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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 review is from: Farthest North Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship 'Fram' 1893-1896 Vol. I (Kindle Edition)
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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