Top positive review
immersive experience, I found it worthwhile read
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on July 6, 2019
I love reading this in printed form. For this piece of non fiction, I prefer to have the hard copy in hand, with pictures to look at. I don't recall what I spent on the book (@$10), but I already know how many pages I was buying (160 pages from description, though 146 in book in hand).
Sometimes price is a deciding factor, sometimes not. when I really want to read something, I'll pay whatever. I really wanted to read this, so I bought it. I see a lot of negative reviews stating that readers should save their money and just read it out of the magazine (k, where am I going to get this copy?, also if it is just a reprinted mag piece, I am glad it is offered in a format I can enjoy), or figure out a way to get around buying it and read it electronically (hmm, really?). Positive reviews are looked at as though they are part of something scandalous, which undermines an authentic read with genuine enjoyment of this book. Although I initially considered backing away, I actually ultimately decided to -take a chance- purchase my book based on these negative reviews, so thank you!
One person's 1 star, is another person's 5 star :)
I am already familiar with Grann's writing, so I knew to expect some solid writing. I was not disappointed (phew!). I did not gobble it up in a short sitting (savored it), I don't feel like I am being taken for my money with having spent $10 to read someones work. I've spent more money on less worthwhile reads. And I do understand that value is based on ones perspective. So *I* find value in this read, and because I do so, it does not mean that my review is not genuine.
Also, now there are used copies available. That being said, and price aside..
The information shared in this book is clear, concise, well described, and gives me a sense of being there in Antarctica. I was initially drawn to this book, well first because I wanted to see what else Grann has written (KIllers of the Flower Moon is amazing in particular) that I may not have read yet. Secondly, the premise of adventurers in Antarctica- something about long arduous treks really appeal to me, even if only from the comfort of my lazy girl recliner. I knew Grann would lead me as close as I could ever get to being there, with these brave, courageous, risk takers- without my having to leave the house. Not only that, but it spurred an interest in me to seek out even more information about the area and other explorers, their stories, and so on. They may be a bit crazy and selfish, but I can still be a voyeur into that world. Grann helps with that. And THAT absolutely makes this a worthwhile experience, to me. I think it is a gem of a book, and I appreciate this non fiction story. Looking forward to more of his work.