The White Darkness

The White Darkness

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Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed. He spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the nineteenth-century polar explorer, who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole, and later sought to cross Antarctica on foot. Shackleton never completed his journeys, but he repeatedly rescued his men from certain death, and emerged as one of the greatest leaders in history. Worsley felt an overpowering connection to those expeditions. He was related to one of Shackleton's men, Frank Worsley, and spent a fortune collecting artifacts from their epic treks across the continent. He modeled his military command on Shackleton's legendary skills and was determined to measure his own powers of endurance against them. He would succeed where Shackleton had failed, in the most brutal landscape in the world. In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton's crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion, and hidden crevasses. Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back. On November 13, 2015, at age 55, Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone. David Grann tells Worsley's remarkable story with the intensity and power that have led him to be called "simply the best narrative nonfiction writer working today." Illustrated with more than fifty stunning photographs from Worsley's and Shackleton's journeys, The White Darkness is a spellbinding story of courage, love, and a man pushing himself to the extremes of human capacity.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780385544573
Branch Call Number: 919.89 GRANN
Characteristics: 146 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 19 cm


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Feb 08, 2019

Quick easy reading with some great photos. Henry tried to be the first person to reach the south pole and later sought to cross Antarctica on foot alone.
This is his remarkable story.

Nov 11, 2018

I was out of things to read, so I thought I’d go to the library and look at the Peak Picks (the newer library books on display that are available to borrow for a shorter period of time (2 weeks)) and grabbed this book because it was very small (had no idea what it was about) it is about a British fellow who decided to retrace the Antarctic venture of Ernest Shackelton. Henry Worsely was an Army officer in Special Ops, so he was someone who had training (physical and mental) for such an adventure, but even idealistic ventures come with challenges. He found out that he had an ancestor who went on Shackleton’s Antarctic venture at the turn of the century and he found two other guys to venture out with him. They completed their adventure (I don’t remember reading about him in the newspaper) and he then decides to do the trip again on his own. Most of us remain sanely competent to read about such adventures and live vicariously through books and stories. I was freezing all day, so reading about the desolate White Darkness was a bit difficult but I was snug in bed. The author David Grann is a journalist who also wrote The Lost City of Z. He tells the story quickly (the book is only 146 pages with lots of photos) so it reads very fast. You come away thinking, what possessed the man? What compelled him exactly to attempt his second Antarctic trip alone? Great read if you need something short and interesting, but probably best saved for a nice hot day!

OPL_ErinD Sep 09, 2018

David Grann never disappoints. This, the story of man's persistent desire to explore and discover, kept me hooked until the very end.


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