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Cold Burial: A True Story of Endurance and Disaster

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Jack Hornby was determined to make himself as great a name as George Mallory, Robert Scott, and T.E. Lawrence---self-assured, aristocratic, handsome, his life’s ambition was to prove to his family and to the world that he could survive, even thrive, in one of the most inhospitable regions in the world. During the winter of 1926--1927, Hornby led a foolhardy expedition to t ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 10th 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published June 9th 2001)
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Xysea
Oct 15, 2007 Xysea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs
The subject was fascinating, but the writing was dull.

I have been trying to read this book for two weeks and only got to page 89 before realizing it would be months before I finished. In fact, I finished two other (good) books in the space of time I've been mulling over trying to wrap up this one. That's a bad sign.

Still, when I could find a few quiet moments this book did have a compelling story behind it. Jack Hornby was a dashing, romantic figure of sorts - aristocratic, wealthy, eccentric.
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Amy
Feb 21, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1927, 18-year-old Edgar Christian went with his mother's cousin, Jack Hornby, and another young man, to explore the Barrens region of Canada. Edgar had kind of a hero worship for Hornby - he was famous for his explorations and adored in England. Hornby was an experienced Arctic Explorer, but seemed to be kind of a seat-of-the-pants kind of person. They had a lot of equipment, but not a lot of food. Apparently Hornby was planning to catch a caribou migration and live off of the caribou meat fo ...more
Suzanne
Sep 12, 2008 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Whoever finds this, look in stove."

Based on the diary bequeathed to his old school in Folkestone by his grieving parents, this tells the story of naive Edgar Christian, his cousin Jack Hornby and their fellow companion Howard Adlar, on their two year voyage, led by Hornby, to the Barren Ground, the lands west of Hudson Bay and east and north of the Great Slave Lake. An ill-conceived journey which was to end in tragedy.

Deceptively simple in its style, this is one which, if you enjoy reading abo
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Les Wolf
Apr 23, 2013 Les Wolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A penetrating look into the lives and minds of rugged frontiersmen and survivalists, the last of their breed, in the 1920's. Jack Hornby, the world-renowned man-of-the-wild, teams up with Harold Adlard, a World War I veteran and sharpshooter and Edgar Christian, his nephew, newly graduated from high school. The three travel to one of the most remote and hostile regions of the world; the Canadian Northwest area known as the Barrens. For a year, they plan to explore the region's rivers and lakes a ...more
Rob Corbett
Apr 11, 2013 Rob Corbett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oh. Good. God. This first hand account of the slow painful lonely death of three arctic adventurers is dark as dark gets. Worst of all it is completely true! As a distance backpacker and wilderness lover myself, I found this book completely entharalling, and haunting. Anyone with the love of adventure, the out of doors and human frailty would be well served by reading this book. I dont need to read this again,as it is etched in my memory forever.
Shirley
Apr 17, 2012 Shirley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This was an effort to read, and not written in the most engaging way. However, I managed to finish it, and the author had obviously researched well, and there was a lot of detail about how to survive/or not against all the odds - so I'm glad I finished it.
Marlene Heroux
Jan 29, 2013 Marlene Heroux rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating account of a man's misjudgement of his ability to survive in wild places and the terrible ending he, and, more importantly those he charmed into joining him suffered, as he lived out his dreams.
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