This is a wonderful book about courage, hardship, destiny and defying the odds. An incredible adventure that will keep you turning page after page. And the best part? It is a true story. This book is one of my all time favorites. Read it and enjoy.
This riveting and entirely true story will leave you breathless! It's the ultimate adventure/survival tale, based on contemporaneous diaries and interviews conducted by the author with the exceptional men who survived.
Very gripping story, and I am not usually a fan of adventure type memoirs. I was completely captivated by quotes from the men's diaries, plus there are actual photos. Not your average man-against-nature book. I highly recommend it.
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Fabulously written about an incredible episode in the tragic history of polar exploration. If you know nothing of Shackleton's last attempt, read this book before reading anything else. It is fabulous and will have you on the edge of your seat.
Bound for Antarctica, shackleton planned to cross on foot the last continent. After battling for 6 weeks and a 100 miles of ice the ship is locked in ice. The battle continues - you will love it for the adventure and its TRUE.
I don't normally read this type of book. My daughter-in-law loaned it to me. I could not put it down. I read it all day and stayed up 'til 2:30 a.m. because I could not stop until I knew how it ended. I couldn't have slept. The books is so good, I would have lain awake all night worrying about whether they got to safety. I'm sure I irritated my family by reading portions aloud as I went along (which I never do). This is the epitome of a 'page-turner'!
This is one of the most amazing survival stories in human history, and Alfred Lansing does an incredible job of putting you into the minds of these men as they survive the impossible. I never read books more than once, but I make an exception for this book. I have read it several times and it never ceases to amaze.
I cannot recommend this highly enough. A must read for any fan of literature about adventure or sailing. Also a great read for anyone that just likes a great story. It's a bonus that is actually true!
This is the most incredible true-life survival adventure that I have ever read! Shackleton and his crew become stranded on the surface of the frozen Weddell Sea when their ship, The Endurance, is crushed by ice during an Antarctic expedition and overcome incredible odds to survive.
Set in 1915. 27 men survive over a year on ice bound Antarctic seas! Based on the diaries and interviews conducted by the author with these exceptional men. "Gripping, suspenseful and intense" according to the Chicago Tribune...I say flat out fantastic story of the strength of men and the determination to survive!
I'll give you the description on the back of the book, but first let me say, this is not my usual "type" of reading and I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!!
"Bound for Antarctica, where polar explorer Ernest Shackleton planned to cross on foot the last uncharted continent, the Endurance set sail from England, in August 1914. In January 1915, after battling its way for six weeks through a thousand miles of pack ice and now only a day's sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked inside an island of ice. For ten months the ice-moored Endurance drifted northwest before it was finally crushed. But for Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men the ordeal had barely begun. It would end only after a near-miraculous journey by Shackleton and a skeleton crew through over 850 miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization.
"This astonishing tale of survival by Shackleton and all twenty-seven of his men for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as Time magazine put it, 'defined heroism.' Alfred Lansing's brilliantly narrated books has long been acknowledged as the definitive account of the Endurance's fateful trip. This new edition of the all-time bestseller has been augmented with maps and illustrations."
You will find yourself "living" this adventure right along with these men and being so sure at many points that it will not succeed that it's successful ending is truly a miracle.
Book is in great shape...possibly edges of pages have yellowed some...I keep looking at them, but I can't be sure.
"A wealth of material has been generously made available to me, most notably the painstakingly detailed diaries of virtually every expedition member who kept one. It is amazing how thorough these diaries are, considering the conditions under which they were kept. In fact, the diaries contain much more information than could be included in this book.
"These logs are a wonderfully stranage assortment of documents, smudged with the smoke of blubber oil, wrinkled from being waterlogged and then dried out. Some were written in bookkeepers' ledgers in appropriately large handwriting. Others were kept in very small notebooks in tiny script. In all cases, however, the exact language, spelling, and punctuation have been preserved just as they were originally written." (preface)
Good book but a little hard to get thru(likely just the writing style). Author brings to life the events of Ernest Shackleton's quest to cross Antarctica on foot and the ordeal he and the crew went thru when they unexpectedly get trapped in the ice.
Ever since viewing a documentary on Sir Ernest Shackleton's ordeal after losing his ship to packed ice in Antarctica, I have wanted to learn more details. I chose this book which was published in 1959 and written by a man who still had access to a few surviving members of Shackleton's 1914 expedition. This story of survival is truly amazing, right up there with Louis Zamperini's WWII nightmarish journey. How Shackleton worked to keep his crew and expedition members out of harm's away with each new danger is an astonishing tale, as is the optimism expressed by his men in such horrendous circumstances. Highly recommended reading!
Slow start and the end notes were a little tedious, but the book itself was an amazing story and well told. If I hadn't known these guys survived to the end, I might not have finished it because their ordeal was so overwhelming. People today can't fathom the amount of human endurance required of those in times past. This book is part suspense, part history, and part action / adventure....with a good dose of humanity thrown in. Excellent read.
The phrase "it will keep you at the edge of your seat" usually refers to movies. This book definitely did that for me. It is REALLY exciting! If these men were alive today, they would all be more than 120 yrs. old. But they will come alive and you will get to know each individual in this exciting adventure. The horrific conditions they endured, their repeated attempts to escape the ice, and their sheer determination to survive makes for excellent reading. Each man's place in the story is clear. You become acquainted with their strenghts and weaknesses. It took the efforts of all to make it through. The ingenuity shown in the way they could create what was needed out of next to nothing is truly amazing. So many times their plans and efforts were thwarted, yet they went back to new efforts every time. I don't normally read this kind of book, and I am so glad I read this! It is excellent! I definitely recommend it. D. (gardngal)
absolutely fantastic recounting of a truly amazing time in our history...reminded me of the Lost City of Z, which had the same type characters who refused to give up. of course, the ending was much more positive.
An amazing true story of how adventurer Ernest Shackleton and his team left civillization in 1914 on the brink of World War I in their ship Endurance to attempt to reach the South Pole - a trip he had tried (and failed) twice before.
The author Alfred Lansing relied heavily on the survivors' diaries to bring this story to life. Historically accurate and gripping tale of extreme survival!