Terra Incognita

Terra Incognita

Travels in Antarctica

Book - 1998?
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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 more true to the spirit of that continent--beguiling, enchanted and vast beyond the furthest reaches of our imagination. Chosen by Beryl Bainbridge and John Major as one of the best books of the year, recommended by the editors of Entertainment Weekly and the Chicago Tribune, one of the Seattle Times's top ten travel books of the year, Terra Incognita is a classic of polar literature.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [1998?]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679440789
067944078X
Characteristics: xxi, 351 p. : maps ; 22 cm

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patcarstensen
Jun 30, 2016

I would have liked to know a little more about what the scientists were doing, but I now know a lot more about the geography of Antarctica and this history of exploration there.

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julianspergel
Jul 04, 2012

Highly recommended. Her deep reflections prompted by the extreme surroundings, the great adventures she has, and her entertaining historical insights make this a book I could not put down.

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