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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Endurance by Alfred Lansing. The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age.
In August , polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed The harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's attempt to reach the South Pole, one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age.
When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over miles of the South Atlantic's heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization. In Endurance , the definitive account of Ernest Shackleton's fateful trip, Alfred Lansing brilliantly narrates the harrowing and miraculous voyage that has defined heroism for the modern age.
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Is it more then just we climbed the mountain because it was there? What is the challenge for us mortals in the 21st century? Lo The famous Mallory quote you're referencing was a joke.
The real reasons for people doing the unfathomable are almost always impossible to explain in …more The famous Mallory quote you're referencing was a joke.
The real reasons for people doing the unfathomable are almost always impossible to explain in a trite interview format, to a person who inherently doesn't get that drive because they don't possess it themselves.
His actual reason for his completely irrational attempts at Everest is perhaps better revealed by another quote of his, "Have we vanquished an enemy? None but ourselves. It's totally fair to not want to partake of that kind of story, but it's not accurate to presume that anyone just climbs a huge mountain or journeys to a hostile, frozen wasteland because they have nothing to do. As for what challenges are available to us in the modern age, I'd hazard that there are more than there used to be.
It's true that there aren't the same large physical frontiers, and it's increasingly hard to do something that hasn't been done before, or be the most superlative at anything in a world with billions of humans.
But the increased complexity of our society affords nearly infinite possibilities to those who want to be bold, to live authentically, to pursue new horizons, etc. Whether there's any point to all that is as dubious as it's ever been, but the history of humanity's progress has never made much room for asking "why? Why should I read this book instead of Shackleton's own account? Alexander McAuliffe According to the author of the introduction to my edition of Endurance Nathaniel Philbrick , Shackleton's account was ghost-written and is full of mo …more According to the author of the introduction to my edition of Endurance Nathaniel Philbrick , Shackleton's account was ghost-written and is full of more flowery Edwardian language than survival skill and leadership on display here.
See 2 questions about Endurance…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. May 30, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , survival , audiobook , biographies , , ebooks.
Stranded for over a year in the most inhospitable climate on the face of the Earth , literally one tiny step away from complete disaster due to starvation , extreme weather or the ice flows on which they lived deciding to crack and deposit into the freezing depths below. Holy persevering manliness Batman, I Behold Holy persevering manliness Batman, I was wincing, shuddering and cringing just reading about this ordeal from the creaturey comfort of my toasty, warm bed while maintaining a glass of wine within reaching distance.
This is one of the stories that will reset your perspective on what the human animal is capable of and I highly recommend you avail yourself of the opportunity to reboot your mind-set. It will make your daily grind seem like a daily paradise. Not trying to be overly graphic here, but can you imagine the soreness and chafing that this led to in a part of the body that does not abide chafing.
Add to that the diet that these men had to endure and the increased strain it placed on the bowels and my privileged mind was aching with imagined pain. I had never heard of this before but this is a condition whereby normal people go bat-shitty bonkers when exposed to constant severe winds that simply Leave it to Mother Nature to come up with this unusual form of torture At one point, a group of men with Shackleton survived for over 3 full days without sleep.
I may not sleep as much as most people, but you take away my shut eye for 24 hours and I'm apt to go on a 3 state killing-spree. At most, these guys got a bit cranky. The only diet these men had for over a year consisted of penguins, one sea leopard and, eventually, their own dogs. This last part was incredibly moving because the men, for all of their hunger, were reluctant to resort to these brave animals that had been their stout companions throughout the ordeal.
In the end, they did what they had to and the animal lover in me had zero issue with it. Respectful, sad and necessary. Nuff said I think except for the almost preternatural courage and good humor with which the enterprise was conducted. These were a group of rare individuals. He tells the story without hyperbole or excess melodrama and lets the reality of the tale provide all of the drama and tension.
It is more than enough to keep you white-knuckled and awed. The journal entries and notes from the men involved, to which Lansing had unprecedented access, provide essential flavor to the story and increase the sense of intimacy.
Throughout the hellish ordeal endured by these men, the two things that struck me more than anything else were: 1 the unfailing sense of good will and camaraderie that persisted between the men and 2 that NO ONE DIED.
A truly inspirational saga of men prevailing over seemingly impossible odds and nightmarish conditions and making this sacrifice at the alter of the human need for exploration and the conquering of the unknown.
View all 72 comments. Apr 30, karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: thanks-for-prezzies , nonfictions. View all 65 comments. Lindsey Thompson This was such a great review. Carol Rogers You are right. This is manhood, and sadly the modern day males don't understand the difference. May 30, AM. Dec 13, Dem rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , favorites , maritine-disasters.
A captivating and inspiring tale of exploration, human endurance and survival. In Sir Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men set sail for the South Atlantic on board a ship called the Endurance. The expedition was to cross the Antarctic overland. In October of the ship became trapped and crushed in Ice and the crew now half a continent away from their intended base became castaways in one of the most hostile regions in the world.
I have had this book on my TBR list for quite awhile and A captivating and inspiring tale of exploration, human endurance and survival. I have had this book on my TBR list for quite awhile and am so glad I finally got around to reading it. I knew a little about the expedition due to the fact that one of the Crew members was an Irish Man called Tom Creen and I would have heard stories of his expeditions down the years but never actually read a book. This is a slow burner of a read but at the same time compelling and intense.
What amazing courage and stamina these men had, they must have had nerves and bodies of steel and withstand so much. Extremely well written and while not an easy read it certainly had me on the edge of my seat.
I listened to his one on audible and the narrator Simon Prebble was excellent, although I cant help wondering if I missed photos, maps etc in the printed copy which I always find adds so much to a book. However there is an amazing documentary filmed and photographed by one of the crew on You Tube which I have linked below. View all 20 comments. There aren't many true-life tales that live up to the hype.
There are always some details that make the story just a little less dramatic than in the made-for-TV movie. Not this time.
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Shackleton's attempted transversal of the South Pole is without doubt the greatest feat of polar expedition, even though he never touched the Antarctic shore. Lansing's account comes from the golden age of travel writing, the late s. The combination is irresistible. I very much enjoy non-fiction books whose focus is on exploration. One of the most fascinating topics within this genre involves polar exploration.