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End of the Earth: Voyaging to Antarctica

by Peter Matthiessen

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Matthiessen's writing is incredibly visual, and while this is a calm read that's far more interested in describing the arctic than entertaining a reader who might not be automatically interested without more plot or character, many of the passages are little short of intoxicating. Reading the work, it often feels like watching images scroll by in a documentary, zooming in on creatures and on phenomena to offer brief explorations.

I admit, there were moments when I wanted something more--more character, more progression--but this book had a way of calming the outside world, and letting me sink into it, more and more as I went along. All told, I doubt it will end up being my favorite of his works, but I'm glad to have read and explored it. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Apr 20, 2016 |
Good to read if you're going to Antarctica; otherwise not one of his better books. ( )
  bobbieharv | Apr 25, 2011 |
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The author recounts his voyage through the islands around Antarctica, describing the region's wildlife as well as the region itself while sharing historical information about the pioneers and adventurers who preceded him.

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"Matthiessen chronicles two voyages into the frozen seas that surround a landmass larger than the continental United States, most of it buried under eternal snow and ice as much as three miles deep. Ninety percent of the world's fresh water is locked in this immense ice cap, a remote region profoundly important to our environment. The author addresses the subject with authority and passion, discussing everything from global warming and the ozone layer to the vital role of krill, the teeming crustacean that is the cornerstone of the marine food chain." "Nature lovers - birders especially - will be fascinated by descriptions of more than half of the penguin species and an astonishing array of seabirds, from tiny storm-petrels to magnificent albatrosses, which may soar for years without alighting on land; here too are close encounters with whales, leopard seals, and elephant seals, and elusive creatures such as the oceanic orca. There are also remarkable descriptions of the seldom seen polar rookeries where thousands of emperor penguins stand motionless for months at a time, brooding their giant eggs through the long, cold darkness of Antarctic winter."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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