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Below The Convergence by Alan Gurney
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Jan 17, 10

bookshelves: non-fiction, history, travel, read-in-2010, antarctica, all-things-nautical
Read in January, 2010 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Really I'd prefer to give this 3.5 stars. Parts of this book are fascinating, and Gurney is an engaging writer who drew me in almost immediately. However, the book lost something once he got into the history involving the sealers and whalers. It's somewhat hard to relate or sympathize with folks of that profession in this county and in this day and age (at least for me), and Gurney made an attempt at it, but that attempt mostly fell flat. I'd really like to read something that makes those men come alive for me, despite their practices, and this wasn't quite it. I'm definitely interested in reading Gurney's book on the later expeditions to Antarctica at some point though--I imagine he's done an excellent job on that era of exploration.

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