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This story was really really interesting and the book was hard to put down.  I read in over two days just because I needed to know what happened next, even though I already was aware of the final outcome of the voyage.


I can't imagine going through anything that any of these men had to endure.  And they way the handled the whole ordeal was just amazing.  


They were fortunate though in that they had planned to be out for at least a year so food, tents, dogs and most other supplies were not an issue at first.


I have a strong interest in Antarctica and knew about Endurance because we learned about it briefly in high school. 


I'd recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the Endurance, Shackleton, explorers or Antarctica.  Or anyone who likes a good thriller even though this book is non-fiction is it great at keeping your attention and sort of reads like a thriller.

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This is one of the most stunning books that I've read in a long time.  I've read other books about brave and stoic people getting through horrifying and dangerous situations but this is in a different league entirely. The author writes in hs forward that he was able to talk to surviving members of the expedition (it was written in the late 50's) and several of them allowed him to read their diaries and quote from them which makes the narrative, an incredible one by any standards, feel intensely personal and immediate.


All I can say, is read it. It doesn't matter if you have absolutely no interest in Antarctic exploration (I don't particularly) if you have any interest in human beings, how they can rise to the occasion and do amazing things, not just in the spur of the moment but over months and in the most appalling conditions this can't fail to grab you.


Very highly reccommended.



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