Saturday, July 27, 2019

Locked in Ice: Nansen's Daring Quest for the North Pole by Peter Lourie - ADVISABLE

Locked in Ice: Nansen’s Daring Quest for the North Pole by Peter Lourie, 314 pages.  NON-FICTION  Christy Ottaviano Books (Henry Holt), 2019.  $20.  

Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.  



Fridtjof Nansen successfully crossed Greenland and then set his eyes on being the first to reach the North Pole.  Nansen gathered a crew of able-bodied and experienced men and specifically designed his boat to have the best chance possible to purposely get stuck in the ice.  After Nansen and his men let their boat freeze in the ice, they drifted with the current until Nansen got as close as he could to the North Pole.  Then Nansen and one of his crew members loaded up dog sleds and headed out across the ice.  This is the story of their survival and exploration.  

This book is perfect for those who love reading about explorers, such as Ernest Shakleton’s Endurance.  My respect for Nansen only increased as the story went on (especially the Afterward) and I loved the accompanying pictures.  The only violence is that the dogs don’t all make it and they do hunt Polar Bears.  

Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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