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North with Franklin: The Lost Journals of James Fitzjames

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Based on a series of letters written by Franklin expedition officer James Fitzjames -- journals which were only recently discovered in a Scottish attic after lying unsuspected for nearly 150 years -- this unique work of fiction masterfully chronicles one of the most enduring mysteries of the grand era of Arctic exploration and sheds new light on the expedition and the fate ...more
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by Fitzhenry & Whiteside
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Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I have never been one to waste the hours lying abed more than necessary and can always find some dark corner of the night in which to put down my thoughts.

How exotic appears a world which can include cheetahs, and how remote now appears the part of my life which brought me in contact with such beings. One aspect of the monotony of the landscape hereabouts is its ability to envelope one's senses and render dreamlike all reminiscences of a previous life.

Osmer is spending much time catalog
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William Battersby
Jun 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written and a very interesting example of the 'factional' genre of Franklin Expedition literature. By that I mean where an author takes a historical event or point - in this case the letters Fitzjames sent back to his friends Elizabeth and William Coninghm - and then weaves his own fictional story around it.
Selkie
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
For the most part, this is an interesting & well written book. But the ending is too predictable, which kind of spoiled it.
It also seems well-researched despite the fact that deaths recorded do not match those of the nonfiction accounts, such as in Scott Cookman's Iceblink.
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“„Well James,“ he said addressing me, as he does the officers in his command, informally, „it is true that many of our recent inventions will become much improved with use, and one day soon we may even have engines which do not break down with so much wheezing and groaning every two days of use, but I firmly believe that, while machines are perfectible, men are not.
Even a perfect machine must be run by men and, hence, subject to human errors. Take our situation as an example. Our machines keep us safe and warm, yet a simple mistake on our part, such as choosing one channel over another, could bring it all to naught and place us at the mercy of elemental nature. I believe we should work on the perfection of men before we worry overly about the perfection of his machines.”
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