- 出版社: Chatto & Windus (2012年12月17日)
- 精装: 288页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0701186895
- 条形码: 9780701186890
- 商品尺寸: 16 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
- ASIN: 0701186895
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Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins (英语)
"A finely written account of an extreme experience of the Antarctic, worthy to stand beside some of the great travel narratives in the English language." (RSL Ondaatje Prize Judges)
"Empire Antarctica is the embodiment of everything I admire in travel writing -- a great journey, intense isolation, wide reading, vivid writing, scientific research, and something in the nature of an old-fashioned ordeal. That Gavin Francis is a medical doctor, with an important role to play in the darkness and cold at the ends of the earth, is a bonus. I loved this book." (Paul Theroux)
"One of the best travel titles I have read in a long time. Thoughtful, lyrical, extremely well written, it's a triumph." (Giles Foden Conde Nast Traveller)
"A beautiful, profound and highly readable account of a remarkable personal adventure. Francis's pacing is deft, his prose vivid, his research worn lightly. This is probably as close as most of us will ever get to experiencing a modern polar winter. Empire Antarctica is surely destined to become a standard, not so much of travel as of staying very still." (Ed O'Loughlin Daily Telegraph)
"Francis' best writing (and it is excellent)... is Robert Macfarlane on ice. This writing achieves the 'quilted quality' of silence, and through it we are brought to a new landscape of words." (Katherine MacInnes Literary Review)
GAVIN FRANCIS has lectured at the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge, the Edinburgh Book Festival, and is a regular speaker at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. His first book was True North ("A seriously accomplished first book, by a versatile and interesting writer... it is set apart from run-of-the-mill by the elegance and grace of its prose, and by its abiding interest in landscapes of the mind." --Robert MacFarlane).
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But there are better written, and more interesting, books about challenges to Mother Nature. "Endurance" describes the horrors of a wooden ship being crushed in Antarctic ice, well before radio communication allowed its hapless crew to summon a helicopter for their rescue. "Undaunted Courage," the incredible tale of the Lewis and Clark expedition of over 7,000 miles from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River and back, subsisting, for the most part, on what animals they could kill, or plants they could forage. Perhaps more interesting books because the adventurers had a purpose in mind other than making their own souls feel better. Momentarily.
This book has been shortlisted for the Book of the Year award in Scotland and deservedly so. I highly recommend it.