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Terra Incognita by Sara Wheeler
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Feb 28, 09

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Read in December, 2008

British woman writing about Antarctica. Maybe a little longer than it needs to be. She intersperses stories about the 'original' explorers (especially the big four: Amundsen, Scott, Shackleton, and Mawson) with her own experiences. Apparently she's been a little obsessed with it for a while, and she arranges to spend some time there as a (relatively rare) resident writer. Most current 'inhabitants' are scientists ("beakers") of various nationalities---more New Zealanders than you might expect. Interesting, well-written (and read, by a British woman saying GLASS-ee-er for glacier). She doesn't get overly poetic or anything; just the right amount of poeticness. Good amount of everyday info, too--travelling is hard, going to the bathroom has rules, winter is lonely, etc.
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Kati I loved the book so much when I read it a few years ago that I have dreamed of going to Antarctica ever since. I'm sure you can understand. In fact I have the chance to go with Quark Expeditions and blog about my experiences if I get enough people to vote for me. Would you mind helping me out? It will take only a second! Thanks. http://www.blogyourwaytoantarctica.co...


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