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Ordeal by Ice: The Search for the Northwest Passage

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Ordeal by Ice is the thrilling account of the great Northern explorers: men who struggled, starved, and finally conquered the capricious forces of the bitter Northern winter in a centuries-long search for the Northwest Passage. The stories, compiled by award-winning author Farley Mowat and presented in gripping, firsthand narratives, capture both the stark drama of the str ...more
Paperback, 428 pages
Published February 28th 1989 by Peregrine Smith Books (first published 1973)
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Owen
Jul 15, 2012 Owen rated it really liked it
Farley Mowat first went to Arctic climes as a boy during the 1930s. After the war he returned to the North, and began a career as an author which has continued for half a century. At the same time, he developed a deep attachment to the Canadian wilderness which has led him on a long and extraordinary voyage of personal discovery. In the late fifties, after a decade of Arctic activity, Mowat conceived the idea of writing a history of the major explorations which had taken place there. His purpose ...more
Chris K
Jul 14, 2011 Chris K rated it really liked it
Very inspired by some of the heroic people who were involved in the search for a Northwest passage and astounded by the idiocy of others. A good read that illustrates the ingenuity of the Inuit and the irony of European disdain for their 'savage' ways despite the fact that they were masters of arctic survival.
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Shelves: natural-history
Step back to 1576-1906, to a time when the NW Passage was first discovered by Arctic travellers who did not have oil and gas on their minds but only determination to push their way through ice barriers linking the lands and people of the north.
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Farley McGill Mowat was a conservationist and one of Canada's most widely-read authors.
Many of his most popular works have been memoirs of his childhood, his war service, and his work as a naturalist. His works have been translated into 52 languages and he has sold more than 14 million books.
Mowat studied biology at the University of Toronto. During a field trip to the Arctic, Mowat became outrag
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