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A to Z Blog Challenge … Letter E


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This is a book review of the book “Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage” by Alfred Lansing.

Do you enjoy reading true stories about people who have overcome tremendous obstacles just to survive? This story , as it’s title says, is incredible. It was published in 1959.

It is the true story of the Antarctic expedition taken on by Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew, in 1914, on the ship Endurance. Shackleton was an explorer, and this time he set out to cross the Antarctic. They were almost to the end of their journey, when the pack ice in the sea closed in on the ship, rendering it immobile. They were stuck, with only ice surrounding them. They were stranded there for over a year.

The book describes, in white knuckle imagery, the struggles and hardships encountered by the men on board. There are pictures and maps, and most details were taken from the diarys the men kept, of this harrowing time in their lives. The author writes in a way that makes you feel you are right there with them.

Another, more recent book, written on this subject, is by Caroline Alexander, “Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition” (1998). There are even more pictures in this book.

I read this book, the first time, when I was in the 5th grade. I remember being enthralled at how awful it must have been. I could hardly put the book down, even reading while eating meals, and neglecting my homework.

I believe this one book got me started on reading other true stories of people surviving incredible odds…from plane crashes, mountain climbing expeditions, desert and jungle adventures. It has stayed in my mind all these years.

Now that I think about it, it was a bit prophetic that these men had to endure so much on a ship named Endurance.

You can find these books on Amazon.

Thank you for reading!