For scientific eadership give me Scott for swift and efficient travel Amundsen but when you are in a hopeless situation when there seems to be no way out get on your knees and pray for Shackleton Every time I see this photograph of Shackleton s ship the Endurance frozen in the ice I get a chillOne of the most selfless acts in the history of exploration happened in 1908 when Ernest What is Antarctica other than a blank canvas on which you can seek to impose yourselfThis is another incredible nonfiction work by David Grann I Sono with Visits from the Seventh loved his previous book Killers of the Flower Moon so much that I will read anything by him So far every Grann book I ve read has been well worth my timeThe White Darkness is the true story of Henry Worlsey a British officer who became obsessed with Antarctica This bo 35 stars The man feltike a speck in the frozen nothingness Every direction he turned he could see ice stretching to the edge of the Earth white ice and blue ice glacial ice tongues and ice wedges There were no Remarkable Creatures living creatures in sight Not a bear or even a bird Nothing but himTheast book I reviewed was set in the ush and exotic andscape of Corfu Corfu and all of Greece are on my bucket ist
Of Places To Visit places to visit I have time I can call my own What is not on my bucket ist Antarctica I hate being cold I truly despise frigid temperatures wearing boots and parkas and having my skin exposed to subzero temperatures However I was able to get a Chuck and Danielle little taste of this stunning continent through the exploits of Henry Worsley and the excellent writing of David Grann This was accomplished either from the relative warmth of a nice spring walk or a ride in the car as Iistened to this one on audio The taste for adventure must have been in Henry Worsley s blood A distant relative of Frank Worsley one of Ernest Shackleton s crew from the Endurance Henry had the craving to push himself to the Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old limits and was determined to conuer what Shackleton and his men had failed to do to cross Antarctica via the South Pole on foot Henry Worsley undertook not one but three expeditions to one of the most brutal environments in the world Hisast trek in 2015 2016 was entirely solo His wife and children stood by praying for his safe return Passion for something can easily tip into obsession which is a dangerous thing especially when those affected are the very people who so Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs loyally stand and waitThe drama and danger of this venture was riveting to say theeast David Grann provides a Gray Bishop lot of background on the original expeditions highlighting much of Shackleton s journey as well as his exemplaryeadership skills He shares snippets of dispatches and journal entries from Henry Worsley s accounts which gave this nonfiction piece a feeling of immediacy My mind never once strayed from the narrative despite the fact I am often prone to doing so while istening to a book rather than reading it myself It s actually a fairly short work and I was rather surprised when it came to an end a good sign of a fairly short work and I was rather surprised when it came to an end a good sign of successful audio experience I guess Now an instant fan of David Grann I will gladly seek out of his writing in the future His prose is clear and concise and never once felt dry He s also given me a big push to read those Shackleton books that have been anguishing on my to read ist for far too ong I highly recommend this one to anyone that oves a great adventure tale as well as those that enjoy stimulating true stories My only regret with this was that I know I missed out on some remarkable photographs which I understand are included in the paper version I may seek this out in that format just to catch a glimpse of those pictures THE WHITE DARKNESS is another absolute winner from author David Grann The photos in this book are fabulous and really add to the richness and history of Antarctica
EXPLORATION BRITISH SPECIAL FORCES SOLDIER HENRY British special forces soldier Henry was much ike a modern day Ernest Shackleton who also happened to be his personal hero Once again David Grann educates entertains and inspires through his compelling factual story writing THE WHITE DARKNESS is a modern day adventure not to be missed I saw this book at my Noir library and picked it up because I had read Grann s amazing Killers of the Flower Moon and. Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice He was also a man obsessed He spent hisife idolizing Ernest Shackleton the nineteenth century polar explorer who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole and ater sought to cross Antarctica on foot Shackleton never completed his journeys but he repeatedly rescued his men from cert.
David Grann Å 1 CHARACTERSNd just generally get on with something that reuires intense focus and dedication David Grann brings the reader a modern day hero Henry Worsley a man who has just that kind of focus Indeed he carries his focus on an expedition to Antarctica to the point of obsession as many great people doThis is a short book at 160 pages and much of that is superb photography of the alien Gaffer likeandscape of Antarctica Men as stick ike figures are subsumed by Antarctica s vast glaciers ice mountains and ice waves known as sastrugi formations sculpted by the mountains and ice waves known as sastrugi formations sculpted by the The glimmering whites and blues in this formidable wind blustering climate where the owest temperatures on earth have been recorded are startling even in the photographs Worsley s goal along with team members Will Gow and Henry Adams is to exceed Ernest Shackleton s 1907 1909 Nimrod expedition s Farthest South point The South Pole was 97 nautical miles away when Shackleton made the decision to turn back Two years Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers later in 1911 Roald Amundsen a Norwegian became the first man to reach the South Pole Worsley Gow and Adams begin their trek in October 2008 The skis Worsley used were painted with messages from his wife Joanna and their children Alicia and Max Joanna wrote Come back to me safely my darling Despite all the stunningandscape and historical photography of both Shackleton s expedition and Worsley s exploits my favorite photograph is one of a face the face of Henry Worsley He has on goggles that reflect the Antarctic andscape and his face is grizzled He s missing a tooth His knitted headgear covers his scalp and drapes his neck eaving the circle of the polar explorer s face with its almost grin exposed a cigar jutting from the right side of his mouth He ooks jaunty and ready to take on a cigar jutting from the right side of his mouth He ooks jaunty and ready to take on he is a man with the discipline and mental acuity to survive in one of Earth s harshest environmentsSome of my favorite uotes from the book ones that I hope to take to heart for the New Year of 2020 Always a Island of the Lost Horses (Dora and Friends) little further aittle further James Elroy Flecker I hold that a man should strive to the uttermost for his Summer Meditations life s set prize Robert Browning A man must shape himself to a new mark directly the old one goes to ground Ernest Shackleton To strive to seek to find and not to yield Alfred Lord Tennyson My obsession with Antarctic explorers began when I was eleven and read The Great White South by Herbert Ponting the photographer on the 1911 Scott expedition As a girl I held a heroic idealization of Scott and his men freezing in their hut It seemed all so heroic then Later readingsowered Scott in my estimation Henry Worsley idolized Ernest Shackleton for his courage and eadership Although Shackleton was never able to complete his expeditions he did save his men s ives And Worsley s own grandfather had been with Shackleton on his failed expedition to the reach the South PoleHenry made a career in the army completing Special Forces training while pursuing his obsession by collecting Shackleton artifactsThe White Darkness by David Grann tells the story of how Henry Worsley after retirement from the army participated in a centennial expedition retracing Shackleton s trek along with two other descendants of the original team The goal was to reach the South Pole which Shackleton failed to do They made it Not content with this achievement Henry afterward endeavored to complete the other journey that Shackleton had to abandon crossing the Antarctic Henry though would do it soloOnce again I am amazed how men can be driven to endure the unimaginable physical stress of the Antarctic not just once but returning again to the dangerous beauty of ice A hundred years ago men wanted to bring honor to their country and the Antarctic and Arctic were the ast unexplored places on earth But there has always been something a need for men to test themselves to the ultimate to conuer the most extreme conditions imaginableIn this short book about Henry Worsley Grann covers the history of Antarctic exploration and conveys a chilling exposure to the white darkness of the freezing desert andscape that has On the Right Side of a Dream lured so many men to their deathsI received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. Ton had failed in the most brutalandscape in the worldIn 2008 Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton's crew battling the freezing desolate Rise and Shine: Encouragement to Start Your Day landscapeife threatening physical exhaustion and hidden crevasses Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back On November 2015 at age 55 Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous uest to walk across Antarctica alo. So I knew I wanted to read it It s short adapted from a New Yorker article he had published in February 2018 I don t read much non fiction but I occasionally do read stories ike this about extraordinary feats of physical prowess that most people just think of as insane risk taking behavior Into the Wild Touching the Void Into Thin Air This is one of these books where a tough guy Henry Worsley who sees the Antarctic explorer Shackleton as his ife mentor in courage in the face of impossible physical and mental challenges and forges himself
into a kind of throwback to a generation of explorers Worsley who wasa kind of throwback to a generation of explorers Worsley who was relative of someone who made an expedition to Antarctica with Shackleton in 2009 makes the trek with two others who were relatives of Shackleton s crew They make it Then he decides to try it solo several years ater at the age of 55This is a fine short book featuring Grann s superb writing so if you might want to read about this but don t want to read a 500 page account this is the one for you With Michelin Green Guide Normandy lots of pics of Shackleton s trip and connections to Worsley s trips This is aink to the original New Yorker article is Worsley s final broadcast from Antarctica on his solo trip SPOILER ALERT 35 I have such a fascination with books set in places that are excessively cold and snow aden Not sure why that is especially since I don t really want to ive in these places and due to health reasons will probably never even get to visit I also find intriguing people who do dangerous and near impossible things I try to figure out the mindset of people who feel compelled to take these risks I m not very adventurous was so when I was younger but not to some extreme extentWorsley who idiolized Shackleton was a descendant of one of the men on his crew and was a British special Forces Officer With two other men also descendants of Shackletons crew set off to complete the journey in Antartica that Shackleton was unable to complete This mission would not be enough there would be another trip and then at the ast when Worsley attempts to walk across Antartica on a solo tripThe writing is very detailed the pictures aid the reader along with the descriptions to feel as if they were at ti For the ife of me I will never understand those people who are inclined to attempt what s never been done before even if it means putting their ives in danger Well I could understand if it was something fun But something ike trekking 1000 miles across the brutal continent of Antarctica alone Hell no I What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World ll stay home indoors sipping my tea or coffee and reading a good book thank you very much Not everyone isike me though and there are those intrepid explorers who are compelled to venture to places unknown putting themselves at great risk of injury or death in the process Henry Worsley was one of those people and The White Darkness is his story After a successful trek to the South Pole with others Henry decided to do what had never been done cross the vast and frigid expanse of Antarctica alone and without any assistance No one to talk to no food supplies dropped along the way no dogs to assist in pulling his sled No one to pull him out if he fell into a crevasse No one to share his experiences and offer mutual support The book details both of Worsley s trips to Antarctica and I was amazed especially by the solo trip The hardships Worsley endured the inner strength that propelled him on The book has breathtaking photographs interspersed throughout and these were jaw dropping and mesmerizing to see photographs of views most of us will never behold in personDid reading this inspire me to take on some hazardous goal Nope unh unh no way But I do have a better understanding of those who are willing to put themselves at great risk in order to do something none has done before I am eft in awe at what Worsley and those before him have done their remarkable feats of strength and their those before him have done their remarkable feats of strength and their to do what most of us would never even dream about And now back to my coffee and a new book curled up on the couch in my nice warm cosy apartment 45 stars rounded up This would have been an excellent book to read on January 1 reminding myself to pull up my bootstraps bombard the castle jump into oblivion Ain death and emerged as one of the greatest eaders in historyWorsley felt an overpowering connection to those expeditions He was related to one of Shackleton's men Frank Worsley and spent a fortune collecting artifacts from their epic treks across the continent He modeled his military command on Shackleton's egendary skills and was determined to measure his own powers of endurance against them He would succeed where Shackle. .