The Home of the Blizzard: A True Story of Antarctic Survival
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The Home of the Blizzard: A True Story of Antarctic Survival

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"The Home of the Blizzard" is a tale of discovery and adventure in the Antarctic -- of pioneering deeds, great courage, heart-stopping rescues, and heroic perseverance. This is Douglas Mawson's first-hand account of his years spent in sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds. At the heart of the story is Mawson's epic sledge journey from 1912 - 1913, during which his com...more
Hardcover, 438 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1915)
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This is without a doubt a five star read. I learned so much about Antarctia as well as some new vocabulary. These were the most vivid for me: arite (sharp ascending edge of a mountain), lead (in this case, a narrow open water path in an ice floe or solid ice), neve (compact snow in the process of becoming glacial ice, sastrugi (irrigularaties in the snow due to wind as waves or ripples formed by hard winds), and nash (refers to cormorants).

The expedition appears to have been blessed with good f...more
I have been living under a rock. How did I miss the story of to recreate Mawson's journey?

Or his book?

Mawson  Life and Death in Antarctica by Tim Jarvis
Mawson: Life and Death in Antarctica

Or his award-winning 90-minute documentary following the expedition that re-enacted the polar survival journey of Sir Douglas Mawson ?

This sensational headline from the time of Jarvis' trip says it all: "Accused of eating a team mate to survive, he's the polar hero history chose to forget. A century later, one remarkable man set out to prove Douglas Mawson...more
Douglas Mawson's "The Home of the Blizzard" is a very comprehensive account of his two years exploring Antarctica. It is really a terrific description of the trials and hardships, including an incredible sledge journey in which Mawson lost one of his two teammates, his best dogs and most of his food. From a pure adventure standpoint, I enjoyed Lennard Bickel's "Mawson's Will" slightly more -- just because Mawson somewhat downplays just how incredible his survival was. However, this book is reall...more
This is a compelling story of endurance, courage and determination on the most inhospitable continent on earth. Mawson's recount tells of the wonder, excitement and horror of early Antarctic exploration in vivid detail; today's reader can only marvel at how these scientists were able to manage living conditions in such a hostile environment and to set the standard of scientific achievement for future expeditions.
The first part of the tale covers how in 1912 a team of 18 men set up a base and le...more
I really enjoy reading books about polar exploration. There's something fascinating, terrifying, and inspiring about these stories. I ran across a segment of this book reprinted in The Ends of the Earth and it made me want to read the whole thing.

The Australian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-1914, led by Douglas Mawson sought to map out and explore the geography, meteorology, and wildlife of Adelie Land, the portion of Antarctica which faced Australia. Unlike other explorers on the continent at th...more
Warnie B.
I had a difficult time of keeping track of the timeline here--I think the dates for each section are written at the beginning, as well as the name of who wrote each part, but I have a really bad habit of skimming over that stuff, and since I was reading an e-book version, it wasn't real easy to flip back and remind myself. Still though, really enjoyable writing, from all involved, and it was especially interesting to me that Mawson and Scott were there at the same time, and that Mawson's party a...more
Jerry Triplett
Awesome read of personal survival in the most forbidden place on earth.
Alex Laycock
blimey! blimey their determination in terrible conditions,ive NO desire to go to Antarctica now,and they had such primative equipment and clothes,i LOVED the stories abotu their dogs,despite they ended up eating them,and the spirit of humans to battle on,The book had some incredible photos in it turner :-)
Meera Flame
An amazing and often shocking and disturbing read. I am astounded by what these men experienced both physically and emotionally. Such as the loss of s friend down a crevasse, one moment he is following behind with his sledge and dogs, the next he is simply gone. Traumatizing. Their physical suffering actually led me to stop reading for a while, it so disturbed me. But I was committed to finishing their story and I am amazed that Mawson survived this journey.
Jerry Jackson
A real hidden gem. One of the great survival and human endurance stories that I have read. This first hand account provides great detail, emotion, and reflection by the author who was also the survivor. I found this book at an old book store in the New Orleans French Quarter about 10 years ago. Still one of my favorite finds.
Feb 11, 2011 Karen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Went to a lecture at the Boise Public Library called "Worst Journeys: Fifty Plus Epic, Harrowing, Real Life Tales."
There are a lot of books on the list they handed out, but I will only list here the ones that the speaker made special note of.

This one is Douglas Mawson own tale of survival.
Joshua Horn
The official book of the Austrailian exposition to Antarctica under Sir Douglas Mawson. It isn't well known today and there were some great stories. The book is good, but it does get a bit slow at times going through the day to day drudgery of the expedition
Wow, I loved this book. I love all books like this. Extreme adventure and exploration. Amazing story and well-written.
One of my favorite polar stories. Most terrifying description of crossing crevasses I have yet read.
Excellent book on the Antarctic.
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