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Escape from the Antarctic (Penguin Great Journeys)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  76 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Although Shackleton's (1874-1922) epic expedition to reach the South Pole was a complete disaster, it was rescued from absurdity by his heroic, terrifying crossing of the Southern Ocean in a small boat to a whaling station on South Georgia. Through one of the greatest recorded feats of navigation and of leadership, he overcame almost impossible odds and rescued every one o ...more
Paperback, 90 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Penguin Classics (first published 2007)
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Ape
Poor old Ernest. I started reading this a couple of months or so ago, put it down, after which it got hidden under other bits, and I only rediscovered it last night. I left Ernest fighting for survival in a little boat being thrashed on the Antarctic high seas for several weeks.

This is part of a 20 book issue by Penguin. It is a good idea and a frustrating idea, as these are all excerpt books rather than the full deal. So with some you finish it and it's simply not enough. Some you feel were goo
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Philip Athans
My favorite bit, very near the end: The street of [Port Stanley] is about a mile and a half long. It has the slaughterhouse at one end and the graveyard at the other. The chief distraction is to walk from the slaughterhouse to the graveyard. For a change one may walk from the graveyard to the slaughterhouse.

Begins as a fairly dry, formal report of the efforts to reach safety and send back a ship to rescue the party members left behind on Antarctica but slowly develops into a keenly observed and
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Tuck
in the shack's own words. Shackleton, besides being an audacious leader, was a good writer, but also note, this is just a few pages long, so its just excerpts, but enough to whet one's freezing-to-death-in-the-Antarctic appetite. I'm not really sure why Penguin even decided to do this recent series (penguin great journeys, all super abbreviated at less than 100 pages), for screen-heads with short attention spans i suppose.
Chuck
This adventure of a ship-wrecked crew in the Antarctic takes place during World War I. Ernest Shackelton's crew is trapped on a island off the Antarctic coast and he and four other crew members decide to try a an 800 mile trip to South Georgia in one of the boat's twenty foot lifeboats. This autobiographical story is one of the most daring and successful attempts at survival that I know of. This story means even more to me because in 1997 I made the trip in a 250 foot icebreaker with 32 birdwatc ...more
Joanna
It's 1916 and Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew are marooned on a rocky, desolate island hundreds of miles from civilization. With winter approaching and supplies running low, Shackleton must leave behind most of his crew as he and two other men set sail in a tiny boat for aid 800 miles away. Shackleton's courageous trek across storm-ravaged Antarctic seas will take you completely out of your environment and make you feel as though you, too, are traveling with him on this terrifying adventure. ...more
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Antarctica.
Ben
In which Shackleton tells the story about how Frank Worsley, Tom Crean, and him are tougher than anyone else, all the while wearing Burberry and Abercrombie. How's that for gangsta? He makes 50 Cent look like a punk. The best part? After escaping from the Antarctic, he goes back to save the rest of the boys.
Abe Something
Read it one day when it rained. An exemplary adventure story. I know better then to take Shackleton at his word at many points in the text but, it is great fun and dramatically inspiring. I did not know the outcome of this story and was thrilled to the very end. A page turner. A nail biter. An adventure.
Don
Oct 29, 2010 Don rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Cracking good adventure yarn of the Boy's Own Paper variety. Sturdy English chaps stranded in the Antaritic needing all the stiffness their upper-lips could muster to deal with the hoo-ha. I've put a trekiing holiday on my list of 100 things to do before I die after reading this.
rachelish Slater
A fascinating read; I knew nothing of this expedition beforehand, and found Shackleton's writing very easy to read. The story is incredible - it's amazing that anyone survived, and Shackleton's attribution of their success to Providence doesn't seem out of place.
Zack
Another one from the Penguin Classics Great Journeys collection. I have seen pictures of Shackleton's camp and heard stories about what happened but reading it in his own words makes it much more real.
Sarah
This is a brief account of one portion of Shackleton's Antarctic journey. Exciting and fascinating. These dudes ate cold penguin leg for dinner and wore the same clothes for 10 months straight!
Jasmin
Was reading this book while i was in Antarctica, short and sweet and great to carry along since it's not heavy at all.
Dylan
Will redefine the way you think of 'hardcore' and 'adventure'...best of all it's true!
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Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, CVO, OBE was an Anglo-Irish merchant naval officer who made his reputation as an explorer during what is known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, a period of discovery characterised by journeys of geographical and scientific exploration in a largely unknown continent, without any of the benefits of modern travel methods or radio communication.
More about Ernest Shackleton...
South: The story of Shackleton's last expedition 1914 - 1917 The Heart of the Antarctic: The Farthest South Expedition 1907-1909 Shackelton: His Antarctic Writings Heart Of The Antarctic And 'South' (Wordsworth Classics Of World Literature) THE ANTARCTIC EXPLORATION ANTHOLOGY: The Personal Accounts of the Great Antarctic Explorers

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