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Mrs. Chippy's Last Expedition: The Remarkable Journal Of Shackleton's Polar Bound Cat: Complete And Unabridged

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  150 ratings  ·  35 reviews
The wry, compelling, and wonderfully erudite diary of Mrs. Chippy, the only cat aboard Sir Ernest Shackleton's" " Antarctic expedition, will delight discriminating cat lovers and make a treasured keepsake for years to come. As chronicled in the classic "Endurance, " Shackleton's expedition to Antarctica is regarded as one of the most perilous in history. After sailing half ...more
Published October 1st 1997 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Ok, some light reading here. I got this book in McMurdo. One riveting tale about the male cat, Mrs Chippy, who was on Shackleton's polar expedition 1914-1915. The book is from the perspective of the cat. Haughty, self-important, vastly superior to all other species on board, and I know how ridiculous this must sound to all of you, but one of the funniest book I have ever read.

The only downside is that ultimately, how to put this delicately...Ernest Shackleton shot Mrs. Chippy.

There, I said it
Wow, did I LOVE this little book!
I knew C.Alexander knew her stuff re Seafaring, the Endurance Expedition, & Shackleton, but boy does she know cats too! While this book is classified as fiction it really is more historical fiction for Alexander based the entire "diary" on documented events, only embellishing the way Mrs. Chippy was thinking/perceiving them. Even there, it clearly is based on a very genuine, intimate understanding of cat behavior & attitude and I'd venture to say Alexand
I couldn't believe the end. I wasn't positive what occurred so I googled Mrs. Chippy. OMG, I AM SO ANGRY!!! How could they have???!!!
Totally spoiled the story for me. And then not to give McNeish the polar award??? My opinion of Sir Ernest Shackleton has plummeted. He saved all his men but not all of his crew.
The story was cute until then, Mrs. Chippy quite beloved. This is supposed to be his (Mrs. Chippy was a male cat) journal of the expedition. It was funny and sweet, then BLAM. My anger is r
Will Byrnes
When Ernest Shackleton sailed his ship Endurance to the Antarctic, there was more on board than merely men, stores and a dream. There was Mrs Chippy, actually a male cat. Mrs. Chippy’s Last Expedition is a feline-level view of that unfortunate journey, at least the first, less horrifying part. And it is charming. Our family is fond of cats. We share our home with five at present, among which is Madison. I often refer to her as my four-legged wife (as opposed to my two-legged variety, and of cour ...more
A male tiger-striped Tabby named Mrs. Chippy, carpenter's mate to Henry "Chippy" McNeish, carpenter, onboard Endurance on the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1914-15 was the explorer's Explorer. This book is Mrs. Chippy's journal of that expedition, starting Jan. 15, 1915, five months after the Endurance left London, and days before it became trapped in ice. If you're already familiar with Shackleton's ill-fated Antarctic expedition and have read the books, you may enjoy reading it from a ...more
4fabfelines Cox
This book is very cute and has notes and thought from the ships' crew on the polar bound expedetion. The photographs were quite good and it was interesting the dynamics of the whole ship and the crew.
The ending is very sad though, they have to abandon the ship and trek across the ice so Shackleton orders several of the sled dogs pup and the cat shot and killed. (she could have rode in the sled.) Harry McNish felt the loss of the cat most profoundly and he was wrote up for discipline problems lat
Amber Lea
I'm a little disappointed because I was under the impression that Henry McNish wrote this journal from the point of view of his cat. I guess it's easy for me to assume that since my grandfather was a carpenter and I think that's absolutely something he would have done.

I actually recommend pretending that's what's going on because it makes it that much funnier. (Because then you imagine him projecting these beliefs and attitudes about his shipmates onto his cat.)

This book was perfect. If ever a c
Aug 31, 2014 David rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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Absolutely fabulous tongue in cheek look at history, telling the story of Shakleton's ill-fated 'Endurance' expedition from the perspective of the ship's cat. I've always been fascinated by the story of Shakleton's feat of endurance, no pun intended, and even bought a facsimile of Mrs. Chippy years ago when my partner and I were on our first holiday away together, and finding and reading this book not only taught
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I read Mrs. Chippy's Last Expedition: The Remarkable Journal of Shackleton's Polar Bound Cat, by Caroline Alexander. The book is about an expedition ship that gets stuck in the arctic seas, through the cats eyes. What else it is about is the cat itself because it talks aboout the cat and how she changes, and it is in form of a journal. My favorite part of the book is the part when Mrs. Chippy jumps on top of the dog kennels and tries to go to sleep. I like that part it is funny and also it seem ...more
Jim Puskas
This is a clever, entertaining book, telling part of the story of the Shackleton expedition to Antarctica -- from the viewpoint of the ship's cat.
Readers who also have a general liking for cats will particularly appreciate it, inasmuch as it captures the attitude that seems to be typical with cats. They seem to be self-satisfied and consider themselves to be in charge of the activities that surround them. The misnamed Chippy deems it his duty to inspect all the nooks and crannies around the ship
I loved this book. Shackleton has been a passion of mine since my teens. I thought i had examined the ordeal of the Endurance and her crew from every angle and viewpoint. This alternate voice gave me yet another perspective on, imo, the greatest feat of human endurance and leadership.
Lukrezia Cosimo
Oh, I loved this book, but at the same time it made me very sad. Mrs. Chippy, the cat on the Endurance, tells the story of the loss of the ship from his (yes, his) perspective. Footnotes provide the human context. Although there is a lot of light humour, the book's title gives the reader an uneasy feeling ...
I am a lover of all things Shackleton and Antarctica so I was quite intrigued by this book. However, although its a very easy read, the concept of the cat's journal is a step too far in the search for alternative perspectives. While there was real information in many of the footnotes, the pseudo scientific ones regarding Mrs. Chippy's journal seemed foolish and contrived. The cat's obvious disdain for the dogs was, however, quite amusing. Wouldn't recommend it (though reading other reviews I mig ...more
Becky B
Caroline Alexander provides a more lighthearted look at the Shackleton Expedition's adventure, particularly the part when they were stuck in the ice near the south pole for so many months. Scattered throughout the book are original photographs of the actual Mrs Chippy and crew that accompanied him (yes, Mrs Chippy was a him).

A nice introduction to Shackleton's survival tale. Alexander does an authentic job of making it sound as if written by a cat. Great book for kids and adults who like surviv
Shackleton's quest to travel via ship to Antarctica in the early 1900's was something I studied while getting my Master's degree. Never was it mentioned that they had a cat. (Although they had to eat their sled dogs, they kept a cat alive in frigid weather?)

Anyways this is the story of Chippy, a male cat who went along to see Antarctica.

I debated about buying the book, but I did (on clearance) as a reference in case I ever have to study Shackleton's story again.

Cute Cat -book has some pictures
Laura Mccormack
As an avid fan of the Shackleton story, I loved reading this tale from an unusual point of view. Alexander is talented at capturing a feline's point of view and endearing us to him. Very touching at the end.
Rachel G
I really enjoyed this well-researched account of Shackleton's doomed attempt to cross Antarctica as told by the carpenter's cat, Mrs. Chippy.
Chippy really tells it like it long as you don't mind things slightly skewed by feline sensibilities. In the retelling of this tale, Alexander includes quite a number of footnotes to expand upon many of the points Chippy makes. Many find these distracting, but I thought they were very helpful - especially since this is the first book I've read on t
At first, I thought the book was young adult fiction, but it was not. Written as Mrs. Chippy's journal on Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship the Endurance, the story relates what was happening on the ship from the time it reached the ice to it becoming stuck in the ice to the crew abandoning ship to Mrs. Chippy's end.
The footnotes do make things rather disjointed, but they provide some little know facts about the expedition.
For a Shackleton buff, it was a good read.
This wonderful book chronicles the life of the ship's cat "Mrs Chippy" aboard the Endurance, an expedition in 1914 to reach the South Pole that failed. It’s an entertaining and unique book that brings all the characters to life. I also loved the photographs and ink drawings throughout the book, it brought live on board the ship even more alive. If you are cat lover you will be lost in the story even more
I love anything about Antarctica esp. when it relates to Shackleton, so then find a book that tells the story of the Endurance from the point of view of the ship's cat Mrs. Chippy, consider me completely won over. It was informative, accurate, and amusing. I fear though because I enjoyed a cat story that this might catapult me down the scary road toward Cat Lady Land.
Mrs. Chippy was a tom and he took his duties on the boat very seriously. I suppose there are some who might find this book a bit too self-satisfied, but I loved it and recommended it to everyone. Typically, my Dad didn't like it, but my mother did.
Julie Ann
This is the cutest book ever, and Spot's new nickname is Mrs. Chips!

Just looked at my past books and decided to upgrade my rating for *Mrs. Chippy's Last Expedition.* I recommend this book to people constantly. It totally deserves 5 stars.
Julie L.
Shackleton's historic and heroic expedition to the Antarctic as told by his cat ... it sounds absurd but it is utterly charming, and perfectly captures the feline spirit.
All I remember (I read it so long ago) is that it brought tears to my eyes and I dont want to read it again. It was a warm and caring book and sad and adventurous.
I love Mrs. Chippy's view of the expedition. We study Shackleton in grade 9, and I know the girls will enjoy reading excerpts of Mrs. Chippy's journal!
Kimberly Taylor
If you like cats and know a bit about the adventures of the Endurance, this is a fun quick little read.
Any cat companion will appreciate Mrs. Chippy's unique perspective on the Shackleton story.
Cindy Carlson
Wonderful book for those of us who like cat stories.
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Caroline Alexander has written for The New Yorker, Granta, Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, Outside, and National Geographic. She is the curator of "Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Expedition," an exhibition that opened at the American Museum of Natural History in March 1999. She lives on a farm in New Hampshire.
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