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The Nature of Ice

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A compelling novel of hope, love, and loss set in the startlingly beautiful landscape of Antarctica
Capricious, the nature of ice; as impetuous as faithless deeds. So easy to forget that sea ice is only a veneer, inherently flawed, skin-deep as desire, so transitory as to be scattered out to sea, displaced by ocean, dispersed by wind—gone in the lapse of a day.

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Paperback, 374 pages
Published July 21st 2010 by Allen & Unwin (first published September 1st 2009)
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I loved this book. I read it while at Davis Station, in Antarctica- where the novel is set. It accurately captured some of the nuances of station life, and the descriptions of places around the station were vivid and clear- having been to some of the huts recently, it felt like I'd jumped back on a quad and was on the ice again. Again, the quality of the description of the icebreaker Aurora Australis made me homesick for her, with accurate imagery down to the light in different areas of the ship ...more
Robyn Mundy's book found me when I was researching Frank Hurley,an Australian photographer well known for his atmospheric and engaging pictures of Antarctica.
Reviewed by others as 'a poetic, multi-stranded novel of present and past, hope and tragedy, love and loss. It is both a love story and a heart-stopping, intensely moving polar adventure story, bringing to vivid life the haunting landscape of Antarctica, the frozen continent that intrigues us all."
I have to agree -the writing is superb, the
I have to give this book an "it was ok" because while I liked it, and might possibly re-read it one day; I found my mind wandering while reading it. It really couldn't keep my attention, which is more likely my problem, than the author's. Or not. I'm not sure.

This book is NOT a policially correct narrative on global warming.There is no political leaning in this book that I could ascertain, which gave me pause when I picked it up, because I almost expected a environmental screed of alarm or wor
Aug 01, 2009 Larissa rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Freya Jorgensen is on her way to Antarctica. She has obtained a grant to produce a photographic expedition of Antarctica, incorporating not only her own pictures that she will take while there, but also the pictures taken by her 'hero' Frank Hurley, a photographer on one of the first expeditions to Antarctica.

But this story is not Freya's alone, as Freya is forced to share her time and her experiences in Antarctica with Chad McGonigal. And it is their story together that allows Freya to explore
The curious case of the book that didn't know what it wanted to be

I read The Nature of Ice because it is part of our book-club reading and while I did get to the end and thought it was ok, it won't be a particularly memorable or life-changing read. Not a bad book, I must say, just quite vanilla. Why you ask? Well, by the end of the book I didn't really feel like I 'got' what the author was trying to do or say with her book. I understand there was some fancy paralleling of the travels, and emotio
OK, so I might be slightly biased, but I did thoroughly enjoy this (even though I was slightly uncomfortably cold while reading it). When I have witnessed so many undeserving people get published over the years, it is refreshing to know someone with real talent and a commendable work ethic get their work out there. And it is a good, compelling read.
Amanda Curtin
This is a stunning book in so many ways: beautifully written, complex in its interweaving of a contemporary story of love and loss in Antarctica with a gripping portrayal of Douglas Mawson's epic 1911–12 Antarctic expedition, and a third, visual narrative comprising the historic photographs of Frank Hurley.
Jane Moores
A slow, controlled ,contained story. Enjoyable but polite.
I started this just because of antarctica and Mawson and how much I like all that stuff but it turned out to be a pretty good novel. Cleverly put together and captivating. A nice surprise.
Robin Bower
A great parallel storyline juxtaposing Mawson's past exploring with the contemporary protagonist and her journey.
I shouldn't have picked it up in the first place. So lame.
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Antarctica has been the backdrop of Robyn's life for 16 years, and is the setting of her novel, The Nature of Ice. Robyn works part of each year on ship-based tours to remote locales that regularly include the Antarctic and Arctic. She has both summered and wintered at Australian Antarctic stations in the role of a field assistant on science wildlife projects. Robyn co-authored the Young Readers a ...more
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