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Two Against the Ice Paperback – 1 May 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Steerforth Press (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586420577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586420574
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,328,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Synopsis

A man devoted to Arctic exploration, Mikkelsen decided in 1910 to search for the diaries of the ill-fated Mylius-Erichsen expedition, which had set out to prove that Robert Peary's outline of the East Greenland coast was an erroneous, self-serving myth. Joined in Iceland by Iver Iversen, a mechanic who helped repair the expedition's boat, Mikkelsen embarked on a journey during which the pair would suffer every imaginable tribulation in the Arctic repertoire: intense cold, scurvy, starvation, frostbite, snow blindness, plunges into icy sea water, vitamin A poisoning, apocalyptic storms along with a host of other unfortunate incidents, including Mikkelsen's being eaten by a bear. After three years of this, without even the hope of being rescued, most people would lose their mind, yet the two retained both their sanity and their humour. Indeed what may have saved them was their refusal to succumb to the desolation around them.

About the Author

Born in 1880, EJNAR MIKKELSEN was a veteran of expeditions to Arctic Greenland, Siberia, and Alaska before directing the ill-fated Alabama expedition. Following that ordeal, Mikkelsen continued to visit a realm that, for him, was an earthly paradise. He returned to Greenland in 1925, and again in 1932 as leader of an expedition that explored the same stretch of inhospitable coast he’d seen twenty years earlier. In 1964 he made his last trip; by this time Greenlanders were addressing him affectionately as “Grandfather.” He died in 1971.


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Jewel
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent story that holds you in its grip
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5.0 out of 5 starsexploring without the hardships
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