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3.0 out of 5 stars MISSED OPPORTUNITY, 3 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: With Scott in the Antarctic: Edward Wilson: Explorer, Naturalist, Artist (Paperback)
Scott's exporation of Antarctica and its tragic ending never fails to move me. They were all heroes but Edward Wilson (E.W.)shines out as exceptional; with 'Birdie' Bowers coming a close second. Such is my interest that I have read many books on Scott's expeditions, in particular those that focus on E.W. in an effort to get to know this exceptional man better. On receiving Isobel Williams book I read the 'Introduction' by Dr. Michael Stroud with excitement. He writes, "...but before I read this book, Wilson remained an enigma....He seemed a strange puzzle...I could not put these pieces together but Isobel Williams has let me do so." With Dr Stroud's pedigree I set off reading with interest expecting new knowledge and insight into E.W. I am sorry to say that in this context the book was a let down. If you have read Seavers work(s) on E.W. I believe it to be far more informative and interesting. At times I thought Isabel Williams was just writing another book on Scott's Antarctic exploration with the hook being E.W. I accept that on a couple of occasions new medical reasoning has been appied to unlock some of the myteries e.g. What was Edgar Evan's cause of death ?, but as regards E.W., well, to my mind, he deserved much much better. The book for me is sadly a missed opportunity on such a great and inspirational human being.
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