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This Accursed Land

This Accursed Land

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This Accursed Land

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4/5 (45 évaluations)
Longueur:
276 pages
6 heures
Sortie:
Jan 15, 2015
ISBN:
9781448214846
Format:
Livre

Description

This Accursed Land charts the epic journey of Antarctic survival endured by explorer and geologist Sir Douglas Mawson. On the 10th of November, 1912, Douglas Mawson, Lieutenant Belgrave Ninnis and Xavier Mertz set off from the hut at base camp to undertake geographic research, mapping the coastline and collecting geological samples. Three men with their faithful husky's and very basic equipment faced almost insurmountable odds in the world's most desolate climate. Unearthing hitherto unpublished journals, Lennard Bickels's in depth research creates a devastatingly clear image of the great hardships faced by Mawson and his team. Crevasses opened under their feet, blizzards overwhelmed them and, perhaps most dangerously, malnutrition dogged their heels. After the death of his two companions, Mawson's incredible resilience and determination carried him through what to most would have been certain death. In a period of excitement and heroic exploration, Mawson's story was sadly overshadowed by the tragedy of the Scott expedition, meaning that his great achievements were mostly overlooked by the general public in his lifetime.

First published in 1977, This Accursed Land is a testament to the courage, strength and sacrifice of Mawson and his team.
Sortie:
Jan 15, 2015
ISBN:
9781448214846
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

Lennard Bickel (1913–2002) was a science writer for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in the 1960s. He was the only Australian journalist invited to witness the 1969 Apollo II moon landing from the launch site. In 1970, Bickel was awarded a Commonwealth Literary Fellowship in order to write Rise Up To Life, a biography of Howard Florey, who pioneered the development of penicillin. He subsequently wrote a number of other books that highlight remarkable human achievement: little-known epics of triumph over diversity, including This Accursed Land (1977), about Douglas Mawson's struggle to stay alive in the Antarctic, and Triumph Over Darkness: The Life of Louis Braille (1988). In 1974 he was made a Knight of the Order of Mark Twain for his biography of Norman Borlaug, the Nobel-winning humanitarian scientist.

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  • (4/5)
    The book could really use a good editor, but the story is so compelling that it is hard to put down.
  • (5/5)
    1911-1913, exploring west of Cape Adare. Ninnis falls down a crevasse, Mertz dies of Vitamin A toxicity, but Mawson survives. Ripping yarn from "The Heroic Age".I read it years ago but its impact remains.
  • (5/5)
    An engaging story set in the early 1900’s during the height of artic and polar exploration.

    Rated as one of the 10 best books of 20th century exploration by The Explorer’s Club, Lennard Bickel chronicles the incredible story of Australian Douglas Mawson’s 1911-1913 Antarctic Expedition. Less renown than several of his counterparts including Amundsen, Shackleton, and Scott, he did, however, lead one of the greatest scientific and discovery expeditions of his day.

    This relatively short read is less about his and his several team’s exploits, but more about the endured hardships and will to survive while continually faced with some of the harshest elements on this planet.

    Sub zero cold, constant 50-60 mile/hr winds, frequent hurricane force conditions with blowing snow instead of rain; and all the while fighting some of the most dangerous across ice trekking conditions possible. Not just a few miles, but weeks upon weeks and hundreds upon hundreds of miles with almost no let up of suddenly disappearing into an unseen crevasse. False starts, miles of backtracking or suddenly watching your sled dogs disappear from view as the snow bridge collapses beneath them.

    It was a captivating read; and worthy of the 4 to 5 rating just for the story by itself. I stayed with the “5”, but if there was a shortfall, it would be my perception that perhaps the book was written in a style or at a level leaning slightly to close towards an overview. At times there seemed insufficient character development to draw you into feeling as part of the story line and circumstances encountered. Never the less, it is still a great book.