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The Home of the Blizzard: A True Story of Antarctic Survival

por Douglas Mawson

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The Home of the Blizzard is a tale of discovery and adventure, of pioneering deeds, great courage, heart-stopping rescues and heroic endurance. This is Mawson's own account of his years spent in Antarctica, travelling in sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds. At its heart is the epic journey of 1912-13, during which both his companions perished. Told in a laconic but gripping style, this is the classic account of the struggle for survival of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, a journey which mapped more of Antarctica than any expedition before or since.… (mais)
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I have been living under a rock. How did I miss the story of to recreate Mawson's journey?

Or his book?

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Or his
award-winning 90-minute documentary following the expedition that re-enacted the polar survival journey of Sir Douglas Mawson ?

This sensational headline from the time of Jarvis' trip says it all: "Accused of eating a team mate to survive, he's the polar hero history chose to forget. A century later, one remarkable man set out to prove Douglas Mawson was innocent ... "

Interestingly, it never even occured to me after reading his memoir that Mawson cannibalized his fellow climbers. I don't think I'd give a damn if I found out he did, and I don't suppose they would either, but Jarvis trip is a quite a homage to this great explorer and I can't wait to read more about Mawson and what it was like to walk in his footsteps! ( )
  nkmunn | Nov 17, 2018 |
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  Amante | Oct 22, 2014 |
This is a compelling story of endurance, courage and determination on the most inhospitable continent on earth. Mawson's recount tells of the wonder, excitement and horror of early Antarctic exploration in vivid detail; today's reader can only marvel at how these scientists were able to manage living conditions in such a hostile environment and to set the standard of scientific achievement for future expeditions.
The first part of the tale covers how in 1912 a team of 18 men set up a base and learned to manage living in almost continuous blizzard conditions and winds of unimaginable strength. With self-deprecating humour Mawson explains how the Hut was built, a formidable task in itself; how they cooked, cleaned and entertained themselves; what they wore to protect themselves against the bitter cold; how they took care of the sledge dogs; and - with a light touch for the general reader - how they undertook the job of gathering scientific and cartographic data. Using equipment and protective clothing that nearly a century later seems primitive, they were entirely self-sufficient - the ship Aurora having departed for its own perilous return journey through the icy waters to Hobart, Tasmania.
This section of the book is immensely readable, but it is the story of Mawson's epic sledge that is unputdownable. After the men had spent nearly a year in the Hut, in November the weather improved, and the men split up into small teams to explore the area further afield. Mawson, Mertz and Ninnis set out together, but only Mawson returned, having lost his companions in appalling circumstances. He tells the tragic story of their deaths and his journey back to the base so vividly that it is unforgettable.
In Adelaide, South Australia, the museum has a special permanent exhibition about Mawson, Australia's greatest polar explorer. Viewing the little wooden sledge that he used for his solo trek across the ice, brings into perspective the enormity of this man's battle against the elements. His refusal to give into despair is inspiring.
The book comes with photos, maps and diagrams, as well as supplementary narratives from the other men on the expedition. Highly recommended.
Cross posted on Good Reads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4440386.The_Home_of_the_Blizzard ( )
  anzlitlovers | Jan 2, 2010 |
death, madness, survival
  pouleroulante | Dec 31, 2005 |
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The chief object of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition was to investigate, as far as possible, the stretch of prospective but practically unknown Antarctic coast extending almost two thousand miles in an east and west direction, between the farthest west of the Terra Nova and the farthest east of the Gauss - a new sphere west of the region visited by Scott and Shackleton.
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There are three versions of this book, with various subtitles. The original, published in 2 volumes in 1915 by W. Heinemann, includes plates and folding maps and sells for hundreds of dollars. In 1930 an abridged version was published by Hodder & Stoughton, and was out of print for many years until it was republished by St. Martins in 1999. The most commonly available publication is that by Wakefield (1996). I am unclear whether the two abridgments are identical, although they are referred to separately in the literature. But the original should likely be considered a separate work.
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The Home of the Blizzard is a tale of discovery and adventure, of pioneering deeds, great courage, heart-stopping rescues and heroic endurance. This is Mawson's own account of his years spent in Antarctica, travelling in sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds. At its heart is the epic journey of 1912-13, during which both his companions perished. Told in a laconic but gripping style, this is the classic account of the struggle for survival of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, a journey which mapped more of Antarctica than any expedition before or since.

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