Empire Antarctica

Empire Antarctica

Ice, Silence, & Emperor Penguins

Book - 2013
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Francis fulfilled a lifetime's ambition when he spent fourteen months as the basecamp doctor at Halley, a profoundly isolated British research station on the Caird Coast of Antarctica. It was a year of unparalleled silence and solitude, with few distractions and a very little human history, but also a rare opportunity to live among emperor penguins, the only species truly at home in the Antarctic. Francis explores the world of great beauty conjured from the simplest of elements, the hardship of living at 50c below zero and the unexpected comfort that the penguin community bring.
Describes the author's time working as a basecamp doctor at Antarctica's Halley research station and his fascination with the emperor penguin community that shared the icy continent with him.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, [2013]
ISBN: 9781619023406
Branch Call Number: 919.89 FRANCIS
Characteristics: ix, 260 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm


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Jul 09, 2015

This is the very best of travel writing - reflection, context and information by an interesting author. The book is less about the empire penguins than about the experience of silence and isolation. 2013 Costa Shortlist.

Aug 04, 2014

The author uses very descriptive sentences which wasn't to my taste.

rsmbarlow Jun 15, 2014

Loved this book! It's less about penguins and more about landscape, place and silence. It is beautifully written and full of wonderfully descriptive passages. This book was on The Economist's best books of 2013.


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