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In 1880 a young medical student named Arthur Conan Doyle embarked upon the “first real outstanding adventure” of his life, taking a berth as ship’s surgeon on an Arctic whaler, the Hope. The voyage took him to unknown regions, showered him with dramatic and unexpected experiences, and plunged him into dangerous work on the ice floes of the Arctic seas. He tested himself, o ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by University of Chicago Press (first published September 1st 2012)
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Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
c'è caso che nell'800 imbarcarsi su una baleniera fosse propedeutico per una futura carriera di scrittore da urlo. melville fu primo mozzo, conan doyle medico di bordo. nessuno dei due si (e ci) risparmiò nulla.
la frase più truce: «è un mestiere maledetto quello di fracassare la testa alle piccole disgraziate mentre ti guardano in faccia con i loro grandi occhioni neri».
la più snob: «l'erba verde sulla costa dopo quasi 6 mesi senza vederla appare come una bella novità. ma le case sono ributtanti
The Frahorus
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Questo libro è una perla perché ci da la possibilità di leggere il diario originale dello scrittore Conan Doyle, il creatore del detective più famoso al mondo Sherlock Holmes, che a 20 anni decise di imbarcarsi sulla Hope, una baleniera, come medico di bordo. Non solo troveremo il diario dell'autore ma anche i disegni che lui stesso faceva durante questa straordinaria avventura nei freddi mari artici. Inoltre sono presenti due articoli su questa impresa e anche un racconto di Sherlock Holmes che ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely fabulous book. If you are in any way an Arthur Conan Doyle fan then I cannot recommend this book enough. It is one of his earliest works, presumably never intended for publishing seeing as he had ample opportunity to do so himself, and yet it still retains the fun and tight narrative that he employed in his fiction later on.

The book revolves around his 6/7 month journey through the Arctic on a whaling expedition to bring oil, blubber and bone back to sell. Naturally, there are some
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful book, containing Arthur Conan Doyle's private log both as a facsimile and an extensively annotated transcript. Loved his little drawings and the highly entertaining style of his writing. A treat! ...more
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im Jahr 1880 heuerte der, damals noch Medizinstudent, junge Arthus Conan Doyle bei enem Walfänger als Schiffsarzt an. Auf seiner abenteuerlichen Reise erfährt er nicht nur viel über den gefährlichen Beruf der Walfänger, sondern erlebt was es bedeutet ein Leben auf hoher See zu führen. Seine Gedanken und Erkenntnisse hält Conan Doyle dabei in seinem Tagebuch fest. Das Buch wird außerdem ergänzt um zwei Essays von Jon Lellenberg & Daniel Stashower und von Alexander Pechmann. Zudem findet man in de ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biografie
A. C. Doyle aveva vent’anni – quasi ventuno – e stava preparando un difficile esame di medicina, quando un amico gli chiese:

“La prossima settimana ti va d’imbarcarti su una baleniera per sei mesi come medico di bordo, al posto mio?”

Arthur fece la scelta che qualunque altro studente avrebbe fatto: accettò e s’imbarcò. (Questo è portare le scuse per non studiare ai massimi livelli, chapeu!)

Questo libro riporta, oltre a dei cenni biografici, il diario di bordo che Conan Doyle tenne durante quel vi
I decided to read this after seeing one of the other reviews. It's an unusual addition to the Conan Doyle collection.

It is clear from these writings that for the rest of his life Conan Doyle viewed his arctic journey as one of his most significant life experiences. Throughout his life he showed a disposition towards sports and other physical activity, and he relished the opportunities this voyage gave him for hunting and strenuous exercise. It must be said that his attitude towards wildlife was
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is fascinating reading -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's diary of his 5-month trek as ship's doctor on an Arctic whaler in 1880. He turned 21 on the voyage. The frank depiction of seal and whale hunting opens the modern reader's eye to a foreign era, as Doyle enthusiastically clubs baby seals along with the rest of the crew.

This book provides a transcript that accompanies the diaries, which is very helpful since his writing is not always terribly clear, and footnotes to provide additional valuab
Stephanie Ricker
Sam gave me a gorgeous copy of Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure by Arthur Conan Doyle. What a neat look into Doyle’s life! The book includes facsimiles of the diary itself, so you can read the story in Doyle’s own handwriting (sometimes with a quill pen, sometimes with a fountain pen). He made a lot of illustrations, most of which are gory depictions of seal and whale hunting, but with occasional, beautiful drawings of ships or the crew members. In 1880 when Doyle sailed, the whaling ...more
Dec 01, 2015 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Bettie by: Univesity of Chicago Press

Description: In 1880 Arthur Conan Doyle, then a young medical student, embarked upon the “first real outstanding adventure” of his life, taking a berth as ship’s surgeon on an Arctic whaler. The voyage took him to unknown regions, showered him with dramatic experiences, and plunged him into dangerous work on the ice floes of the Arctic. It was, as he wrote later, “a strange and fascinating chapter of my life.”
The journal he kept aboard the whaler was unpublished for more than a century.

Free download available at UChicagoPress - expires in December, 31.

Table of Contents
Facsimile of the diary
Transcript of the diary
Two non-fiction pieces by Arthur Conan Doyle about his experiences. The glamour of the Arctic ; and, Life on a Greenland whaler
Fiction pieces by Arthur Conan Doyle inspired by the voyage. The captain of the Pole Star ; J. Habakuk Jephson's statement ; and, The adventure of Black Peter.
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro che non può mancare nella libreria degli appassionati di Arthur Conan Doyle. Si tratta del diario di questo inimitabile scrittore che racconta della sua esperienza come medico di bordo sulla baleniera Hope. Questo suo viaggio di sette mesi cambierà per sempre la sua vita e lo influenzerà nella scrittura dei romanzi.
Il lettore quindi è invitato a scoprire un aspetto poco noto ma fondamentale della vita di Arthur Conan Doyle, come la sua esperienza nella caccia alle foche e alle balene (
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Что можно ждать от Арктических дневников молодого доктора, волею судьбы оказавшегося на китобойном судне? Оказалось, что очень много и очень разного: 1) Полосатиков, нарвалов, бутылконосов, тюленей и еще много-много всяких удивительных обитателей Арктики; 2) Метких, емких характеристик членов экипажа, ежедневной жизни судна, когда дни охоты чередуются с днями скуки и апатии; 3) Описания дружеских спаррингов, тонкостей приручения морской улитки, и других подробностей плавания; 4) Жестоких сцен ох ...more
Marc Pastor
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Potser el diari de l'expedició balenera de Conan Doyle no és tan interessant com semblaria a priori. Potser és més una curiositat per a completistes. La preciosa edició de Confluencias, però, amb tot d'il·lustracions i fragments del text original fa que hom la llegeixi amb curiositat.
La incorporació de diferents relats al final del volum on es veu reflectit la vida marinera de Conan Doyle és el que fa alçar el vol a aquest "Viaje al Ártico". El conte de Sherlock Holmes deu ser dels més fluixos d
Martin Shone
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book although I did get bogged down a bit with the reading of the transcript. To see the facsimile of his Arctic diary was fascinating and also his drawings.

I enjoyed the section at the end with his four Arctic writings, two of which I'd not read before so that was a nice surprise!

From 'The Glamour of the Arctic' ...

When we know everything about this earth, the romance and poetry will all have been wiped away from it. There is nothing so artistic as a haze.
Arnau Jimenez Marin
Definetly a book that shouldn't be bought in Kindle version to fully enjoy it in my opinion. My copy had a part of the book repeated, once at the start and once when there were about 80 pages till the end. Interesting story, although pretty repetitive. ...more
Esa Na
Jan 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Doyles Logbucheinträge sind kurz und erzählen meist nur davon was erlegt wurde. Interessanter sind die Artikel und Aufsätze im Anschluss an das Logbuch, die einen kleinen Einblick in Doyles Leben und arktische Regionen geben.
Javier Serrano
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I love geography, this book is definitely a MUST read. The nature details are awesome!
T i n a
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 ⭐️
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of the Holmes stories and after reading this book I felt much closer to Doyle - what more to wish for?
I am a total nerd for books about Arctic and Antarctic exploration, and I'm also kind of a nerd for Sherlock Holmes, so I obviously couldn't pass this thing up at Half Price Books today. This book is gorgeous, you guys! Photographs of every page in Conan Doyle's journal, including all his beautiful illustrations, and also one of him as a youngster before his mustache got so out of hand--he was actually quite attractive back in the day! Aaaaaanyway, I'm a little bit weirdly excited about this, ha ...more
Antonina Maliei
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Він міг за один день тричі впасти в Арктичний океан і написати про це між іншим, наче це дрібниця. Я знала його як батька детективів про Шерлока Голмса, автора «Загубленого світу», ну і ще трохи як пристрастного спірітуаліста, котрий вірив, що в його саду живуть феї. Тепер я познайомилась із Великим пірнальником Півночі. Це так його китобої прозвали за незграбність на льоду.

Сто сорок років тому до Конан Дойла, на той час двадцятирічного студента-медика, постукав знайомий і зненацька запропонува
Таня Мірошниченко
Незвичайна книга всесвітньо відомого британського письменника Артура Конан Дойля. Автора творів про знаменитого детектива Шерлока Голмса. Але мало хто знає, що перш ніж стати знаменитим письменником Артур Конан Дойл, ще будучи молодим студентом-медиком, у 1880 році отримав нагоду вирушити до далекої незвіданої та малодослідженої , на той час, Арктики на борту китобійного корабля «Надія» в якості корабельного лікаря.
Подорож тривала з 28 лютого по 11 серпня 1880 року. Весь свій досвід, всі свої в
Paul Stuart Hayes
When this book was published I did not hold out much hope for it, as I had already been burned by the disappointing release ‘The Diary of John Smith’ and thought that the sudden outpouring of posthumous publications related to Conan Doyle could end up tarnishing his great reputation.
Fortunately my early fears could not have been further from the truth. It is a marvellous book, which not only details a long forgotten trade and the brave men who toiled at it, but gives insights into the young doc
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interessant für alle Fans von Arthur Conan Doyle. Das Buch beinhaltet die Übersetzung von seinem Tagebuch, während seiner Dienste als Schiffarzt auf einem Walfänger, wobei durch zahlreiche (Teilweise eher lästige als hilfreiche) Fußnoten viele Begriffe erklärt werden. In der Mitte des Buches sind die original Seiten abgedruckt, auf denen Zeichnungen zu sehen sind (auf die auch während des eigentlichen Tagebuches verwiesen wird). Im letztem Teil wird etwas über Doyle's spätere Laufbahn gesagt und ...more
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Splendid book (despite the clubbing of baby seals, indiscriminate killing of bears, etc.), handsome volume. Facsimile of ACD's journal, including his drawings, annotated printed text, photos from the period, plus some other goodies (an early ghost story and a Holmes mystery). ...more
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Short period of his life, includes some material based on the experience. The editors have utilised the material in a somewhat repetitive manner.
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, a talented illustrator, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is u

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