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I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination

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Francis Spufford explores the British obsession with polar exploration in a book that Jan Morris, writing in The Times, called, "A truly majestic work of scholarship, thought and literary imagination..." The title, a last quote from one explorer to his party as he left their tent never to return, embodies the danger and mystery that fueled the romantic allure of the poles ...more
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published November 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Press (first published June 24th 1996)
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Rick
Mar 06, 2010 Rick rated it really liked it
I MAY BE SOME TIME: ICE AND THE ENGLISH IMAGINATION is a fascinating account of the effects of polar exploration on British thinking from the 18th through 20th centuries.

Among the ideas that affected the English imagination are the power and sublimity of nature, heroism and disaster, the reputations of lost explorers, and the characteristics of native peoples.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of ideas, and one need not be a fan of polar exploration to enjoy it.
Adam Belcher
Jan 27, 2011 Adam Belcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book. Beautiful representation of the British spirt of adventure and exploration. It manages to combine biographies, diary entries, novels and short stories and first hand accounts of polar exploration seamlessly into a dissection of the attitudes and beliefs of the British public and intelligentsia over the course of our obsession with the polar landscapes.
Erica
i couldn't get far in this book. the topic was fascinating, but it was so tediously written that it just wasn't gonna happen. worth skimming or lookin for specific topics, but definitely not a cover to cover for me.
Chris Stanley
Interesting topic, but felt like it was written by a less than enthusiastic writer. I guess I skim-read it! Another reader has suggested that it may be too academic, and I'd go along with that, in my case anyway. Some interesting points along the way but too little on Scott.
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Spufford began as a writer of non-fiction, though always with a strong element of story-telling. Among his early books are I May Be Some Time, The Child That Books Built, and Backroom Boys. He has also edited two volumes of polar literature. But beginning in 2010 with Red Plenty, which explored the Soviet Union around the time of Sputnik using a mixture of fiction and history, he has been drawing ...more
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