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Cooper's Creek: Tragedy and Adventure in the Australian Outback (Englisch) Taschenbuch – August 2010

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Cooper's Creek Originally published: New York: Harper & Row, c1963. Full description


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Quick read, fascinating story 27. Februar 2011
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I love first-hand historical accounts of outdoor adventure and exploration, and this one is a classic. The descriptions of wildlife alone are worth the read, but this is also a riveting story of an expedition run amok. Like the equally fascinating "Desperate Passage" and "The Ice Master," this story is also often brutal and heartbreaking. As a sensitive person who cries easily, I am nevertheless drawn to these stories because they have so much to teach us about human nature, and the extremes of cowardice and bravery of which it is capable under survival conditions.
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What a great little book! 15. Januar 2013
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This is a great little book. It tells of a journey of exploration that went wrong, of rescues that were inept, and other treks that went off like clockwork - all woven into a well-told tale.

Most such stories fall into one of two categories: Follies dripping with ineptness, irony and tragedy (such as Scott's fatal expedition to the South Pole); or well-planned and executed journeys that are practically dull and boring in their expert execution (Amundsen's successful "first" to the South Pole). "Cooper's Creek" has both - and more.

In 1860-61 an expedition northwards from Melbourne across the largely unknown interior to the north coast of Australia ended with the deaths of three of the four explorers that had made the final dash. The fourth lived due to rescue by the local natives (the "black gentlemen"). The outcome was made more dramatic and tragic because men of the base depot upon whom the four depended had returned south one day before the exploring party returned.

There are dozens of "what ifs" that could have changed the outcome. These (along with the interplay between individuals and supporters) make this book as much a mystery or detective story as a tale of adventure.

It is also both interesting and tragic to read of these outsiders suffering and dying as they trek through groups of black gentlemen who have mastered the country. You can't but wonder to what extent the explorers seeming contempt of the native Australians must have, in the end, turned to admiration.
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Great book 9. Mai 2011
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I loved this book. It takes you back to the period by describing the actual provisions and other details of the excursion. The auther gives good insight into the motivations of the key players. As you read this book you will feel as if you are with Burke and Wills on their amazing but doomed journey. There are some "old English" terms which one has to deal with but they add to the authenticity of the book. One criticism, I would have enjoyed more maps of the journey as the one map in the book is too small to be useful.
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Cooper's Creek Caper 8. September 2012
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Alan Moorehead is one of the most readable history writers I know. I purchased "Cooper's Creek" based on my knowing his previous work and was not disappointed at all. I recommend this as an interesting history lesson on Australia and its development as a frontier colony not unlike us in America.
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Walking across Austrailia 12. März 2013
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This is a interesting book, well written but not very exciting.
It was highly reccommended to me by a historian but I did not finish it.
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