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A story that should be told. Perhaps better.,
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This review is from: The Lost Men: The Harrowing Story of Shackleton's Ross Sea Party (Paperback)
The fate of the Ross Sea Party is tragic and with men going for little reason except expected glory to put their lives on the line in such ghastly conditions and with inadequate preparation, a hardly seaworthy ship, incapable dogs, no proper boots, poor food, bad equipment and dreadful leadership this is an amazing and saddening story. A snow-blinded expert stumbles along leading a one-eyed fool and his basically dying mates to but out dumps of food and supplies for explorers who ironically will never be there to find it, and a leader who has (in modern parlance) conned them into being there. If you have read/seen about Sir Ernest Shackleton and been impressed, read this and you may think again! However, I have found it difficult to keep going with it. The detail is great but confusing; some maps are too small to be useful and some of the illustrations difficult to make out. Ms Tyler-Lewis's style is difficult to criticise - there is nothing wrong with it that I can explain. But I am struggling to carry on. Ah well, back to towing those sledges ...