Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica Epub à Terra

Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica Epub à Terra

Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica ➮ [Read] ➪ Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica By Sara Wheeler ➺ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk After writing two highly praised travel books Sara Wheeler was accepted by the American government to be the first foreigner on their National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists' and Writers Progr After writing two highly praised travel Travels in ePUB ´ books Sara Wheeler was accepted by the American government to be the first foreigner on their National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists' and Writers Program She spent seven months on the Terra Incognita: Epub / continent travelling from the fabled Ross Ice Shelf to the Pole itself the remoter reaches of the West Antarctic ice sheet and the balmy Antarctic PeninsulaTerra Incognita is a meditation on the landscape myths and history of Incognita: Travels in Epub Ú one of the remotest parts of the globe as well as an encounter with the international temporary residents of the region living in close confinement despite the surrounding acres of white space and the mechanics of day to day life in extraordinary conditions Through Sara Wheeler the Antarctic is revealed in all its seductive mystery.

10 thoughts on “Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica

  1. Simon Cleveland, PhD Simon Cleveland, PhD says:

    Once in a while a person accidentally stumbles on an especially annoying book One written particularly because a desperate publisher made a phone call or mailed a letter with a check to an author with the words It's time to write another one Shirley and the author hurled herself to write without a plan without ideas and the only thing that came out was a dull diary filled with self pity anti Americanism sexism and generally criticism Well this is one of those books and I truly feel sorry for the trees that have to die annually to satisfy the erroneous marketing projections of underpaid book editors in the current cost cutting environment especially after the advent of Print on Demand in order to deliver such hideous and mind numbing gems Yet I am also grateful I'm grateful for these sacrifices because they serve to carry a message to the reader which he or she can carry to you the broader audience That message is DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH THIS BOOK AND THIS AUTHOR In terms of content well there is no story here This is simply a tedious account of a lonely woman who spent someone else's money to visit Antarctica and record her daily experiences What kind of experiences you wonder? The kind that go like this we took off over the frozen sound toward the Transantarctics we could see individual birds waddling about with stones in their beaks Later that day we landed at the snout of the Mawson Glacier for a picnic so we all had our own few feet of privacy It was hot and dark inside and later we saw all their small yellow tents pitched in the distance and go on and on and on Occasionally the author makes references to Scott's Shackleton's and other expeditions but in no way enough to stir imagination or interest I doubt you'd learn anything new from this book If you are truly interested about Antarctica the history behind the conuests and a first person account of the harshness of the pole and its frozen lands check out Race to the Pole Tragedy Heroism and Scott's Antarctic uest by Ranulph Fiennes Yield to reason ignore this one

  2. Laurie Laurie says:

    I usually enjoy travel books written by women Antarctica is on my bucket list I ran hot and cold on this book I enjoyed the experiences she had with the interesting people and characters she met along the way than with the history lessons I understand the need to put some of what she saw in historic perspective It took me a long time to get through this book I think because I felt it would come to a screaming halt each time she gave one of her history lessons Don't get me wrong I find the history of the place interesting but it seemed to kill the flow of the story for me

  3. Paul Paul says:

    In her writing Wheeler has a knack for immersing herself in the places that she visits and teasing out the stories of the location and the people She has been appointed writer in residence in Antarctica and sets about visiting as many of the bases across the continent that she can Her easy going manner makes it easy for her to fit in with the predominately male staff She writes about the characters in each of the bases and the antics that they get up to and the way that they cope with the isolation and the climate As people become aware of her presence she get invitations to other bases She is put with the artist in residence and they are allowed to live a short way from the base to they can concentrate on their art and writing The book covers the history of the polar exploration there too and the narrative is woven with the places that Scott and Amundsen visited lived at and sadly perished at Wheelers descriptions of the glaciers and landscape are very evocative but do not hold back from the reality and brutality of the weather and the cold there It is a beautifully written book partly because it is one of the places that make her feel so alive and this glee comes across in the book and also that her observational writing is accurate and measured

  4. Alex Kurtagic Alex Kurtagic says:

    Writing a boring book about the most extreme environment on Earth is uite a feat but this author achieved the seemingly impossible I pushed through to the end but it felt like wading through mud The book is mostly about Wheeler's personal feelings and reflections about Antarctica during her seventh month visit to the continent and while she had read the literature of exploration she was not able to supply anything profound or remotely interesting; her literary style is pedestrian her insights superficial and the narrative stays strictly at the level of the banal and the mundane Much interesting is Miguel Serrano's La Antártica y otros Mitos which packs vastly in 18 of the wordcount

  5. Linda Linda says:

    Sara Wheeler's best work A well written soul stirring book that stays with you long after you read it

  6. Michael Huang Michael Huang says:

    I expect some well researched descriptions of the “terra Incognita” mixed with first hand living experiences Boy was I disappointed50% of the book is collection of insipid accounts of the author’s life spent in Antarctica she cooked this for the people in this camp and bought that in the airport of that trip Another 40% is some account of the people living there include diary excerpts from the like of Scott and Amundsen Even this is decidedly uninformative and positively uninteresting The little crumb of interesting information about the fascinating things in Antarctica is just too diluted to be worth trudging through the rest Stick with Gabrielle Walker’s “Antarctica”

  7. Lynne Lynne says:

    This book is an odd mix of a description of everyday life on the Antarctic stations and a disjointed history of polar exploration There are interesting parts but I think that there are better books that cover the same subjects separately

  8. Igor Jellema Igor Jellema says:

    Very well written feels like i was there on all these research stations and in good and bad weather on the ice

  9. Lynn Raye Harris Lynn Raye Harris says:

    Great travelogue

  10. Lee Lee says:

    Wheeler tells her story as an artistwriter in Antarctica It's cold Wheeler is fairly funny She sees lots interweaving the history of the continent into her story There are lots of dick jokes As a travelogue in a strange land it checks all the boxes But I have had better At a certain point the story she has a bout the dick joke told in the canteen in the American's base begins to blur together with the dick jokes in the Italian base the New Zealanders base and the other American base In some ways the narrative begins to resemble the pale changeless white landscape of the Antarctica that she is discussing I would have given the book three stars in bed but the end where she travels back to Antarctica to spend part of the winter there saves it For a brief period she and another female artist live in a tent on the edge of the continent alone The two of them write and do their art all why just trying to keep warm in this tent on the ice This meditative section has beautiful descriptions of the stark beauty of the continent the travails of just trying to stay alive and the world inside yourself that the continent forces you to live in This is the best part of the book Not surprisingly there are no dick jokes in this section with two women living alone and trying to stay alive That is not to knock all dick jokes but if even I was getting tired of themThis book would have been better if the story had a little bit of the contemplative parts and then chainsawed a third of her adventures bouncing around from base to base sampling the smorgusboard of dick jokes of the scientists of each country offered Unfortunately this was an editor who believed like so many of the male scientists in the bases Wheeler visited bigger is better Still I can generally recommend this book for a uick fling but it is not really long term reading material

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