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Stimulating first hand account of a famous boat journey,
By A Customer
This review is from: Shackleton's Boat Journey (Paperback)There have been a great deal of books written about the exploits of Earnest Shackleton and in particular his now famous boat journey across stormy waters of the South Pacific Ocean. This book is of particular interest as it was written by one of the protagonists of the adventure, Frank Worsley. Written in a simple and workmanlike style it faithfully recounts the events of the great sea journey and the subsequent walk over the mountains of South Georgia to final rescue.
The book offers little insight in to the minds and personalities of the author or his comrades during the journey. Likewise comments about Shackleton, though written with obvious respect, are rather guarded. There are one or two tantalising hints that they did not always see eye to eye but these are never explored.
The book is not without a certain charm however - Worsley keeps the narrative flowing along briskly and the reader does gain an understanding of the great challenges and hazards the men in their little boat faced.
This is a book that will appeal more to fans of this genre than the general reader.