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South: The Last Antarctic Expedition of Shackleton and the Endurance

South The Last Antarctic Expedition of Shackleton and the Endurance This first person account of the Endurance crew s famed odyssey across the frozen Antarctic is a classic tale of survival resolve and leadership

  • Title: South: The Last Antarctic Expedition of Shackleton and the Endurance
  • Author: Ernest Shackleton Tim Cahill
  • ISBN: 9781599213231
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Paperback
  • This first person account of the Endurance crew s famed odyssey across the frozen Antarctic is a classic tale of survival, resolve, and leadership.

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    1. MapsIntroductionPreface--South: The Endurance ExpeditionAppendix I:Scientific WorkSea-Ice NomenclatureMeteorologyPhysicsSouth Atlantic Whales and WhalingAppendix II:The Expedition Huts at McMurdo SoundIndex

    2. I doubt there could be a more real life example of the ‘What would you take to a desert island?’ than Shackleton’s trip to the Antarctic. There is an exhibition of the photographs of that trip on at the RGS in London at the moment. One of the photos shows a wall of books, his floating library. The RGS has been able to digitally enhance it, so that we now know exactly what Shackleton took on this unhappy expedition.Can you judge a book by its cover?Magazine correctly judged by cover (from T [...]

    3. First it was cold. And then it got really cold. And we're hungry. And it' cold and we're hungry. And phewy, it's really freaking cold. We don't have a whole lot to eat, either. Brrrrrrrrrrrr. Ice. Seals. Cold. Es muy frio. Teeth chattering. Chewing on blubber. Blubber fires. Shivering. Need more food. Did I mention it's cold? Seriously, I'm really cold. Frostbite. Shoulda worn another sweater. Shoulda brought an extra pair of gloves. Shoulda brought some extra cans of Pringles. I could really go [...]

    4. Prior to reading Sir Ernest Shakelton’s harrowing voyage aboard the Endurance I knew few facts other than he obviously survived to pen his memoir.The expedition to be the first to cross the Antarctic continent from sea to sea over roughly 1,800 miles by way of the South Pole. Planning for the mission began in 1913 and when World War I erupted the scientific voyage was not canceled. It’s historic that on August 4, 1914 King George V kept his appointment to meet with Shakelton and give him the [...]

    5. Despite sitting here in October whining to myself about my cold fingers while typing, I have to admit I've got kind of a thing for grueling polar expeditions and the occasional 19th century disastrous sea voyage. I especially have a thing for Mr. Shackleton, the great heroic failure of the Edwardian era. (Not my words, but I don't recall who said them — someone on NPR, I expect).This book is the detailed accounts of Shackleton's last Antarctic journey. He takes a crew on the Endurance to the W [...]

    6. Extremely interesting and riveting in places even knowing how it all turned out.Available at:gutenberg/ebooks/5199librivox/south-by-ernest-

    7. Back when men were men. At the outbreak of WWI Shackleton had outfitted two ships and crews to try a continental crossing of the Antarctic. He offered to halt the expedition but was ordered to continue by Winston Churchill. Famously, the crossing never took place. What did happen was an increasingly desperate fight to survive by the two ship's crews on opposite sides of the polar continent.The book is largely made up of extracts from Shackleton's own diary and the diaries of some of the other ex [...]

    8. I had a really hard time getting into the "floe" of this book. See what I did there? No, seriously, Shackleton's writing is very clinical and matter of fact. Recording every day, watching the ice, food stores, lat and long, temperaturecr what seems like an eternity. With no drama or embellishment, which as an avid reader, I love. However, this book at its start was dry. That is the truth. You know what else is the truth? This story. All of it. 100% fact. You can know that going in, and think, hu [...]

    9. 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'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 [...]

    10. Quite simply awesome. And I don't use the word lightly, considering it is very much an overused word. Ernest Shackleton was a hero not only because of what he endured, but because of how he led. As opposed to Robert Scott who made a series of errors (as well as experiencing some genuine bad luck with inclement weather) culminating in disaster in 1912, Shackleton's primary concern above all aspects of his mission were the men under his command. In 1908 - on his earlier 'farthest south' expedition [...]

    11. Most certainly, as exploration adventure survival stories go, Shackleton's 'South' has to be in the premier league. My copy in the Penquin Classics series, (which contains those excellent black and white photographs of Frank Hurley's), originally published from Shackleton's memoirs/logs from the Endurance expedition in 1919.If ever a ship was more aptly named! Of course, this epic tale has been re-told in other books and on film. Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition was to be a Trans-Antarcti [...]

    12. If you're familiar with Shackleton's story, you likely want to read this just for the sake of completion. Just know that it's not going to be the page-turner you would have hoped for. For anyone unfamiliar with Shackleton's story and curious to learn more, I'd recommend you start with another source.The subject matter is fascinating yet Shackleton's writing lacks emotion. He was obviously writing this for his contemporaries to prove that his expedition had not been a complete failure. He rightly [...]

    13. Read this one while you're hating how freaking cold out it is!! It's been a while since I read this, but if I remember correctly, it's all taken from the journals of the men on the expedition. There's a lot of stuff about lattitude and longitude, and 5000 different ways to describe cold and snow and ice! You may find that you want to skim over some of the more "scientific" stuff and just get to the good parts! You know: the frostbite, and the starvation, and the penguin poo! This book will make [...]

    14. "I had a bad attack of snow-blindness and had to use cocaine. Hayward also had a bad time. I was laid up and had to keep my eyes bandaged for three days." They don't make adventurers like this anymore. It was epic stuff all the way. Shackleton, if anything, played down how hard it was. As someone who has tried to sleep in a soaking wet sleeping bag, I am awestruck how they survived that in Antartic conditions. A great read.

    15. "For knowledge and erudition, give me Scott. For expeditionary and exploration prowess, take Peary. But if disaster strikes, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton!"

    16. What an incredible story!! The ability to survive in such an environment is quite incredible, esp considering this was over 100 years ago now. Written by Shackleton himself you can tell he is an explorer (this won’t win any writing awards) but is fairly accessible and easy to follow. And there are parts that are so incredible you just want to get to the end of the chapter. And it’s free on kindle.

    17. This book was very slow paced and detailed, and took me a long time to read, especially the first third. The story was amazing, but I can’t decide if they were amazingly brave and perseverant, or just a bit stupid. Not their survival, but putting themselves at such risk in the first place. When they ended up stranded, no one seemed remotely surprised. The person who recommended this book to me mentioned looking at leadership traits, so I was thinking about that as I read this book.Team buildin [...]

    18. This is Ernest Shackleton's personal account of his adventure to Antarctica. He descirbes in great detail the grandeur of the adventure, the highs and lows. I especially liked how he describes their final stretch to cross the island of South Georgia and reach civliliation with little food and no water. He said the three of them the presence of a fourth person who helped them on their final leg. It's hard to know if this was an angel or what, but he feels strongly they were protected and aided by [...]

    19. "South" by Sir Ernest Shackleton,1919. Shackleton's first hand account is one of the most well known survival narratives of the 20th century. Shackleton's writing is mostly cool and factual, more like that of a sea captain's ship log, rather than that of a personal diary. The more intriguing passages are the entrees that hint of uncertainty. As he and his crew begin to feel the pangs of scurvy, Shackleton shrinks from shooting an over flying albatross. Fearing the guilt that would be felt by his [...]

    20. When I became the proud owner of a Kindle, I was reading a paperback novel (Mudbound). Not wanting to start another novel, I decided to read a bit of "South!" (downloaded free from ) while I finished the paperback. However, this is one book that once started is difficult to put down. The lives of Shackleton and his party have a routine monotony that is a stark contrast to their constant struggle for survival during their journey. Shackleton writes almost matter-of-factly about the incredible har [...]

    21. Envoûtée par ces aventures polaires, j’ai enchaîné avec L’odyssée de l’Endurance, qui relate la 4e expédition britannique en Antarctique du XXe siècle. Le pôle Sud ayant été atteint en décembre 1911 par le Norvégien Amundsen, et Shackleton ayant toujours le goût de l’aventure, il ne lui reste plus qu’à tenter la traversée du continent, de la mer de Weddel à l’île de Ross, via le pôle Sud. C’est avec l’Endurance, navire conçu spécialement pour des voyages polai [...]

    22. This a recount of real events that reads like fiction. Language in this book is beautiful and flows naturally, what makes it a fairly easy and quick read.When reading non-fiction it is always difficult to not judge the reasons, decisions and events behind the story. I refrain from doing that as my rating would drop drastically, as I was rather critical of the whole adventure. Nevertheless we can't change past and these events took place exactly a 100 years ago. And taking that into account I was [...]

    23. Reading Shackleton's story always makes me feel like I need more testosterone in my life, like I should tackle something grand and important and mostly crazy. It also makes me glad that I spend most of my time warm enough and full enough. Aside from being a great (completely true) adventure story, it's a great testament to a fantastic leader that he brought all the men who went with him back home, despite their incredible hardships.

    24. It's hard to judge these books by the same standards you'd use on anything else. Shackleton is not a writer, but his tale of the, well, failure of the Endurance makes for a riveting read. The fact that they all (spoiler alert) survived after horrific struggles with the ice, cold, hunger, thirst and depression is a little bit miraculous, and Shackleton's understated tone makes it all the more impressive.

    25. Very, very interesting but somewhat a hard read. Shackleton is one of my personal heroes and I still can hardly believe nobody died on this expedition. But the format of the prose is very detailed in descriptions, kind of log book style which is interesting on one hand but not so pleasurable for one who is simply trying to get a hold of this story. You won't remember that "the cliff was 30 feet high" after half an hour of reading the sentence. But great book and unbelievable story.

    26. A decent account of the trials and tribulations of the crew of the aptly named Endurance. With their ship destroyed by ice after being held fast for months, Shackleton had to organize the evacuation of the crew by means of sled and open boat. The hardships and privations suffered by these men are enough to make you want to inch closer to your fireplace! A great tale of adventure, and all the better because it's true.

    27. This book is about a thrilling adventure/exploration mission into antarctica. Their ship is crushed in the ice fields and the journey then becomes one of survival. The description is amazing! You couldn't write a better fiction story than this true to life story of almost certain death and the hope that carries us through the most difficult of experiences.

    28. Absolutely excellent and inspiring. I don't like motivational speaker stuff, I find it all very fluffy and very vacant. Shackleton's account of the 1914-1917 expedition is anything but. An amazing tale of perseverance, endurance, and on-the-ball leadership, it is a great read for anyone interested in exploration.

    29. It was really only ok, surprisingly! This "general narrative" was mostly a difficult bore to read. Maybe Lansing's Endurance is a better read? Sorry, Shackleton! So many details, so many "lat 70 40 S miles north 29 east of" and not enough depth! Who were these fifty-six men?

    30. This isn't usually my type of book, but I really got into this one, partly because the captain was actually a decent writer as well as obviously a pretty extraordinary individual.

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