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Book Title: The Antarctic: An Anthology|
The author of the book: Francis Spufford
ISBN 13: 9781847080288
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 469 KB
Edition: Granta Books (UK)
Date of issue: October 6th 2008
Read full description of the books The Antarctic: An Anthology:Antarctic, the wildest place on Earth. When I think about it what comes to my mind is undisturbed nature, mystery, incredible cold and adventure. And this book brings all of it and a little bit more.
This is an amazing collection from various authors. This are writings talking about Antarctic starting from the times over hundred years ago when people were just beginning to discover it until our days when people research with modern equipment and even can go there as tourists. Those are all different experiences from people with different interests and attitude and combined they give us a very complex and complete picture of Antarctica. An amazing selection indeed.
There are a couple of fiction works, both sci fi, which is a great genre for this scenery. The rest are all non fiction. It is amazing to read about people sharing their experiences. Their diaries of times they were discovering this continent are so vivid. I can see it and I can feel it. Even though all those men were very courageous I personally feel a desperation when reading it and picturing myself in their place. I love reading the books about this continent, but it is unthinkable for me to spend months outside there, sleeping in a tent, fight through the blizzards, being frost bitten and never have really warm feet. This book is the closest I will ever come to living this adventures and it did an excellent job.
Read information about the authorSpufford began as a writer of non-fiction, though always with a strong element of story-telling. Among his early books are I May Be Some Time, The Child That Books Built, and Backroom Boys. He has also edited two volumes of polar literature. But beginning in 2010 with Red Plenty, which explored the Soviet Union around the time of Sputnik using a mixture of fiction and history, he has been drawing steadily closer and closer to writing novels, and after a slight detour into religious controversy with Unapologetic, arrived definitely at fiction in 2016 with Golden Hill. He has been long listed or shortlisted for prizes for writing about history, science, politics, theology and 'the spirit of place'. Spufford studied English at Cambridge University. He was a Royal Literary Fund fellow at Anglia Ruskin University from 2005 to 2007, and since 2008 has taught at Goldsmiths College in London on the MA in Creative and Life Writing there.
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