Icebound: The Jeannette Expedition's Quest for the North Pole
Trapped in the ice for two winters, the Jeannette eventually buckled under the crushing power of the pack and sank. Her crew escaped but was forced to haul eight tons of supplies and three boats over hundreds of miles of ice before reaching open water. A frigid, blizzard-churned sea claimed the men in one vessel. Those who reached land wandered across the vast wastelands of the Siberian tundra, some to safety, others to their deaths.
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Leonard F. Guttridge is drawn to exciting events. Too bad the aren't drawn to him. Guttridge has written books about two sad events of nineteenth century Arctic exploration, the Greeley expedition (The Ghosts of Cape Sabine) and the Jeannette expedition. Both were attempts to reach the North Pole, or at least explore northern latitudes; both involved problems with ships; both resulted in losses of many of the men on the expedition. Of his two books, this strikes me as the better one, perhaps because the story of the Jeannette is more coherent: The expedition was organized, it set out, the ship got trapped, the crew abandoned ship and split up, and some survived and others perished. There is more action, and the action has a direction. But I still found myself slightly lost as the narrative proceeded. The characters seemed ever so slightly unreal. This isn't really a complaint. This is a useful book showing the difficulties which nineteenth century explorers faced -- and the consequences of biting off more than they could chew. But I feel as if there is a truly great book about the Jeannette waiting to be written, and this isn't it.
Review: Icebound: the Jeannette Expedition's Quest for the North PoleUser Review - Goodreads
A good fact-filled read. Another artic expedition that ended in disaster. The politics in this one are interesting.
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