One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. This is a surprisingly good read. Nothing much happens in Volume 1 but Nansen besides being a great explorer and scientist was a thoughtful writer and even being stuck on a ship in the ice can be a fascinating experience. The original was apparently written in Norwegian and then translated into English but whoever translated it made a great job of it.
I am looking forward to reading Volume II. Claudio Monteiro de Almeida Angelo. Nansen's book is a classic tale of polar exploration: The only downside of the public domain Kindle editon is the lack of pictures. One wishes to have a look at the Fram and Nansen's plates, but they just aren't there. If Arctic exploration is your interest, this book adds to the adventure and understanding of the hardships and personal rewards of human exploration. Do not miss out on this well written and exciting narrative.
One person found this helpful. Read how these guys deliberately got their ship stuck fast in Arctic ice, and then sat in it month after month hoping it would drift to the North Pole.
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Years of careful planning preceeded this expedition. The "Fram" was the sturdiest ship afloat since Noah's Ark, specially designed to withstand the enormous pressures of compacting ice, which would relentlessly crush ordinary wooden ships. Nansen calculated that the currents of the Polar Sea would eventually carry them to the vicinity of the pole, and supplied the "Fram" with enough provisions to last its crew of 13 for several years. This narrative describes, at length and in detail, the story of that drift.
Months go by without much northward progress, and the author's mood swings between hope and depression. Meanwhile, there are encounters with polar bears, foxes, seals, walrus, and rare birds, all of which the adventurers try to kill.
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Terrible storms come and go, polar day gives way to polar night a couple times. The sled dogs have puppies, bite each other to death, and bark at the bears. Everyone stays safe and warm in the cozy little ship, with plenty of food and laughs. Nansen faithfully keeps up his diary. It just goes on and on. Eventually the explorer gets such a bad case of cabin fever that he decides to leave the ship, and, with one man and a team of dogs, strikes out across the ice in the direction of Santa's Workshop.
Here Volume I abruptly ends. Volume II promises to complete the story, and if I find time on my hands I might read it, but don't hold your breath. Since the story is an important part of the history of Arctic exploration, it's required reading for afficionados of that subject. If you want a fast-paced and exciting read, however, you can skip this one. The shipping was very fast.
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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Not Enabled Word Wise: Not Enabled Screen Reader: Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Taking a truly scientific stance, armed only with facts and his brain, Nansen was sure that there was an ocean current that carried drift ice from the north of Siberia to Greenland, and he was willing to risk some years of his life to proof his theory was right and to reach for the first time the North Pole.
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He studied all possible issues is expedition might face and built a ship, the "Fram" specially prepared for withstanding the strong pressures of drifting ice, the lowest temperatures on Earth, the boredom of the Arctic long winter night, and embarked with eleven fellow adventurers. In his book, Farthest North, published one year after returning to Norway to huge acclaim, he describes this incredible voyage of scientific exploration and adventure, masterfully combining reason and emotion, scientific data and beautiful descriptions of the northern lights, the bright moonshine lit long polar night and the silent magical ice plains of the frozen Arctic Ocean.
Jan 19, Maddie rated it it was amazing. This is an amazing book. I highly recommend it to anyone who fancies themselves as an explorer, armchair explorer, adventurer, or is looking to be inspired by the courage and toughness of great nordic men. Fridjtof Nansen is the Greatest Explorer that you've never heard of and likely one of you're future heroes.
I first learned about Nansen and his Fram expedition earlier this year, when an author referenced him as a great explorer and told of how he had deliberately froze his boat into the ice This is an amazing book. I first learned about Nansen and his Fram expedition earlier this year, when an author referenced him as a great explorer and told of how he had deliberately froze his boat into the ice of the arctic trying to reach the North Pole.
After looking him on wikipedia, I was even more amazed and baffled that his story was not more well known. I remain baffled today and plan to introduce as many people as I can to his greatness. In addition to be an amazing inspiring true story, I was delighted to discover that Fridtjof Nansen was also beautiful writer.
His poetic writing style is really the icing on this epic adventure's cake. I wish I had the time and patience to write a more thorough review, because the book surely deserves it, but , I do not. If you want to read more reviews - search Farthest North and you will find other editions with more goodreads reviews.
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Fridtjof Nansen was a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Best known for the Fram expedition: An attempt to reach the North Pole by using the natural drift of the polar ice in the ship Fram, carrying fuel and provisions for twelve men for five years.