Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica
Random House Publishing Group, 1 окт. 2014 г. - Всего страниц: 384
It is the coldest, windiest, driest place on earth, an icy desert of unearthly beauty and stubborn impenetrability. For centuries, Antarctica has captured the imagination of our greatest scientists and explorers, lingering in the spirit long after their return. Shackleton called it "the last great journey"; for Apsley Cherry-Garrard it was the worst journey in the world.
This is a book about the call of the wild and the response of the spirit to a country that exists perhaps most vividly in the mind. Sara Wheeler spent seven months in Antarctica, living with its scientists and dreamers. No book is more true to the spirit of that continent--beguiling, enchanted and vast beyond the furthest reaches of our imagination. Chosen by Beryl Bainbridge and John Major as one of the best books of the year, recommended by the editors of Entertainment Weekly and the Chicago Tribune, one of the Seattle Times's top ten travel books of the year, Terra Incognita is a classic of polar literature.
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... made the first transit in one vessel of the Northwest Passage, and traveled with Fridtjof Nansen, the greatest polar explorer of all. Amundsen was planning to reach the North Pole, but when he heard that Frederick Cook claimed to ...
I often heard people expressing disappointment at finding modern conveniences on Antarctic stations. I never felt sorry or guilty or upset about it; bases are the tiniest fragments of human life on a vast, unspoiled white continent.
I heard this unknown voice demanding, and I obediently began pulling on my cold-weather clothes. Scott Base has been called a suburb of McMurdo, so close that a shuttle bus runs between the two stations and Americans make daily raids on ...
Over the headset I heard them weighing our options. The weather reports sounded gloomy, and we hadn't even reached the refueling depot. The pilot decided to return to Scott Base. Back we trooped into the pale green buildings, ...
“I heard them starting the helo," he said. "I came to say goodbye.” As I climbed into the back of the Squirrel it occurred to me that I probably ought to tell someone in charge that I was leaving. I wriggled out and ran up the steps to ...
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LibraryThing ReviewПользовательский отзыв - PDCRead - LibraryThing
In her writing, Wheeler has a knack for immersing herself in the places that she visits, and teasing out the stories of the location and the people. She has been appointed writer in residence in ... Читать весь отзыв
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i find antarctica really boring to read about. it's just cold and white. maybe being there is a different experience. the history of antarctic exploration was the only thing i found interesting in ... Читать весь отзыв
THREE Landscapes of the Mind
FOUR The Other Side of Silence
FIVE The Naked Soul of Man
SIX At the South Pole
SEVEN Feasting in the Tropics
EIGHT The Response of the Spirit
NINE Igloos and Nitroglycerine
TWELVE One of the Boys
THIRTEEN Fossil Bluff and the Ski Hi Nunataks
FOURTEEN Afloat in the Southern Ocean
The Erebus Glacier Tongue
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