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Emperors of the Ice: A True Story of Disaster and Survival in the Antarctic, 1910-13

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In the Antarctic Winter of 1911 - waiting to assist Robert Falcon Scott in his bid to conquer the South Pole - three extraordinary men decided to amuse themselves with a side-expedition to Cape Crozier. The point was to test a theory by collecting and studying the incubating eggs of the Emperor penguin. They set out into the perpetual winter dark hauling two sleds with a c ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Michelle
What an Adventure!

I really enjoyed this book more than I expects to, but I was excited to learn about the geography of the antarctic area as described by Cherry.
Although I believe Scott made many mistakes in planning and executing this trip, the two most egregious to me are: paying money for sledges versus dogs, when their wasn't that much information on pledges, especially used in extreme temperatures; and allowing his friend, Bill, take a scientific excursion into extremely dangerous territory
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Becky
I have mixed feelings on Emperors of the Ice: A True Story of Disaster and Survival in the Antarctic, 1910-13. On the one hand, it is a fictional memoir based on an actual memoir. Much research was done to write this one. Perhaps just as much research as if it was a traditional nonfiction book. The author's love of the subject was evident throughout. The book is told primarily if not exclusively through the eyes of one of the men on the expedition, Apsley Cherry-Garrard. The exception being the ...more
Katie
So you think this winter has been cold and snowy? Try sleeping out in a tent in -77º F temperatures, which is what Apsley Cherry-Garrard did on his trip to Antartica in 1910. At only 23 years old, Cherry was chosen to join Captain Robert F. Scott’s expedition to Antartica to carry out scientific experiments, and hopefully plant the British flag at the South Pole. He was given the title of assistant zoologist, and one of his missions was to collect the eggs of the emperor penguin for study. Durin ...more
Karen
Blind as a bat, a poor navigator and inexperinced with dogs Aspley George Benet Cherry-Garrad never thought he would realize his dream of becomming an explorer. He considers himself the luckiest man alive when he is chosen to accompany Robert F. Scott's expedition to Antarctica. In addition to reaching the South Pole, Scott had many scientific experiments planned for the expedition. One of these was to journey to Cape Crozier to gather the eggs of the Emperor Penguin. Cherry accompanies Bill Wil ...more
Walker Miller
To start with, the author of Emperors of the Ice is Richard Farr. This book is rewrite of the book Worst Journey written by Apsley Cherry-Garrard or just Cherry. Worst Journey is Cherry’s written account of his expedition. Cherry is also the main character and narrator of Emperors of the Ice. Now that we cleared that up, we can begin to understand Richard Farr’s purpose in writing his book. After he read Worst Journey, he knew that he had to rewrite this great story of heroism and tragedy. Farr ...more
Paul
Emperors of the Ice by Richard Farr is a story within a story of the ill-fated Robert F. Scott expedition to the South Pole 1910-1912. It tells of gathering penguin eggs and other adventures in the face of gale force winds and extremely cold temperatures. The bounds of human endurance seem incredible. The fictionalized slant to very real accounts made for an authentic convincing read. Those early explorers were tough. It is told from the point of view of Apsley Cherry-Garrard. He was a wealthy O ...more
Jackmccullough
Great book. This is an account of Scott's fatal second expedition to the South Pole, told in the voice of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, and based in part on his monumental work, The Worst Journey in the World.
This is published for advanced younger readers, age 12 and up, but the story isn't dumbed-down, and an adult reader will find it as satisfying and gripping as a younger reader. The voice is all Cherry, and he tells the story of the first human expedition to see nesting Emperor penguins, which was
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William N. Clark
Great read.

The book was too short. I would have wanted more details. The author should have developed the story line as well as the characters.
Dawn Rutherford
Enjoyable, though hard to pin as non-fiction or fiction. But recommended.
Adrienne
This book is an interesting blend of fiction (since the book is told from Cherry's first-person point of view but not written by Cherry) and nonfiction (since it's based extensively on Cherry's own writing and other historical documents and it's only the dialogue that is imagined). It was interesting to see how the trip was about more than just making it to the Pole; it was also about science and experimentation. This is a fine book for those interested in learning more about Antarctic explorati ...more
Vanessa
I read this in 2010 as preparation for the American Museum of Natural History's centennial exhibit on the Race to the South Pole. This is an easy (and brief) introduction to Antarctic history, Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen's goals and crew and what happened to everyone during and after their "race".

If you are curious about the history of Antarctica but don't want to read something that's too dry, this is a good way to get a general idea.
Dan
Emperors of the Ice is a slightly fictionalized account of the 1910-1913 Scott expedition to Antarctica and the South Pole. It is truly a dramatic story of adventure, hardship, and very good men, some of whom gave their lives. The first person narrative style of the account made it more relateable and personal, however I was slightly turned off because of it. I was expecting a solid history book.
Jennifer W
Wow! I was very surprised by this book. I was surprised because I had no knowledge of the groups of people who explored the Antarctic. I was also surprised at how well written this story was. I loved the mix of the "true" information combined with the fictionalization of the events which couldn't be proven. I really recommend this book to anyone who likes a good adventure.
Molly
For some reason, this fat children's librarian who doesn't like to leave her recliner just looooves this type of adventure. I love to read about these explorers who defy the elements in their quest for some crazy goal. This one follows the story of a member of an expedition to reach the South Pole -- and to get some Emperor penguin eggs along the way.
123
This was a great book. I picked it out in the library and started reading it. I found it kind of interesting. I then researched the stry and found out more about it. In the end it was sooo sad. This was one of only two books that have made me cry. This one, was the first based on a true story. READ IT!!!!!!!!
Phil
Factual without being a textbook.

I enjoyed the fact that the heroic deeds in the book revolved around the pursuit of scientific studies and not just being the first to reach the South Pole.

I found the book interesting, but would not pick it up again for a second read, so it only gets 3 stars.
Sandy
It was a different age in 1911 when Robert Falcon Scott and his crew set off from Cardif, Wales for the South Pole. Scott and 4 others would not return. Adventure reading with a twist...this book is a fictional account and condensed version one of the team's books published in 1923.
Allison
Really great. The second half really helped give insight into the Terra Nova polar expedition. The first half set up previous expeditions and put the 1911-1912 expedition into context.
Lex
I'm glad to have experienced this books but I had to take a few breaks because it depressed me. I am amazed at what these men went through but sometimes it was too sad for me.
Brett
I read this without any real history of what it was about. Kind of a grim ending to it and somewhat off from where it was going. Not a bad and fast read though.
Keefeli
I found the first person point of view annoying since the book was presented as non-fiction yet was not written by Apsley Cherry Garrard.
Bryon
It is amazing to me what torture people will go through in the name of adventure. Read it in one night. I couln't put it down.
Jolene
If you are interested in the tales of the North this is an interesting account of the quest to reach the South Pole.
Helen
This was interesting, but again pretty depressing since most of them die before the end!
Scott Vawser
I thought my trip to the Vic Alps was cold! Minus 70F - old school heroes these guys!
Matthew Foster
Even though you may not be strong, you are still good at something.
Michael
The story is solid enough; the reader makes it so good.
Shayla
A great book and I admit I got teary at one point
Molly
Well-written, beautifully illustrated, intense.
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