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Not a bibiliography or expedition description
on 25 March 2006
If you were expecting or looking for a description of the 1913 Australian Antarctic Expedition, you won't find find it in this book. Nor is it a biography of Mawson. There's little personal background, not a single map, very little in the way of references or information. I'm still not even sure if the degrees of temperature that are described are Fahrenheit or Centigrade; call me pedantic, but it makes a difference! It's nowhere near the quality of Roland Huntford's 'Shackleton', for example, which was the inspiration for wanting to know more about Mawson.
Once I'd realised that it wasn't the book I was hoping for, I found it an interesting attempt to look into Mawson's head, and at what goes on psychologically during a long expedition, and the effects of physical collapse on an exhausted person. But it's still a little too much conjecture and assumption for my liking. Mawson's own 'Home of the Blizzard' might give a more detailed picture of what happened.