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 drank warm beer outside railway stations in the south of England, waiting to be collected by veteran explorers long since retired, and later, in their neat homes, liver-spotted hands turned the stiff black pages of cracked photograph ...
... stroll around swaddled in three layers of polypropylene, two layers of fleece and an industrial-strength parka—but for many of the Americans on station, winters at home are a good deal colder than summers on the edge of Antarctica.
The 413-ton nuclear reactor brought to the station in 1961 was long forgotten, as were the noxious brown clouds that used to billow from the high-temperature incinerator every Saturday. Two decades ago, waste was simply left on the ...
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.
One of the Navy men, a chief petty officer, was about to embark upon a mission to recover a radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG) powering an automatic weather station at a remote spot on the polar plateau.
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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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