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Terra Incognita Travels in Antarctica

by Sara Wheeler

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Terra Incognita Travels in Antarctica Synopsis

After writing two highly praised travel books, Sara Wheeler was accepted by the American government to be the first foreigner on their National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists' and Writers Program. She spent six weeks at the pole and on the edge of the infamous Ross Ice Shelf, as well as another month with the British Antarctic Survey. Terra Incognita is a meditation on the landscape, myths and history of one of the remotest parts of the globe, as well as an encounter with the people who inhabit this region - living in close confinement despite the surrounding acres of white space - and the mechanics of day-to-day life in extraordinary conditions. Through Sara Wheeler, the Antarctic is revealed, in all its seductive mystery.

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Terra Incognita Travels in Antarctica Press Reviews

'Sara Wheeler first saw the Antarctic from the southernmost tip of Chile, while travelling the length and breadth of that country for a book she was writing. She knew then that she would return to a place which already seemed like home. A polar desert, the Antarctic is the province of scientific expeditions staffed by oddballs and mavericks who feel more at home on the ice than anywhere else in the world, but more than that, it has, over the years, come to serve as a metaphor for an inner journey into the depths of the soul. Fired by the exploits of Scott and Amundsen, Shackleton and Cherry-Garrard, people have gone to the wild places of the earth to meet themselves face to face, and Sara Wheeler was no exception. Having got herself onto US Antarctic Writers and artists Program, the first foreigner to do so, she prepared herself for the rigours of life at the bottom of the world with a mixture of research and polar training. Her book in turn reflects this; her love of the subject is obvious, particularly her writing about those who travelled ahead of her. She writes movingly of visiting Scott's hut and other important Antarctic monuments. What is perhaps a disappointment at times is the banality of life on the ice. For every moment of mystic communion on the ice, there are many hours of surprisingly ordinary incident in a most extraordinary place. As Wheeler acknowledges, those who live in the Antarctic must devise a hundred ways of getting along with one another but somehow one senses that Wheeler never really gets to grips with the modern Antarctic experience, and to some extent, as a visiting writer rather than a participating researcher, how can she ever hope to? Nevertheless, this is a fascinating account of daily life in the last great wilderness.' (Kirkus UK)

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ISBN: 9780099731818
Publication date: 04/09/1997
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099731818
Publication date: 4th September 1997
Author: Sara Wheeler
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, The Real World, Travel,
Categories: Travel writing,

About Sara Wheeler

Sara Wheeler is the author of four previous books. She lives in London.

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