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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage (original 1959; edition 1999)

by Alfred Lansing

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Title:Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Authors:Alfred Lansing
Info:Tyndale House (1999), Paperback, 247 pages
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Rating:*****
Tags:Paperback, Antarctica, Travel

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Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (1959)

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I really can't offer up a firm line between what captivated me most in Lansing's Endurance, whether it was the bravery and will to survive of the Endurance crew or Lansing's style. Both culminated in a result that is inspiring and enjoyable.

[Further review to come.] ( )
  lemotamant898 | Jan 18, 2016 |
I really can't offer up a firm line between what captivated me most in Lansing's Endurance, whether it was the bravery and will to survive of the Endurance crew or Lansing's style. Both culminated in a result that is inspiring and enjoyable.

[Further review to come.] ( )
  motavant | Jan 17, 2016 |
An inspiring book supported with lots of visuals, hard to put down. ( )
  oel_3 | Jan 17, 2016 |
This book had me biting my nails from the opening sentence: The order to abandon ship was given at 5pm.

The story is pieced together beautifully from the diaries of the men that accompanied Shackleton in 1914 on what was to be the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. The first part gives an insight into the preparations of the expedition and what such an enterprise really meant at the time. The plan was not to be executed in a couple of weeks as it would nowadays, but rather it would take months or even years to complete. And there would be no outside help to be had as there simply was no means of communication. It would take them over one and a half years to come back to their starting point at the whaling station on South Georgia.

Though they never actually made it to onto the landmass of Antarctica, their trip back to civilization was indeed an incredible journey. Their situation went from bad to desperate and beyond. Even knowing the outcome, even though the narration is not focused on any one individual, it takes you right along for the ride. You groan at every bad turn of luck, any vital piece of equipment broken or lost and cheer with every marvelous feat accomplished under dire circumstances. Though the boredom of forced inactivity was a big issue for the men on this trip, this feeling never takes over in the book. There is just the right balance of painting a vivid picture of the circumstances then moving the tale along. ( )
  sushicat | Jan 14, 2016 |
This bestseller first published in 1959 and reissued in 1999 recounts the failure of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition by Sir Ernest Shackleton in its attempt to cross the Antarctic continent by dog sledge in 1914.

Men have to be nuts to be explorers ….

The British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic in August of 1914 by October 1015 half way from its intended base the ship was trapped, crushed in the ice leaving the crew drifting on ice packs in one of the world’s most inhospitable regions.

Mr. Lansing describes with chilling words how the men survived the long voyage in an open boat across the stormiest ocean and vividly recounts the overland trek through the glaciers and mountains. What shines over all the misery in this harrowing adventure is the resilience and courage of the 28 men. This book written from interviews and access to the journals of all the survivors of the expedition is one hell of a tale and is as exciting as a novel. Although the tone has a dry style the story is far from being dull. We know from the start that this is a story of 28 men absolutely doomed….The most fascinating is the gritty details of how much their day to day life was bad: hiking across slushy ice pack, being wet for weeks, frostbitten, starving, sleeping in freezing water, surviving gale force wind,, etc. and this lasted for two long years. It is amazing they didn’t kill or eat each other. It seems so unbelievable they managed to survive.

“Endurance” is an amazing catalog of miseries and is one of the most intense and captivating read. ( )
  Tigerpaw70 | Jan 7, 2016 |
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The order to abandon ship was given at 5 P.M.
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The time for hesitation was past, and Shackleton swung himself over the side. Working furiously, he began to cut steps in the face of the cliff, descending slowly, a foot at a time. A bitter chill had come into the air, and the sun was nearly down. Gradually they were getting lower, but it was maddeningly slow progress. After thirty minutes, the ice-hard surface of the snow grew softer, indicating that the grade was not quite so steep. Shackleton stopped short. He seemed to realize all at once the futility of what he was doing. At the rate they were going it would take hours to make the descent. Furthermore, it was probably too late to turn back. He hacked out a small platform with the adz, then called to the others to come down. There was no need to explain the situation. Speaking rapidly, Shackleton said simply that they faced a clear-cut choice: If they stayed where they were, they would freeze-in an hour, maybe two, maybe more. They had to get lower-and with all possible haste. So he suggested they slide. Worsley and Crean were stunned-especially for such an insane solution to be coming from Shackleton. But he wasn’t joking…he wasn’t even smiling. He meant it-and they knew it. But what if they hit a rock, Crean wanted to know. Could they stay where they were, Shackleton replied, his voice rising. The slope, Worsley argued. What if it didn’t level off? What if there were another precipice? Shackleton’s patience was going. Again he demanded-could they stay where they were? Obviously they could not, and Worsley and Crean reluctantly were forced to admit it. Nor was there really any other way of getting down. And so the decision was made. Shackleton said they would slide as a unit, holding onto one another. They quickly sat down and untied the rope which held them together. Each of them coiled up his share to form a mat. Worsley locked his legs around Shackleton’s waist and put his arms around Shackleton’s neck. Crean did the same with Worsley. They looked like three tobogganers without a toboggan. Altogether it took a little more than a minute, and Shackleton did not permit any time for reflection. When they were ready, he kicked off. In the next instant their hearts stopped beating. They seemed to hang poised for a split second, then suddenly the wind was shrieking in their ears, and a white blur of snow tore past. Down…down…they screamed – not in terror necessarily, but simply because they couldn’t help it. It was squeezed out of them by the rapidly mounting pressure in their ears and against their chests. Faster and faster – down … down …down! Then they shot forward onto the level, and their speed began to slacken. A moment later they came to an abrupt halt in a snowbank. The three men picked themselves up. They were breathless and their hearts were beating wildly. But they found themselves laughing uncontrollably. What had been a terrifying prospect possibly a hundred seconds before had turned into a breath-taking triumph.
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In the summer of 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set off aboard the Endurance bound for the South Atlantic. The goal of his expedition was to cross the Antarctic overland, but more than a year later, and still half a continent away from the intended base, the Endurance was trapped in ice and eventually was crushed. For five months Shackleton and his crew survived on drifting ice packs in one of the most savage regions of the world before they were finally able to set sail again in one of the ship's lifeboats. Alfred Lansing's Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage is a white-knuckle account of this astounding odyssey.

Through the diaries of team members and interviews with survivors, Lansing reconstructs the months of terror and hardship the Endurance crew suffered. In October of 1915, there "were no helicopters, no Weasels, no Sno-Cats, no suitable planes. Thus their plight was naked and terrifying in its simplicity. If they were to get out--they had to get themselves out." How Shackleton did indeed get them out without the loss of a single life is at the heart of Lansing's magnificent true-life adventure tale.

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The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Schackleton's survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as "Time" magazine put it, "defined heroism". Alfred Lansing's scrupulously researched and brilliantly narrated book--with over 200,000 copies sold--has long been acknowledged as the definitive account of the "Endurance's" fateful trip.… (more)

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