Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica
Harvard University Press, 2007 - 399 pàgines
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From Scott and Shackleton to sled dogs and penguins, stories of Antarctica seize our imagination. In December 2002, environmental historian Tom Griffiths set sail with the Australian Antarctic Division to deliver the new team of winterers. In this beautifully written book, Griffiths reflects on the history of human experiences in Antarctica, taking the reader on a journey of discovery, exploration, and adventure in an unforgettable land.
He weaves together meditations on shipboard life during his three-week voyage with fascinating forays into the history and nature of Antarctica. He brings alive the great age of sail in the initiation of travelers to the great winds of the "roaring forties." No continent is more ruled by wind, and Griffiths explains why Antarctica is a barometer of global climatic health. He charts the race to the South Pole, from its inception as part of the drive to map Earth's magnetism, to the reasons for Robert Scott's tragic death. He also offers vivid descriptions of life in Antarctica, such as the experience of a polar night, the importance of food for morale, and coping with solitude.
A charming narrative and an informative history, Slicing the Silence is an intimate portrait of the last true wilderness.
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Even on arrival at the pole, Scott knew it would be 'a desperate struggle' to get
home: 'I wonder if we can do it.' During the winter of 1911, the loyal Frank
Debenham recorded the power of 'The Owner' (as Scott was called) to paralyse
his party ...
Shackleton knew he was henceforth condemned to write and speak, in the same
breath, of the red warfare of Europe and the 'White Warfare of the South'. He
celebrated the generous self-sacrifice' of his men in Antarctica, and he boasted of
If it were possible, I wanted to create a single attitude - a single state of mind -
unfettered by the trivial considerations of civilisation.' Byrd enforced a division
between what the outside world knew and what his men knew. He was a creature
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Since The Son and The Daughter came I have become an armchair adventurer rather than an outdoor adventurer. The tale of Shackleton’s adventure to Antarctica has always fascinated me; Trapped in ice ... Llegeix la ressenya completa
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Antarctica, that great, unknown continent, has attracted explorers and scientists for centuries. Like many before him, Griffiths (history, Australian National Univ., Canberra) was drawn to this harsh ... Llegeix la ressenya completa