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I hope you can ENDURE
this saga of men against the elements!
Have I mentioned my obsessions
with maps? This has some (I love 'em) of a
location many people are unfamiliar--The Antarctic.
Ernest Shackleton, a true leader in exploration and of men, sets out to
explore this vast icy land in 1914 on a ship called Endurance.
The exploration turned to bitter survival as the ship became
encased and eventually crushed by an iceberg.
A favorite part of this book is
when the men, waiting for rescue, are down to only 40 sugar cubes
per person. What a bleak outlook, yet they seem to enjoy
discussions in detail about food, past meals, future meals, census
of what each man would most desire to eat, etc. One gentleman
had a small recipe booklet. He would read a recipe each night.
"This would be discussed very seriously, and
alterations...suggested, and then they would turn into their bags to
dream of wonderful meals that they could never reach."
I loved to read about Mr. Wild, who
took over command when the rescue party departed. What a
positive, energetic and resourceful man. The pictures of him