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By Sara Wheeler

It's the coldest, windiest, driest position on the earth, an icy wasteland of unearthly good looks and obdurate impenetrability. for hundreds of years, Antarctica has captured the mind's eye of our best scientists and explorers, lingering within the spirit lengthy after their go back. Shackleton known as it "the final nice journey"; for Apsley Cherry-Garrard it used to be the worst trip on the earth.

This is a ebook concerning the name of the wild and the reaction of the spirit to a rustic that exists possibly so much vividly within the brain. Sara Wheeler spent seven months in Antarctica, dwelling with its scientists and dreamers. No publication is truer to the spirit of that continent--beguiling, enchanted and massive past the furthest reaches of our mind's eye. selected by way of Beryl Bainbridge and John significant as the best books of the 12 months, urged through the editors of leisure Weekly and the Chicago Tribune, one of many Seattle Times's best ten trip books of the 12 months, Terra Incognita is a vintage of polar literature.

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