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Escape from the Antarctic (Penguin Great Journeys #17)

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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 1919)
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Philip Athans
May 07, 2014 Philip Athans rated it it was amazing
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
May 12, 2011 Tuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
This Penguin Great Journeys book is an excerpt from Shackleton's South: the Endurance Expedition.
In this excerpt we join the twenty eight men on Elephant Island, after the Endurance has been crushed by ice, and the men are marooned on the island with only a couple of small boats. The James Caird, a 20 foot ship's waler was the vessel chosen for Shackleton and the other 5 men to attempt to reach a waling station and rescue for the men who remained on Elephant Island.
540 miles, in a small boat, in
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
Sep 15, 2008 Ben rated it really liked it
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
Oct 27, 2009 Abe Something rated it liked it
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.
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.
rachelish Slater
Nov 27, 2014 rachelish Slater rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 21, 2011 Jasmin rated it really liked it
Was reading this book while i was in Antarctica, short and sweet and great to carry along since it's not heavy at all.
Dec 05, 2007 Dylan rated it really liked it
Will redefine the way you think of 'hardcore' and 'adventure' of all it's true!
Jan Roles
Nov 11, 2016 Jan Roles rated it it was amazing
What an adventure. A brilliant little read!
Stuart Hill
Mar 30, 2015 Stuart Hill rated it liked it
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I first learned about Shackleton from an impressive dramatisation of his Antarctic exhibition of 1914 which starred Kenneth Branagh. This book consists of excerpts from Shackleton's account of the same trip, a tome entitled South:The 'Endurance' Expedition.

Shackleton describes his experiences very well, capturing both the physical environment and emotional responses to his journey. It is a very immersive book which gives the reader the feeling of accompanying the expedition, the greatest achieve
Nov 23, 2008 Joanna rated it really liked it
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
Oct 29, 2010 Don rated it liked it
Shelves: travel
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.
Jul 10, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
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!
Although just an excerpt, what an incredible and interesting story. The privations the men suffer and their determination and resilience are immense. Shall have to read more.
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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.
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