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Mrs. Chippy's Last Expedition: The Remarkable Journey of Shackleton's Polar-bound Cat [Hardcover]

Caroline Alexander
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14 Nov 1997
Mrs Chippy sailed onboard Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance in 1914, patrolling the decks, keeping watch and mousing down below. This is her journal.

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  • Hardcover: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (14 Nov 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747535272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747535270
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 11.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Brave cat for brave men 5 Sep 2002
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A fellow cat-lover friend of mine gave me this book and I was truly hooked. If it weren't for the pictures and drawings, I would have continued to think it were a work of fiction: a cat on an expedition to Antarctica!!! Impossible!
C.Alexander's writing-style (from the P.O.V. of a cat) is a master-piece: she is a truly empathetic observer of cats and men and their inner mental workings. But what started out as a cute story about a cat and his crew, instead turned me on to read the "real" story as she has written in "The Endurance". I agree with the other reviewer in that you get to the end left hanging... but all the better to make you want to get your hands on her other book.
I was someone who would never have read an explorer's story ever, but this book worked its charm and has made me a convert to that noble genre.
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The book chronicles the life of the ship's cat (Mrs Chippy) aboard the Endurance, an expedition in 1914 to reach the South Pole. The expedition never achieved it's goal but has since become famous for being trapped in the ice floes for several months. The book takes the form of the diary kept by Mrs Chippy as she strived to maintain morale amongst the crew. One problem with the book is the unanswered question at the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Chippy's Voyage.... 23 April 2011
[[ASIN:0747538190 Mrs. Chippy's Last Expedition: The Remarkable Journal of Shackleton's Polar-Bound Cat] What a wonderful account this is. I love all aspects of it. Great reading for fans of Polar exploration, ships and cats! So perfect for me.
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