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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I groped around in my addled mind for the dream that had brought me here to the other side of the planet, but it seemed to have evaporated in the heat. I was a guest in Christchurch of Roger Sutton and Jo Malcolm, who lived in a ...
Those elysian Sunday afternoons on the edge of sunlit village pitches never seemed to have much to do with cricket. Two hours later we boarded the plane, a line of bulky vermilion parkas differentiated only by Velcro strips on the ...
He was an enthusiastic character who seemed grateful to speak Spanish. The more famous Pinochet was his cousin, and he muttered uncomfortably, “We are not friends." In the midst of my grand passion for Antarctica, I occasionally looked ...
I shared a Scott tent with a scientist sporting a beard like Trotsky's (it seemed dangerous, with so many ice axes about), and weate our dehydrated dinners sitting on our snow-brick wall. It was Thanksgiving Day and, gathered chummily ...
In some instances I seemed to have an extremely hazy recollection of hair, and of course there was the boxer in 1989 who was totally bald and had to be struck off the list altogether. I was engrossed in this important task when Mike ...
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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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