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Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing

Alex Hiett | Book Review

Endurance

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The required summer reading for 9th graders is the daunting book, Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage. It’s a nonfiction story detailing the first Trans-Antarctic trek attempted. In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set off with a crew of 27 others, hoping to cross the coldest continent in the world. The tale describes the brutal conditions of the journey, the perseverance of the crew as well as humanity in general. Though it ends without the crew reaching their destination, Endurance is a powerful book, and illustrates the best and worst of human nature.

While the book is rather long, and is nonfiction, it is a bearable task, especially considering you have an entire summer to read it. Once you get past the monotony of the menial duties of the crew, and the drab regions described, it’s a pretty alright book. Some of the hardships that the group has to deal with are just staggering, and I wouldn’t even know if I could survive myself. In my opinion though, this story doesn’t quite have the same reverberating effect as other nonfiction stories such as Seabiscuit. Overall, Endurance is a book that isn’t terrible to get through, but I wouldn’t bother reading it again.

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