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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 14, 2021
This book, much like Shackleton’s experience years later at the South Pole, is filled with drama which could have been more more developed. The reader would have benefited from a deeper development of the main characters, their personalities, etc. There was a lot of moving back and forth in time and side stories that were at times distracting. More quotes from journals or diaries would have been nice. Maybe even some speculation as to why these sailors set out on a long journey into very cold territory without adequate clothing (pants that terminated at mid-calf?) then failed to use bear skins to make warm clothing or bedding? Could they really have been so stupid to not realize that what kept the bear warm would work for them as well? Ditto the fox pelts. These guys had a ton of grit, but must have been IQ challenged. This deserved some discussion by the author.