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Race to the South Pole (The Great Adventures)

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Part historical essay, part scientific article, and part enthralling diary-Roald Amundsen's (1872-1928) book presents intriguing documentation about how his expedition reached the South Pole on December 14, 1911, just one month ahead of his rival, Robert Scott. Amundsen organized his gripping account using what is referred to in the film industry as the zooming technique. ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 13th 2007 by White Star (first published August 1st 2001)
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Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amazing and ridiculous, I can imagine telling your wife that you'll be away for three years, won't be able to contact her at all and most probably won't be coming back. Bravery. And we're not even talking about walking to the South Pole yet.

But all humour aside, Roald is not an author, egad, he's an old school badass ( so the story is a study in understatement. He mentions frozen fingers and faces but if you're looking for polar drama this is not it.

Mark Woodland
I read this as research for a play I was performing in called Terra Nova, which is the story of the competing Scott team who lost the race to the author's group. This is a fine book, which tells the story in detail and from several perspectives, so you get a real feel for the bigger picture. It's more than the journal entries made along the way, and would be highly informative to most people since they're likely more familiar with the Scott saga, due to its drama and fatal ending. This account i ...more
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Les récits sont vraiment impressionnants. Le parallèle entre la préparation d'Amundsen et de Scott est édifiant.
Le témoignage des norvégiens montre un contrôle complet de l'organisation de l'expédition. Celui de Scott, raconté de manière plus procédurale au début devient, au fil des déboires rencontrés, très poignant avec un enchainement de notes plus personnelles jusq'au terme fatal de leur aventure.
Richard Gombert
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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Having recently read the journals of Robert Falcon Scott on his polar expedition, this was very interesting as a comparison.
1) Mr. Amundsen survived and edited his journals to form this book whereas Scott's journals were edited, but not by Scott. His felt more.
2) Preparation. Mr. Amundsen was much better prepared.
Alison Godden
Even though the book was written nearly 100 years ago, it is really easy to read. Some of the chapters are written so well, they make you feel as though you are there with them
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A polar explorer at the turn of the late 19th century.

Amundsen led the first expedition to successfully traverse the Northwest Passage and he was the first person to reach both the North and South Poles.

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