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Antarctica offered a year of unparalleled silence and solitude, with few distractions and a very little human history, but also a rare ...
Antarctica offered a year of unparalleled silence and solitude, with few distractions and a very little human history, but also a rare opportunity to live among emperor penguins, the only species truly at home in he Antarctic. Following Penguins throughout the year -- from a summer of perpetual sunshine to months of winter darkness -- Gavin Francis explores the world of great beauty conjured from the simplest of elements, the hardship of living at 50 c below zero and the unexpected comfort that the penguin community bring.
Empire Antarctica is the story of one man and his fascination with the world's loneliest continent, as well as the emperor penguins who weather the winter with him. Combining an evocative narrative with a sublime sensitivity to the natural world, this is travel writing at its very best
"A highly readable, enjoyable account of one man’s year serving as a doctor at Halley Research Station A keen observer of his surroundings, the author writes vividly of auroras, clouds, stars, sunlight, darkness, ice and snow A literate, stylish memoir of personal adventure rich in history, geography and science." —Kirkus
Posted November 22, 2013
This was a one day read and every moment was worth it. The author's writing style was easy reading and entertaining. One could feel the isolation, the beauty of a place most of us will never visit.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.