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South with the Sun: Roald Amundsen, His Polar Explorations, and the Quest for Discovery

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Roald Amundsen, “the last of the Vikings,” left his mark on the Heroic Era as one of the most successful polar explorers ever.

A powerfully built man more than six feet tall, Amundsen’s career of adventure began at the age of fifteen (he was born in Norway in 1872 to a family of merchant sea captains and rich ship owners); twenty-five years later he was the first man to re
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Published September 13th 2011 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2011)
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David James
Feb 09, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is nothing short of a bait and switch. Everything about this book's cover and description indicate it will be an account of Roald Amundsen's polar explorations, and for the first sixty-six pages that's just what it is. Then, suddenly, just as he embarks on what will be the first successful crossing of the Northwest Passage, it becomes a book about the author's cold water swims in the far north, meandering ruminations on various experiences in her life, swim coaching, endless name-dropping o ...more
Dec 23, 2011 rated it liked it
The historical parts were interesting...the stuff about the author's cold-water swims, not so much. Needed more focus--and Amundsen deserves a book of his own, not this memoir/biography mishmash.
John Nelson
Feb 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book when I saw it listed in the catalog put out by Edward R. Hamilton Booksellers, which specializes in selling remaindered titles at low prices. The life story of Roald Amundsen, who spent years methodically preparing for polar exploration, was beaten in the race to reach the North Pole by Robert Peary, then re-focused his attention on the South Pole and made a successful dash to that location while Englishman Robert Falcon Scott's team perished in a heroic but misguided ventu ...more
South with the Sun is an autobiography of the late arctic explorer Roald Amundsen written by Lynne Cox. Even though very few people have heard of this daring explorer, he has accomplished many extraordinary feats for his time, exploring the icy terrain of both polar environments, successfully traversing the Northwest Passage, and capturing the South Pole. Throughout the course of the book, Cox analyzes the many adventures Amundsen embarks on and compares that to her own goal at attaining an open ...more
Tom Darrow
Like many other reviewers, I found this book rather disappointing. The title suggests that the book will be about Roald Amundsen, and although there are a few chapters about him, the majority of the book is on other topics, like Cox's polar swimming, other Arctic explorers and Air Force pilots who operate in polar areas. The bait and switch was enough to knock a few stars off, but her amateurish writing dropped the score even more. Even when talking about occurrences which contain high amounts o ...more
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cold-books, audio
I think this title is a bit misleading. South with the Sun is really only half about Amundsen and half about Lynne Cox herself. Cox sees Amundsen as something of a role model because, like her, he did a lot of things that had never been done before - travelling through the Northwest passage, getting to the South pole, and seeing polar flight as the new way forward in arctic exploration. Cox made records for swimming the English channel and for swimming a mile in Antarctica (in a swimsuit and cap ...more
Marsella Johnson
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am an big fan of Lynne Cox, ever since reading "Grayson". It's a personal favorite on my book shelf. I am in awe of her long distance swimming endurance alone, not to mention her courage and skill in swimming in frozen Arctic waters. This book was the fascinating journey of her personal hero Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian explorer who reached the South Pole in 1911. She mixes facts about his preparation and journey's, along with other famous explorers harrowing experiences, to the arctic with her ...more
Don LaFountaine
I was disappointed in the book as I was expecting a much more detailed biography of Roald Amundsen and not an autobiography of the author Lynne Cox.

This book does have information about the life and explorations of Roald Amundsen, but it is mostly about the travels and cold water swimming adventures of Lynne Cox. I am sure that this would have been interesting had I known that was what I was picking up. However since the book title and cover was very misleading, I was unable to get into the auth
May 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book was almost unreadable. I appreciate the person who identifies with a historical figure/even and weaves a memoir with relevant historical information. The author either isn't a good enough writer to describe a convincing link to Roald Amundsen and her passion for swimming in cold water, or she knew no publisher would believe readers would be interested in reading her unremarkable experience with swimming in cold water 3 times, so she came up with some historical that very loosely connec ...more
This is my third book by Cox. I have been a big fan of hers since I first read her in 2004. Please enjoy the video in this link:

Her spirituality and love of humanity is fantastic. I really enjoyed this story of the history of polar
exploration which has been an inspiration for Cox since she was a youth. She goes back and forth between history and her own arctic swims as she follows in the path of Amundsen. She also writes about what's going on in the arctic
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Lynne Cox is an American long-distance open-water swimmer and writer.
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