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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Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following for permission to reprint previously published material: THE FRSKINE PRESS: Excerpt from a poem from The Quiet Land by Frank Debenham (Norwich, Norfolk, UK: 1992).
Medieval cartographers had a stab at mapping it and called it Terra Australis Incognita, the Unknown Southern Land. For centuries, everyone thought it was rich, fertile and populous and that finding it would be like winning the National ...
... Mills stride across a psychedelic backdrop that made the continent look like a seventies album cover. Bernard Shaw had used Antarctica as a metaphor, T. S. Eliot recycled Antarctic material in The Waste Land, and I found it in Saul ...
The continent, one tenth of the earth's land surface, is considerably larger than Europe and one and a half times the size of the United States. It has 90 percent of the world's ice, and at its deepest, the ice layer is over 15,000 feet ...
I began to readjust my perception of "land" and "sea." Not far off, a tabular iceberg was clamped into the ice, its steep and crinkled walls reflecting the creamy saffron sun. The sky was a rich royal blue, marbled up ahead by the ...
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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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