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Poetical prose- heroic adventure.,
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This review is from: Alone in Antarctica (Paperback)
Felicity Aston is an understated heroine. Unlike some of her male counterparts she tells the story of her solo crossing of the Antartic on skis with emotion and vivid descriptions of the landscape we lesser mortals will never see . It is a story in which the small details of existence can become life threatening dramas. An example was the malfunction of her lighters at 4000 metres in the subzero temperatures, how she managed to heat her food is revealed and how chance had played its part . Her matter of fact description of the mistake she made laundering her underwear; the significant problem that a poorly aligned ski strap caused her;the need to tether her tent to prevent it blowing away in the high winds that we can't imagine. But what comes through is the experience of isolation, alone-ness, far from civilisation and the lack of possibility of timely rescue. She describes herself talking to the sun, being pursued by imagined bald men- dwarf like figures - a product of the sensory deprivation of an unchanging and featureless landscape. She tells why she is there attempting this first single transcontinental Antarctic expedition. It comes down to finding her own limits. Her story alone would be enough to satisfy most readers but her use of language is erudite and poetic. I wondered at the scenes she was describing and empathised with her . I cried when she cried too! Well done Felicity!