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  1. says:

    35 I have such a fascination with books set in places that are excessively cold and snow laden Not sure why that is especially since I don't really want to live in these places and due to health reasons will probably never even get to visit I also find intriguing people who do dangerous and near impossible things I try to figure out the mindset of people who feel compelled to take these risks I'm not very ad

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    The man felt like a speck in the frozen nothingness Every direction he turned he could see ice stretching to the edge of the Earth white ice and blue ice glacial ice tongues and ice wedges There were no living creatures in sight Not a bear or even a bird Nothing but himThe last book I reviewed was set in the lush and exo

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    ”For scientific leadership give me Scott; for swift and efficient travel Amundsen; but when you are in a hopeless situa

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    For the life of me I will never understand those people who are inclined to attempt what's never been done before even if it means p

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    THE WHITE DARKNESS is another absolute winner from author David Grann The photos in this book are fabulous and really add to the richness and history of Antarctica exploration British special forces soldier Henry Worsley was much like a modern day Ernest Shackleton who also happened to be his personal hero Once again David Grann educates entertains and inspires through his compelling factual story writing THE WHITE DAR

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    What is Antarctica other than a blank canvas on which you can seek to impose yourself?This is another incredible nonfiction work by David Grann I loved his previous book Killers of the Flower Moon so much that I will read anything by him So far every Grann book I've read has been well worth my timeThe White Darkness is the true story of Henry Worlsey a British officer who became obsessed with Antarctica This book covers two of Worsleys tr

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    45 stars rounded up This would have been an excellent book to read on January 1 reminding myself to pull up my bootstraps bombard the castle jump into oblivion and just generally get on with something that reuires intense focus and dedication David Grann brings the reader a modern day hero Henry Worsley a man who

  8. says:

    I saw this book at my library and picked it up because I had read Grann's amazing Killers of the Flower Moon and so I knew I wanted to read it It’s short adapted from a New Yorker article he had published in February 2018 I don’t read mu

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    35 stars

  10. says:

    My obsession with Antarctic explorers began when I was eleven and read The Great White South by Herbert Ponting the photographer on the 1911 Sco

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Ain death and emerged as one of the greatest leaders in historyWorsley felt an overpowering connection to those expeditions He was related to one of Shackleton's men Frank Worsley and spent a fortune collecting artifacts from their epic treks across the continent He modeled his military command on Shackleton's legendary skills and was determined to measure his own powers of endurance against them He would succeed where Shackle. For the life of me I will never understand those people who are inclined to attempt what s never been done before even if it means putting their lives in danger Well I could understand if it was something fun But something like trekking 1000 miles across the brutal continent of Antarctica alone Hell no I ll stay home indoors sipping my tea or coffee and reading a good book thank you very much Not everyone is like me though and there are those intrepid explorers who are compelled to venture to places unknown putting themselves at great risk of injury or death in the process Henry Worsley was one of those people and The White Darkness is his story After a successful trek to the South Pole with others Henry decided to do what had never been done cross the vast and frigid expanse of Antarctica alone and without any assistance No one to talk to no food supplies dropped along the way no dogs to assist in pulling his sled No one to pull him out if he fell into a crevasse No one to share his experiences and offer mutual support The book details both of Worsley s trips to Antarctica and I was amazed especially by the solo trip The hardships Worsley endured the inner strength that propelled him on The book has breathtaking photographs interspersed throughout and these were jaw dropping and mesmerizing to see photographs of views most of us will never behold in personDid reading this inspire me to take on some hazardous goal Nope unh unh no way But I do have a better understanding of those who are willing to put themselves at great risk in order to do something none has done before I am left in awe at what Worsley and those before him have done their remarkable feats of strength and their drive to do what most of us would never even dream about And now back to my coffee and a new book curled up on the couch in my nice warm cosy apartment

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Ton had failed in the most brutal landscape in the worldIn 2008 Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton's crew battling the freezing desolate landscape life threatening physical exhaustion and hidden crevasses Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back On November 2015 at age 55 Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous uest to walk across Antarctica alo. 35 stars

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Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice He was also a man obsessed He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton the nineteenth century polar explorer who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole and later sought to cross Antarctica on foot Shackleton never completed his journeys but he repeatedly rescued his men from cert. The man felt like a speck in the frozen nothingness Every direction he turned he could see ice stretching to the edge of the Earth white ice and blue ice glacial ice tongues and ice wedges There were no living creatures in sight Not a bear or even a bird Nothing but himThe last book I reviewed was set in the lush and exotic landscape of Corfu Corfu and all of Greece are on my bucket list of places to visit once I have time I can call my own What is not on my bucket list Antarctica I hate being cold I truly despise frigid temperatures wearing boots and parkas and having my skin exposed to subzero temperatures However I was able to get a little taste of this stunning continent through the exploits of Henry Worsley and the excellent writing of David Grann This was accomplished either from the relative warmth of a nice spring walk or a ride in the car as I listened to this one on audio The taste for adventure must have been in Henry Worsley s blood A distant relative of Frank Worsley one of Ernest Shackleton s crew from the Endurance Henry had the craving to push himself to the limits and was determined to conuer what Shackleton and his men had failed to do to cross Antarctica via the South Pole on foot Henry Worsley undertook not one but three expeditions to one of the most brutal environments in the world His last trek in 2015 2016 was entirely solo His wife and children stood by praying for his safe return Passion for something can easily tip into obsession which is a dangerous thing especially when those affected are the very people who so loyally stand and waitThe drama and danger of this venture was riveting to say the least David Grann provides a lot of background on the original expeditions highlighting much of Shackleton s journey as well as his exemplary leadership skills He shares snippets of dispatches and journal entries from Henry Worsley s accounts which gave this nonfiction piece a feeling of immediacy My mind never once strayed from the narrative despite the fact I am often prone to doing so while listening to a book rather than reading it myself It s actually a fairly short work and I was rather surprised when it came to an end a good sign of a successful audio experience I guess Now an instant fan of David Grann I will gladly seek out of his writing in the future His prose is clear and concise and never once felt dry He s also given me a big push to read those Shackleton books that have been languishing on my to read list for far too long I highly recommend this one to anyone that loves a great adventure tale as well as those that enjoy stimulating true stories My only regret with this was that I know I missed out on some remarkable photographs which I understand are included in the paper version I may seek this out in that format just to catch a glimpse of those pictures