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Shackleton: The Polar Journeys: The Heart of the Antarctic; The Story of the British Antarctic Exepdition 1907-1909

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Shackleton's voyage to the heart of the frozen continent has been the subject of three "New York Times" bestsellers, a TV documentary, as well as a major motion picture in production. Now, Signet presents the only mass market edition of this history-making expedition, told by the man who led the treacherous journey in 1907. 16 pages of photos.
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published February 22nd 2002 by Birlinn Publishers (first published January 1st 1909)
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Dans la catégorie « aventures polaires qui font froid dans le dos et les chaussettes », j’avais lu le merveilleux et sublime Terreur de Dan Simmons. Cette lecture m’avait donné envie d’en lire plus sur le sujet, mais un livre en entraînant un autre… Or, lors de ma découverte de Jeffrey Archer et de l’existence brève et intense de George Mallory, le sujet est revenu sur le tapis, car de grands noms de l’exploration polaire étaient cités dans la biographie romancée. Encore sous le choc de la fin t ...more
Kate
Picked this up more or less at random, because I needed a book to read on the plane and my mom had it on her shelf. I wasn't expecting to get through it, but to my surprise I really enjoyed it. Shackleton's narrative is a bit repetitive--"got up at X time, temperature Y, sledged Z hours over slope Q; Wild has dysentery again"--but there are a lot of genuinely moving passages, mostly when Shackleton describes incredible Antarctic landscapes that no one had ever seen before. The book actually made ...more
Martha
This book was endlessly fascinating and I became very absorbed in it. It took me a little over an entire month to read, just a few pages at night, which is a very long time for me. But I loved every minute of it. I learned so much, I was amazed and inspired by the story, and I talked about it at length to those who would listen. I am definitely going to read his other books. It only falters slightly near the end when you switch to reading the account of one of the men on another expedition team; ...more
Curtiss
The story of the Nimrod Expeditioon of 1907-1909, and Sir Ernest Shackleton's attempt to reach the South Pole; which ultimately came within 97 miles of its goal, achieving a new "furthest south" latitude at 8823'S. An epic record of gruelling effort, back-breaking strain, and bitter cold (only surpassed by that of Shackleton's 1914 Expedition); as the sledging team raced against the calendar, their dwindling food supply, and the possibility of missing a vital food depot on the return journey, wi ...more
Tamhack
This books explains more about how Shackleton becomes Shackleton. Where his philosophies came to from and what experiences shaped him for his future expeditions and decisions as a leader.
The book describes the beauty of the Antarctic--almost make me to become an Antarctic explorer except I don't know if I have what it takes to survive the enviroment at such odds (the constant lack of food, the physical labor to cross the land, the unexpected dangers (snowblindness, starvation, frostbite, crevice
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Bonnie
This book was so interesting that I actually found myself sharing bits and pieces of it with those around me while reading. I am so amazed at what these men were able to endure and accomplish in such extreme circumstances. I will definitely be reading his other book, "South", about another of his expeditions.
Ray Kelly
A fascinating insight into the early days of exploration in the Antarctic.At times i felt as though i was there.Would highly recommend.
Jason
A bit of a slog and pretty tedious as each day bled into the next on his journey south. It's hard to imagine anyone doing something this difficult without modern equipment or sensible ideas about nutrition but you have to give them credit, these were some very tough and resilient people.
Tom Oman
A fairly interesting account of the lengths that were taken to explore this inhospitable place on earth. Not exactly a monumental point in history, but anyone with an interest in adventures, exploration and expeditions will find it amusing enough.
Mia
Read a long time ago (1990's?) on one of my adventure reading phases. Interesting.
kunkku
excellent, a true leader in the best british tradition...
Andy
Hard going. But amazing tales of the human spirit.
Julián
good adventure book.
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Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, CVO, OBE was an Anglo-Irish merchant naval officer who made his reputation as an explorer during what is known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, a period of discovery characterised by journeys of geographical and scientific exploration in a largely unknown continent, without any of the benefits of modern travel methods or radio communication.
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