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Wegener's Jigsaw Hardcover – 17 Mar 2003
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Scrupulously researched and intensely imagined...It is an ambitious undertaking - beautifully, sinuously written...an outstanding delight (Scotland on Sunday)
A beautiful first person narrative of this passionate man's life (The Times)
Compelling ... a splendid depiction of a time, not so long ago, when science could still cost you your life. (Jon Turney, Independent)
Mesmerisingly beautiful (Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller)
A fascinating thriller. (Sunday Business Post)
The author's beautiful descriptive narrative relives Wegener's life in a tale of obsession and endurance...this is a gripping tale compellingly told, a jigsaw that's a pleasure to read. (The Chester Chronicle)
Crisp, poetic prose (Observer)
An exquisitely written novel based on the life and tragic death of a man who changed the way we understand the world. Winner of a prestigious Arts Council Award, it is destined to become a modern classic.See all Product description
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I enjoyed the way the book was written-a personal narrative, very convincingly done, as though Wegener himself is relating his thoughts and feelings to you.
And I enjoyed learning about a part of the world of which I knew nothing. As a result I am adding to my own jigsaw of knowledge by reading further accounts of polar explorations!
There is great attention to detail in the sections on the explorations of Greenland-you feel that you can appreciate the scale of daring, determination and heroism by such pioneers as Wegener.
You also feel that you are party to these expeditions-what supplies had to be taken, how you would negotiate with the local Inuit to help you transport them, how you would survive in polar conditions(I hadn't expected infestation by fleas to be a problem in the arctic regions!).
There is a subtle pathos that you, the reader, feels knowing the outcome of the story-and the eventual outcome that will prove Wegener's fantastic and (at the time)unbelievable theories to be right.
A wonderful read-very unusual and very rewarding!
Normally, I prefer to read nonfiction books about scientists but in this case Ms. Dudman's imaginative, sensitive writing makes the novelistic journey to understanding Wegener a rewarding one.
Today, German meteorologist Alfred Wegener is best known for putting together the first well documented hypothesis about continental drift. But even in that context he is not well known. His ideas were widely derided during his life by geologists who disliked his poaching into their territory without academic credentials. As a result, memories of him and his work had largely died out by the time that continental drift was proven in the 1960s through the use of research methods unavailable during Wegener's life.
But Wegener was a man of many modes. As a young man, he and his brother established a duration record for balloon flight, and he participated in three scientific studies in Greenland . . . heading the last one at age 49. He also made scientific contributions to our understanding of how rain is formed and that meteorites helped produce many of the craters on the moon.
I decided to read the book because I wanted to know more about his role in the continental drift hypothesis. That aspect of the book receives relatively little attention, and I came away little more informed than I was when I began except to know more about what his critics had to say at the time. I graded the book down by one star for its lack of emphasis in this area.
What I found surprising and exciting was that Wegener was such an intrepid and successful Artic explorer. The parts about him in Greenland are very well done. If you want to read a book with that kind of orientation, I can strongly recommend this one. It will be a five star effort for you.
After the preface, the book gets off to a slow start in describing his early years. Be patient though. By page 52, the book begins to hit its pace. By page 71, you will find yourself engrossed in a way that will continue to the end.
Where can curiosity take you? What have you noticed that speaks to you . . . that no one else understands? How can you explain what it means so that others will see what you see?