlporation history. Made me want to go to Antarctica if I ever win the lottery.
Stephen Hayes
Peter Matthiessen writes about two journeys to Antarctica, one from Tierra del Fuego in South America to the shore of the Antarctic Peninula west of the Weddell Sea, and the second from Tasmania to the Ross Sea, almost on the other side of the continent.

On both occasions he travelled on Russian ships, which, because of the economic situation in Russia, no longer ply the northern coast of Russia, but find tourist trips at the other end of the world more profitable.

Matthiesen describes not just...more
Darth Birder
The approach is interesting, nevertheless it has so many mistakes that if you have been to antarctica (or worse, if you work there EVERY summer season, EVERY year), its reading becomes a hillarious experience. The funniest part is knowing some of the people described in the book (all contemporary, their names could have been changed for privacy's sake). Surprising that a book with so many errors was published by National Geographic.
Impenetreble book. Unless you really, really like reading about birds.
Here lie dragons.
David Ward
End of the Earth: Voyage to Antarctica by Peter Matthiessen (National Geographic Society 2004) (508.989). Peter Matthiessen and National Geographic literally trek to the end of the earth on the ultimate wildlife safari. My rating: 7/10, finished 2005.
A legendary polar explorer details trips to Antarctica showing his love and fascination about the white continent. Well done.
Want to go there - to the ends of the earth - with PM
Johanna C.
a nice little travel journal with brilliant moments
quit 'cause it bored me out of my life.
Bob Peru
peter matthiessen. hero.
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Peter Matthiessen is the author of more than thirty books and the only writer to win the National Book Award for both non-fiction (The Snow Leopard, in two categories, in 1979 and 1980) and fiction (Shadow Country, in 2008). A co-founder of The Paris Review and a world-renowned naturalist, explorer and activist, he died in April 2014.
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