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I really can't recommend `Dangerous Work' too highly,
This review is from: Dangerous Work: Diary of an Arctic Adventure (Hardcover)
The most important of the many books recently sent me for review is certainly the long-awaited `"Dangerous Work": Diary of an Arctic Adventure' by Arthur Conan Doyle. The `adventure', of course, is Conan Doyle's six-month voyage as ship's surgeon on the Peterhead whaling ship Hope, and the contrast with 'The Narrative of John Smith', also edited by Jon Lellenberg & Daniel Stashower, could hardly be greater. `Dangerous Work' is a quite magnificent production, with the young medical student's journal reproduced page by page in full colour, the handwriting assured and clear throughout, and the drawings indicating that he might, had he dedicated himself to it, have made a name for himself as an illustrator, like his uncle and his grandfather. Following the facsimile is a transcript of the text, with annotations that genuinely enhance our appreciation of Conan Doyle's fascinating first-hand account of a dangerous, courageous and by then dying trade. This big beautiful volume concludes with four later works that were inspired by the author's experiences in the frozen ocean: two articles, `The Glamour of the Arctic' and `Life on a Greenland Whaler', an outstanding ghost story, `The Captain of the Pole Star', and a tale that needs no introduction, `The Adventure of Black Peter'. I really can't recommend `Dangerous Work' too highly.
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Initial post: 2 Dec 2012 13:53:21 GMT
George Stevenson says:
A very percipient review which should tempt any reader to buy this book, even though Doyle's daughter Jean said her father was 'a bad painter'!
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