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!!> BOOKS ✺ Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica ✰ Author Sara Wheeler –

Terra Incognita: Travels in AntarcticaAfter Writing Two Highly Praised Travel Books, Sara Wheeler Was Accepted By The American Government To Be The First Foreigner On Their National Science Foundation S Antarctic Artists And Writers Program She Spent Seven Months On The Continent, Travelling From The Fabled Ross Ice Shelf To The Pole Itself, The Remoter Reaches Of The West Antarctic Ice Sheet, And The Balmy Antarctic Peninsula.Terra Incognita Is A Meditation On The Landscape, Myths And History Of One Of The Remotest Parts Of The Globe, As Well As An Encounter With The International Temporary Residents Of The Region Living In Close Confinement Despite The Surrounding Acres Of White Space And The Mechanics Of Day To Day Life In Extraordinary Conditions Through Sara Wheeler, The Antarctic Is Revealed, In All Its Seductive Mystery.

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    Once in a while a person accidentally stumbles on an especially annoying book One written particularly because a desperate publisher made a phone call, or mailed a letter with a check to an author with the words It s time to write another one, Shirley and the author hurled herself to write, without a plan, without ideas and the only thing that came out was a dull diary filled with self pity, anti Americanism, sexism and generally criticism Well, this is one of those books and I truly feel sorry for the trees that have to die annually to satisfy the erroneous marketing projections of underpaid book editors in the current cost cutting environment especially after the advent of Print on Demand in order to deliver such hideous and mind numbing gems Yet I am also grateful I m grateful for these sacrifices because they serve to carry a message to the reader, which he or she can carry to you the broader audience That message is DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THIS BOOK AND THIS AUTHOR In terms of content well, there is no story here This is simply a tedious account of a lonely woman who spent someone else s money to visit Antarctica and record her daily experiences What kind of experiences, you wonder The kind that go like this we took off over the frozen sound toward the Transantarctics we could see individual birds waddling about with stones in their beaks Later that day we landed at the snout of the Mawson Glacier for a picnic so we all had our own ...

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    I usually enjoy travel books written by women Antarctica is on my bucket list I ran hot and cold on this book I enjoyed the experiences she had with the interesting people and characters she met along the way than with the history lessons I understand the need to put some of what she saw in historic perspective It took me a long time to get through this book, I think because I felt it would...

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    Summary from the back of the book It is the coldest, windiest, driest place on earth, an icy desert of unearthly beauty and stubborn impenetrability For centuries, Antarctica has captured the imagination of our greatest scientists and explorers, lingering in the spirit long after their return Shackleton called it the last great journey for Apsley Cherry Garrard it was the worst journey in the world This is a book about the call of the wild and the response of the spirit to a country that exists perhaps most vividly in the mind Sara Wheeler spent seven months in Antarctica living with its scientists and dreamers No book is true to the spirit of that continent beguiling, enchanted, and vast beyond the furthest reaches of our imagination Sara Wheeler had the opportunity to spend time in Antarctica as a writer in residence for the National Science Foundation, and produced an exceptionally lively, interesting, and educational book about her experience She blends her story with those of the legendary explorers Scott, Amundsen, Shackleton, Fienne and without much effort, I finished the thing in two days and a few hours I admit I was slightly interested in the author s personal experience with the continent and the people scientists are referred to as beakers than in learning the history of its previous exploration, but she made it very absorbing and easy to read What those explorers from the early twentieth century wen...

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    In her writing, Wheeler has a knack for immersing herself in the places that she visits, and teasing out the stories of the location and the people.She has been appointed writer in residence in Antarctica, and sets about visiting as many of the bases across the continent that she can Her easy going manner makes it easy for her to fit in with the predominately male staff She writes about the characters in each of the bases, and the antics that they get up to, and the way that they cope with the isolation and the climate As people become aware of her presence she get invitations to other bases She is put with the artist in residence, and they are allowed to live a short way from the base to they can concentrate on their art and writing The book covers the history of the polar exploration there too, and the narrative is woven with the places that Scott and Amundsen visited, lived at and sadly perished at.Wheelers descriptions of the glaci...

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    Writing a boring book about the most extreme environment on Earth is quite a feat, but this author achieved the seemingly impossible I pushed through to the end, but it felt like wading through mud The book is mostly about Wheeler s personal feelings and reflections about Antarctica during her seventh month visit to the continent, and while she had read the literature of explorati...

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    Sara Wheeler s best work A well written, soul stirring book that stays with you long after you read it.

  8. says:

    This book is an odd mix of a description of everyday life on the Antarctic stations and a disjointed history of polar exploration There are interesting parts, but I think that there are better books that cover the same subjects separately.

  9. says:

    Very well written, feels like i was there on all these research stations and in good and bad weather on the ice.

  10. says:

    Sara Wheeler has been on my to read list for quite some time And I slogged through this book, because I wanted to like Sara through this book, but I found her to be as cold as Antarctica She hints at darkness in her soul that she somehow wants to come to peace with while in Antarctica, but as even she points out in the book, we take ourselves with us everywhere we go The book is some grand compilation of her research on Antarctica explorers, and a slog through her travels around all the different base camps scientific research centers she certainly does know how to get what she wants But she doesn t convey any connection to any of the folks that generously shared their time, knowledge, and space nor does she really convey in any depth what she spent her year doing A comment like I went to weather school well, that s it, want to know out of luck There is one Sara Whe...

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