Shackleton's Incredible Voyage ENDURANCE by Alfred Lansing

Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

Endurance by Alfred Lansing

In case you’re in the mood to be BLOWN AWAY…. GIRD YOUR SOUL in preparation for this tantalizing odyssey. 

In August of 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica in the hopes of crossing the LAST uncharted continent on foot. Five months later, after battling a thousand miles of pack ice- Shackleton and his crew are trapped. Their ship is slowly being crushed to death. They have no choice but to abandon it. What happens after this is nothing short of a miracle (well, more like a hundred miracles….)

The challenges these men endured (the ship was aptly named) are inconceivable: the physical demands on their bodies, food and water shortages, seal leopards, orcas, mental health, frost bite, the raging seas (SERIOUSLY RELENTLESS!!), cyclonic winds, ocean currents, THE DRAKE PASSAGE (I can’t even fathom…), emergency surgeries, IMPOSSIBLE decisions…. you will hold your breath and suffer through the entire book, but in the very BEST way. Once I finished it, I wandered aimlessly around my house trying to process it all….. 

So- in summary:

harrowing as hell- but totally worth it.

Add it to your TBR. Winky face.

"I have often marvelled at the thin line which separates success from failure."

-Ernest Shackleton


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