Yikes. I’ll admit that going into this book I had a couple of concerns:
Didn’t Shackleton die on one of these voyages? Was this the one?
70 dogs on board? I’m feeling worried for them.
1 cat? That doesn’t sound good, it is too cold for cats.
I think my knowledge of historical explorations needs expanding.
This is my favorite type of nonfiction book as it reads like a novel and since I woefully lack in historical knowledge on this front, it proved to be a page turner for me. I was only going to start it before bed and ended up staying up late to read the entire book.
As it turns out, this was his third expedition, and the Endurance ends up getting locked up in the ice. The men have to abandon ship and go a pretty long way on the ice before being able to get their lifeboats into open water. It had me on the edge of my seat.
Goodreads tells me that there are two other books in this series and I’ll be adding them to our TBR lists here at home.
Overall a thumbs up, lots of detail where there should be and the sad kind of parts are treated as the matter of fact survival situation that these men were in.
Lost in the Antarctic by Tod Olson
January 1, 2019