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Friday, February 15, 2019

Book Review: The White Darkness by David Grann

This is Into Thin Air crossed with Endurance. It is short (I think it was originally published in The New Yorker) but I really appreciated that it wasn't chock full of filler. It was exactly long as it needed to be and no longer, which was perfect.

Henry Worsley idealized Ernest Shackleton all his life. It was great when he was in the military, but otherwise, it was mostly just a fun quirk. Until he decided to recreate Shackleton's infamous attempt to get to the South Pole. And then emulate his attempt to fully cross the Antarctic continent. It's riveting and harrowing. And I'm not going to give away the ending. But it's great.

Here is Henry's favorite Shackleton quote: "better a live donkey than a dead lion." Good advice.

I downloaded this audiobook from my local library via Libby/Overdrive.

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