Ends of the Earth (The ends of the earth #1)
An excellent collection that shows us Arctic in different times, when the early discoverers were going to the Pole to today's global warming struggles, and from different sides. We get to read some great fiction writers such as Jack London and Jules Verne and mainly non fiction written by people who went there. Diaries of discoverers, an analysis of a possibility of a murder during an ex...more
The Ends of the Earth is two anthologies of essays about the Arctic and the Antarctic, each collected by separate editors.I believe this also appears in a 2-volume boxed version, but the edition I read had them back-to-back -- o...more
This was not a subject I was previously interested in, but picked up the book on a whim thinking that it might offer some surprises. There were plenty of intriguing little stories inside, but I think a longer-format description of these arctic and antarctic adventurers would be more satisfying. Good for an introduction.
Also learned: don't think I'm that fond of Jules Verne, after reading an excerpt of his that's included.
Both North and South were mind-expanding reading, though I could have done without the inclusion of the H.P. Lovecraft (which despite what I've said about enjoying the Antartic selections more, did appear in Spofford's selections).
Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change and The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. She lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with her husband and children.