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South: The Story of Shackleton's 1914-1917 Expedition (original 1919; edition 2012)

by Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

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South: The Endurance Expedition by Ernest Shackleton (1919)


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As war broke out in Europe in August 1914, Ernest Shackleton led a daring expedition south to Antarctica. The expedition's goal was to cross Antarctica from one side to other, via the South Pole. This book is his personal account of three years' struggle.

Shackleton's writing, whilst not especially poetic, is deeply engaging. I read the whole book in slightly longer than a day, drawn in by images of frozen seas, men living on drifting ice floes for months at a time, and the many challenges of finding food (and not becoming a whale's lunch) in such a harsh environment. I was particularly struck by their absolute isolation; at a time when war was ravaging Europe, the expedition members had no idea what was happening back home for extended periods of time. The book also provides excellent perspective on how nature can so easily hinder the most ambitious of human endeavours.

Shackleton is a humble narrator, who makes no attempt to glorify his own actions and presents an intriguing story of adventure, survival, and blubber. He has utterly won me over - except, perhaps, regarding the merits of eating penguin. ( )
  pokarekareana | Jan 2, 2015 |
This is a great book regardless of the format. I thought the side notes would be better than they turned out to be, but they were still fun. The pics are ridiculously good! ( )
  untraveller | Nov 5, 2014 |
An absolutely riveting story of incredibly resourceful, heroic and courageous men. The privations were mind boggling in this most inhospitable corner of the world. Even then Shackleton was concerned about extinction of humpback whales. Shackleton was so amazingly knowledgeable about a diverse number of relevant subjects; weather, geography, geology, oceanography (especially in regards to sea ice - naturally) and sociology.

Lay in a supply of casseroles and get somebody else to ferry the kids back and forth to school for a few days because when you pick this book up you won't be able to put it down until you're done. ( )
  Clueless | Jul 8, 2013 |
The greatest adventure story ever, by one of the greatest leaders ever. ( )
  napgeorge | Apr 7, 2013 |
I read this casually, a little at a time. It's one of the great adventure stories of all time, and smashing stuff (get it?) but...here's how it works: it's based on the journals of Shackleton and everyone else in his party - he gives others lots of time too - and the entries can be a little repetitious. Like, y'know, "Still stuck on an iceberg. Cold and hungry."

Shackleton's a surprisingly good writer, though. Clear, engaging and often funny. That livens up the doldrum periods - but also, the effect of the long passages in which nothing dramatic happens is that when something does happen, it happens with extraordinary, direct impact. His account of - minor spoiler, I guess? - the final destruction of the Endurance is just crushing. An incredibly powerful moment. The immediacy of the epistolaryish format, with its you-are-here feel, makes the big moments of the expedition directly heartbreaking.

After his account of the main expedition, he starts completely over with what happened with the other boat, the Aurora. (You will have forgotten they exist by this time.) This is a tough one; it's just as compelling a story - they actually had it worse, if you can believe that, and again it's based on journals so it has that you're-right-there! feel to it, but there's no avoiding the fact that, having slogged all the way through Shackleton's brutal story, you groan a little when you realize you're about to start over.

I guess I'd suggest laying it aside and picking it up later for this part. It is much shorter, at least. And it's much shorter even than it looks, because after the story of the Aurora's landing party (again, this really is great stuff on its own), Shackleton backtracks again, to the people who stayed on the Aurora, and that part is utterly skippable. Nothing whatsoever happens. I read it so you don't have to. Just stop there. ( )
  AlCracka | Apr 2, 2013 |
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Hurley, FrankPhotographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cahill, TimForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hunt, Catherine LauCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451198808, Mass Market Paperback)

In 1914, as the shadow of war falls across Europe, a party led by veteran explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton sets out to become the first to traverse the Antarctic continent. Their initial optimism is short-lived, however, as the ice field slowly thickens, encasing the ship Endurance in a death-grip, crushing their craft, and marooning 28 men on a ploar ice floe.

In an epic struggle of man versus the elements, Shackleton leads his team on a harrowing quest for survival over some of the most unforgiving terrain in the world. Icy, tempestuous seas full of gargantuan waves, mountainous glaciers and icebergs, unending brutal cold, and ever-looming starvation are their mortal foes as Shackleton and his men struggle to stay alive.

What happened to those brave men forever stands as a testament to their strength of will and the power of human endurance.

This is their story, as told by the man who led them.

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The story of the last Antarctic expedition of the ship Endurance.

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