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Farthest North Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship 'Fram' 1893-1896 Vol. I

Farthest North Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship 'Fram' 1893-1896 Vol. I [Kindle Edition]

Fridtjof Nansen
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 286 pages
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  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars Start of a great voyage of polar exploration 1 Dec 2011
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This is the first of two volumes recording the voyage of Nansen's ship the Fram in the years 1893-96. It records the start of the expedition and the voyage round the North Cape of Norway and along the arctic coast of Siberia to the New Siberian Islands. Here the Fram was deliberately frozen into the pack ice and spent the next three years drifting westwards in the ice. This volume concludes at the end of the first year of that drift. It is a compelling read and the story of how the thirteen men on board spent their lives on a quite small ship with no means of communicating with the outside world, frozen in the pack ice in the twenty four hour darkness of a polar winter is fascinating and wholly absorbing.
I put four rather than five stars because the Amazon download does not include the illustrations from the original book, but if you want these, and they add significantly to the pleasure of reading the book, then you can download the text with images from Project Gutenberg to your computer and then send it to your Kindle as a personal document.
A highly recommended read; especially in the winter months!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Farthest North 15 Mar 2013
By Rik_uk3
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What can I say, its simply a stunning account survival. What is a little different about this and other 'survival' stories is that Nansen never saw himself as the heroic survivor type, just a man on expedition. As you read the book you'll come across parts that make you think "How did they survive"

What the team took in their stride and often without comment made me think that these men truly are a special breed.

Its a remarkable book and well worth taking the time to read from cover to cover.
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I had never heard of Nansen before a chance conversation prompted me to download this book. Nansen is a huge national hero in Norway but not so well known elsewhere.
He came up with the idea of building a boat which would survive being stuck in the polar ice and deliberately sailed with the intention of being locked into the ice, with the theory that the movement of the ice would carry them to the pole. The ship he built was used by Amundsen on his successful Antarctic journey.
This book contains much of Nansen's diaries from the time spent in the ice, some excellent photographs/illustrations.
He makes some fascinating observations on life in extreme conditions, but as the book consists of large sections recording precise geographical locations, interspersed with occasional polar bear encounters, it can be long winded at times; and this is only part 1 of 2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good read 3 Mar 2014
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This is a surprisingly good read. Nothing much happens in Volume 1 but Nansen besides being a great explorer and scientist was a thoughtful writer and even being stuck on a ship in the ice can be a fascinating experience. The original was apparently written in Norwegian and then translated into English but whoever translated it made a great job of it. I am looking forward to reading Volume II.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition lacks images 15 Oct 2013
By Claudio Monteiro de Almeida Angelo - Published on
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Nansen's book is a classic tale of polar exploration: not only it is a great story per se, but also incredibly well-written. The only downside of the public domain Kindle editon is the lack of pictures. One wishes to have a look at the Fram and Nansen's plates, but they just aren't there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Locked in the Arctic Ice, On Purpose (Nothing Happened) 21 Dec 2011
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Read how these guys deliberately got their ship stuck fast in Arctic ice, and then sat in it month after month hoping it would drift to the North Pole. Years of careful planning preceeded this expedition. The "Fram" was the sturdiest ship afloat since Noah's Ark, specially designed to withstand the enormous pressures of compacting ice, which would relentlessly crush ordinary wooden ships. Nansen calculated that the currents of the Polar Sea would eventually carry them to the vicinity of the pole, and supplied the "Fram" with enough provisions to last its crew of 13 for several years. This narrative describes, at length and in detail, the story of that drift. Months go by without much northward progress, and the author's mood swings between hope and depression. Meanwhile, there are encounters with polar bears, foxes, seals, walrus, and rare birds, all of which the adventurers try to kill. Terrible storms come and go, polar day gives way to polar night a couple times. The sled dogs have puppies, bite each other to death, and bark at the bears. Everyone stays safe and warm in the cozy little ship, with plenty of food and laughs. Nansen faithfully keeps up his diary. Nothing much happens. It just goes on and on. Eventually the explorer gets such a bad case of cabin fever that he decides to leave the ship, and, with one man and a team of dogs, strikes out across the ice in the direction of Santa's Workshop. Here Volume I abruptly ends.

Volume II promises to complete the story, and if I find time on my hands I might read it, but don't hold your breath. Since the story is an important part of the history of Arctic exploration, it's required reading for afficionados of that subject. If you want a fast-paced and exciting read, however, you can skip this one.
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