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South by Ernest Shackleton
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May 05, 11

bookshelves: paper, read-2011
Read from May 01 to 05, 2011

When I became the proud owner of a Kindle, I was reading a paperback novel (Mudbound). Not wanting to start another novel, I decided to read a bit of "South!" (downloaded free from Amazon) while I finished the paperback. However, this is one book that once started is difficult to put down. The lives of Shackleton and his party have a routine monotony that is a stark contrast to their constant struggle for survival during their journey. Shackleton writes almost matter-of-factly about the incredible hardship they faced and their courage and determination to carry on, making the reader realise what a calm and collected customer he must have been. The prose isn't the most free flowing ever written, sometimes relying on other party member's journals, and interspersed with comments about longitude and latitude and the like, but the overall account of what the members of this expedition endured makes "South!" a fascinating and inspiring read.
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message 1: by Ian (new) - rated it 1 star

Ian Off to amazon to snap this up in case they take it off the free list


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