I need to read the book, it’s all anyone talks about in the comments.

Though I have not yet become the sort of History Dad who has devoured every single book and article ever written about Shackleton’s expedition, it is a story that has fascinated me ever since I first learned about it in grade school. Beyond the gory details about frostbite and shifting ice floes and starvation, what has always stuck with me is the supreme sense of alienation that the story first filled me with. The year 1915 wasn’t that long ago, geologically speaking, and yet to read about what Shackleton and his men experienced is to be confronted with the inconceivable. It gets how cold in Antarctica? Those guys walked how many miles? Pack ice can do what to a ship? I am able to imagine exploring the arctic in the early 20th century no easier than I can imagine exploring Mars today, the only difference being that real human beings actually did the former. The courage (lunacy?) it must have required to journey into such a brutal unknown is something none of us will likely ever be able to understand.

– Tom Ley

8 Replies to “Endurance”

  1. Endurance indeed! I’d heard it was well-preserved but had no idea it looked this good.

    I’m currently reading an oral history of the making of Mad Max: Fury Road and John Darnielle’s latest, Devil House. Next up, Odenkirk’s new memoir. THEN this. What’s the book called?

  2. I have spare time this week, so I dove in. I’m about five chapters in. Very well done so far, I highly recommend it.

  3. Excellent. I just ordered it.

    Reading a book is going to cut into the time I usually devote to ill-advised youtube adventures.

      1. My only caveat is that, like me, you might feel like a complete wuss. I would not have survived day one of their ordeal.

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