End of the Earth: Voyaging to Antarctica

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National Geographic Society, Sep 1, 2003 - Nature - 242 pages
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Brilliantly attuned to the transience of nature and painfully aware of the precariousness of a polar environment facing global warming, Peter Matthiessen provides an exquisite account of his voyage through the islands surrounding Antarctica. In lyrical prose, Matthiessen describes the wildlife he encounters and the region it inhabits, along with historical information regarding the greatest pioneers and adventurers who preceded him.

Matthiessen brings to life the waters of the richest whale feeding grounds in the world; the wandering albatross with its 11-foot wingspan arching through the sky; and the habits of every variety of seal, walrus, petrel, and penguin in the area, all with a boundless and contagious inquisitiveness. In addition to offering an unequaled naturalistís perspective, Matthiessenís story takes an unforeseen adventurous turn as he and the crew of the 384-foot research vessel are bombarded for two days by an unrelenting hurricane, injuring everyone on board. Magnificently written, End of the Earth evokes an appreciation and sympathy for a region as harsh as it is beautiful.

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User Review  - David Ward - Goodreads

End of the Earth: Voyage to Antarctica by Peter Matthiessen (National Geographic Society 2004) (508.989). Peter Matthiessen and National Geographic literally trek to the end of the earth on the ultimate wildlife safari. My rating: 7/10, finished 2005. Read full review

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User Review  - Iano - Goodreads

Recounts some trips Mattheissen made while working as a wildlife guide on an antarctic cruise ship. A lovely read. Not as philosophical as The Snow Leopard (the only other book of his that I've read ... Read full review



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Nature writer and novelist Peter Matthiessen was born in New York City on May 22, 1927. He graduated from Yale University in 1950. He worked as a commercial fisherman and the captain of a charter fishing boat and made several scientific expeditions to Alaska, Peru and New Guinea. He and Harold L. Humes founded the Paris Review, and Matthiessen was its first fiction editor. Matthiessen's nature books include "Wildlife in America," "The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness" and "Under the Mountain Wall." His fiction includes "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," which was made into a movie starring Tom Berenger and was nominated for the National Book Award. Matthiessen's other awards include the John Burroughs Medal and the African Wildlife Leadership Foundation Award.

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