Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as Time magazine put it, "defined heroism." Alfred Lansing's scrupulously researched and brilliantly narrated book -- with over 200,000 copies sold -- has long been acknowledged as the definitive account of the Endurance's fateful trip. To write their author...more
* Psst....don’t mention this to my wife as she thinks she took care of this years ago.
Stranded for over a year in the most inhospitable climate on the face of the Earth, literally one tiny step away from complete disaster due to starvation, extreme weather or the ice flows on which they lived deciding to crack and deposit into the freezing depths below.
Holy persevering manliness Batman, I was w...more
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i was going to write a DBR of this last night, because that's what shackleton would do, but then i ended up eating candy and doodling instead, and that is why i live a life of mediocrity and insignificance and i am not like shackleton, who ran into some trouble on a boat ride and managed to triumph over impossible odds.
that's what i love the most - his unflagging op...more
I have never even remotely come into a situation as dire and desperate as the stranded crew of the Endurance. If I did, I’m sure I would curl up in the fetal position and just hope that it all works itself out. That being said, it wouldn’t be long before I would freeze to death or be killed and eaten by a sea leopard. However, if Shackleton was my captain, he could probably get more out of me then I would think possi...more
Ernest Shackleton set out in 1914 to cross the Antarctic from west to east. Yes, WW1 had broken out and he had Churchill’s go-ahead Why? For the glory of Britain and for his own glory too. The race for polar discovery was in full-swing. On December 14, 1911, the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen led the first successful expe...more
The description of the men killing and eating their sled dogs is about as far into emotional turmoil as this narrat...more
It is insaaaaaannnneeeeee!!!!
But even though the whole time you are reading it, you are thinking to yourself -- #$(*&@$%(*waaahhh!!! -- the writing is remarkably restrained and pithy, putting you right in the moment without distracting you from what's going on. You'd almost think you were reading Updike, except the people in the story are real, and...more
If you do, you will undoubtedly want to check out Caroline Alexander's "The Endurance : Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition" as a companion volume. Lansing's book is excellent on exposition, but skimpy on photos. What makes Alexander's account compelling is the inclusion of ~ 150 photos, taken by the expedition's official photographer, Frank...more
- Пережити полярну зиму на вмерзлому в лід кораблі без жодної надії подати звістку
- Пережити ще півроку у таборі на дрейфуючій кризі, після того як корабль роздушено льодом
- Провести кілька днів майже без сну та на межі голоду мігруючи поміж танучими кригами (і тягнучи за собою три човни)
- За ще чотири безсонні дні доплисти до негостинного шматка скелі посеред океану, загубити та знову знайти один одного у штормі
- Послати чотирьох на човні по допомогу до населеного острову та чекати б...more
But the sea is a different sort of enemy. Unlike the land, where courage and the simple will to endure can often see a man through, the struggle against the sea is an act of physical combat, and there is no escape. It is a battle against a tireless enemy in which man never actually wins; the most that he can hope for is not to be defeated.
Prior to reading this tale of the Endurance and the "Imperial Trans-Antartic Expedition" led by Ernest Shackleton, I had watched a compelling documentary, whi...more
These are only some of the reasons that this book absolutely blew me away. Shackleton and his crew set out to be the first men to cross Antarctica....in 1914. They set sail, got stuck in the pack ice, had to abandon their ship, and then s...more
I highly recommend this read. It is exciting and keeps you on your toes. It also makes you glad you still have your toes. You should probably read this in the middle of the summer.
Also I've lived in Shackleton's house for a year and a half. I've also seen his boats, and gotten into his crows nest. Needless to say, I'm a real Ernest Shackleton fan.
I was expecting a scholarly look at an important historical voyage, one of the last in the very last age of exploration. Turns out that I was wrong on both counts. First, it wasn't a very important voyage in the grand scheme of things, either in theory or in fact. Second, it wasn't really a scholarly analysis, but an intensely person...more
In 1915 an expedition to the Antarctic went catastrophically wrong when its ship became trapped in ice. After six m...more
The party were attempting to make an overland crossing of Antarctica but the Endeavour became locked in the ice. Shackleton and his men remained on the ship for some time but once the ice closed in it became impossible to re...more
The first half of the book was interesting as it described the beginning of their trip to be the first crew to t...more
Ernest Shackleton and the men of the ship Endurance set out to be the first to cross the Antarctic on foot, but before ever reaching the...more
Alfred Lansing served in the US Navy from 1940-46. He received the Purple Heart for his wartime service.
Later he attended North Park College, 1946-48, Northwestern University, 1948-50.
Lansing became a member of the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England in 1957.