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Overview This thought-provoking examination of the most influential and popular accounts of polar exploration--from Viking settlers and Renaissance conquerors to expeditions led by such famous explorers as Ernest Shackleton, Richard Byrd, Robert Falcon Scott, and Roald Amundsen--emphasizes themes of endurance, greed, obsession, and self-sacrifice. A compelling account of our fascination with polar explorers and their writings, The Frozen Ship also includes descriptions of indigenous communities, forgotten stories of women at the poles, and purely imaginary approaches to polar travel such as Frankenstein and Winnie the Pooh.
This thought-provoking examination of the most influential and popular accounts of polar exploration—from Viking settlers and Renaissance conquerors to expeditions led by such famous explorers as Ernest Shackleton, Richard Byrd, and Roald Amundsen—emphasizes themes of endurance, greed, obsession, and self-sacrifice in tales that have captured the popular imagination for centuries. The stories that consider the life-threatening risks of polar exploration, the enduring appeal of romanticized frozen landscapes, and issues of national identity that are linked with exploration, also include descriptions of indigenous communities, forgotten stories of women at the poles, Robert Falcon Scott's meticulous account of his own dying, and purely imaginary approaches to polar travel such as Frankenstein and Winnie the Pooh.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2009
ISBN 1933346035 ISBN13 9781933346038
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More About Sarah Moss
<div><b>Sarah Moss</b> is a lecturer in American and English literature at the University of Kent and holds a PhD from Oxford. </div>
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A big disappointment Oct 1, 2007
As an avid fan of Arctic and Antarctic exploration, I looked forward to reading this book, pretty much based upon it's title. What a disappointment!!! The author admits having never visited either the Arctic or Antarctic which immediately makes me question her passion for this topic. Her accounts are fragmented, dis-jointed and meaningless. I got the impression that she thought most of these explorters were poorly prepared macho men who just wanted to prove their manhood and toughness. She also injects some stories of women in the arctic, but again, poorly chosen subjects who do not project what these remote areas are all about. Then, she goes into poetry, childrens fiction, Ice Maidens and Snow Queens. To end things, she blames global warming on Arctic oil drilling and the Bush Administration. This is a real waste of time. If you want to learn about Polar Exploration my advice is to avoid this mis-named book, The Frozen Ship.
A FIRST-CLASS TRIP FOR THE ARM-CHAIR EXPLORER! Oct 25, 2006
Wow. I really liked this book.
I have a nearly bottomless appetite for tales of polar exploration and adventure on the high seas. And the worse an expedition goes, the more fascinating reading it is.
That's why this book is so great. Sarah Moss undertakes a literary overview of the last 1,000 years of polar exploration (No kidding, going back way past the middle ages, even!), covering a huge range of writings about various expeditions, arctic and antarctic, successful and unsuccessful. Reading this book, I got a full sense of the technical difficulties (and foolhardy personalities) behind these often quixotic journeys.
Well-organized and exceptionally well-researched, this was probably the most entertaining book I have read about trips to earth's most desolate regions, and I've read quite a few.
The only sections I didn't care for were the small ones about poetry and fiction based on real arctic explorations, but even these sections held some real nuggets, like the part about "Frankenstein". These sections constitute only a tiny section of the book, and I feel bad for even complaining, as the book is such a great overall read.
I should also note that since this book covers and talks about so many other books about polar exploration, it serves as a great guide for the whole genre. After reading this book, I immediately ordered another book mentionned in this book.
A skillfully researched and smoothly presented chronicle of man versus nature throughout the centuries Sep 11, 2006
Sarah Moss (Lecturer in American and English literature) presents The Frozen Ship: The Histories and Tales of Polar Exploration presents true stories of Arctic and Antarctic voyagers who dared to make dangerous and often fatal journeys to the icebound poles. Chronicling explorers, missionaries, and archaeologists ranging from Viking settlers and Renaissance conquerors to modern-day scientists, The Frozen Ship also reflects upon morbid global cultural fascination with expeditions that went horribly wrong, and the powerfully romanticized appeal of the frozen polar landscapes and the drive to plant flags in ice. A skillfully researched and smoothly presented chronicle of man versus nature throughout the centuries.