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End of the Earth: Voyaging to Antarctica (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. September 2004

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Now in a paperback edition, America's greatest literary naturalist takes readers on the ultimate wildlife safari: a true back-of-beyond voyage to the world's most unforgiving land, the islands off Antarctica's northern ice shelf, and to that second most remote place on earth, South Georgia Island, "the last outpost in a great emptiness of ocean." Matthiessen has once again lit upon a subject profoundly fitted to his creative genius. He is simply the ultimate lyricist of loss, a writer brilliantly attentive to the way vanishings are braided into even the most exquisite moments of our lives. He agonizes over what is passing away, but does so in a manner that increases our appreciation of what remains. In "End of the Earth," Matthiessen joins the crew of the Akademik - a 384-foot research vessel bound for wild and storied South Georgia Island and Antarctica. Along the way we are treated to a patented Matthiessen brew: lyricism and emotion applied to the sharp-eyed evaluations of a seasoned naturalist. Brilliant and instructive observations of the creatures inhabiting this far-flung region are sprinkled with eloquent disquisition on the history of the region (Shackleton, Captain Cook,

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Winner of the National Book Award and the American Book Award, Peter Matthiessen is the author of over fifteen books of fiction and nonfiction, including "The Snow Leopard " (1978), "At Play in the Fields of the Lord" (1965), "Far Tortuga" (1975), "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" (1992), and "Bone by Bone" (1999). Ilan Stavans teaches at Amherst College. He is the author of "The Hispanic Condition" (1995), "Art and Anger" (1996), and "The Riddle of Cantinflas" (1998), and editor of "The Oxford Book of Latin American Essays" (1997).

Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities as well as one of National Geographic's Explorers-in-Residence, is credited with such monumental discoveries as the tombs of the Giza pyramid builders and the Valley of the Golden Mummies, which inspired a best-selling book. He has been a consultant for film, television, and magazines, and he lectures throughout the world. In 2000, Hawass received the Distinguished Scholar award from the Association of Egyptian American Scholars.
Kenneth Garrett, a specialist in archaeology, paleontology, and ancient cultures, has photographed archaeological sites and subjects worldwide on assignment for National Geographic. His work has also been featured in many books, including two of Dr. Hawass's previous works.


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HASH(0x9ae766e4) von 5 Sternen Beautiful descriptions, but not much else 17. März 2005
Von Elizabeth Thyssen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This rambling memoir details two trips that the author made to Antarctica with Victor Emmanuel Nature Tours, which specializes in birding trips. Peter Matthiessen beautifully describes several scenes from the Antarctic, which made me long to visit this stark landscape filled with life.

However, the book has no real direction. It reads like a journal, albeit a well-written one with a greater-than-average literacy quotient. The author makes little attempt to introduce any of his fellow-travelers or to show a personal journey of the mind to mirror the Antarctic voyages. Eventually, it just stops, rather than ends. He digresses from accounts of his voyage to describe the adventures of early polar explorers, or to comment on issues such as global warming and whaling. Although these asides are interesting and well-reasoned, there are better sources for each topic.

Birders and armchair travelers may enjoy the descriptions of his wildlife encounters, however.
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HASH(0x9ae76aec) von 5 Sternen A picture's worth a thousand words . . . 31. Juli 2014
Von JP - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
. . . so go look at some pictures of the South Pole.

After hearing so much about Mr. Matthiessen in the wake of his recent death I wanted to read something by him, and went searching for the Snow Leopard, apparently his best work. Unfortunately, at a local second hand bookstore I came across "End of the Earth" and picked it up instead.

I was expecting an artful description of Matthiessen's journeys to Antarctica, beautiful depictions of the land and flora and fauna, and some philosophic discussions about the greater meaning of a place like this and the men who, over the centuries, felt compelled to journey there again and again on missions of discovery and plunder. For what? Glory? Riches? To expand man's knowledge? To test their own metal? I did not know, and I was hopeful when I picked up this work to see how Matthiessen would take on the great "nothingness" of Antarctica, and some big picture ruminations about what it all means and how we fit in.

Unfortunately, I did not find that here. What I found was one man's travel log, and it was reminiscent of old jokes about the bland suburbs where neighbors pull out slides of their recent vacations. The writing was good, but nothing exceptional or truly distinctive. The descriptions of animals and the land were ok, but go google some pictures of Antarctica and you'll get more than you can out of any page of text here. While Matthiessen touches on the explorers who went before him, he does so in sketchy thumbnails that do no raise any greater questions about what drove them or the meaning of it all, or what drove him to go south.

I was expecting philosophy, and I ended up with Herb and Mabel talking about their last vacation over fondue in the burbs.
HASH(0x9b27db94) von 5 Sternen An excellent annotated journal of Antarctic travel 12. Oktober 2010
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I am undoubtedly biased, because I was on the Akademik Ioffe trip to South Georgia and Antarctica with Victor Emanuel, Peter Matthiessen, Bob and Birgit Bateman, et al. It was a splendid, truly brilliant trip, and I really like this book because it documents the highlights of the trip and adds some ruminations and connections to other world issues with vital and descriptive language that is evocative to me. Some descriptions are truly effulgent and capture the essence of what we saw, from tiny, coruscating bubbles of air being released by ancient ice making effervescent, crystalline sounds we could listen to in the great Antarctic silence to the smell of krill in whale breath as yet another whale surfaced and exhaled next to our fragile Zodiacs.

Indeed, this is a journal - I commend it to those with an interest in Antarctic travel and global conservation. For you, I would rate it four stars; for me, six if such were possible.
HASH(0x9ae76ccc) von 5 Sternen Marvelous 4. September 2009
Von D. Reece Williams - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I am a Matthiessen fan, of his fiction and of his reporting about nature. This book is excellent in both categories; some of the prose describing his ship sailing in the lonesome, gray south lattitudes with a solitary bird circling, hundreds of miles from land, relating these and other images to our own uncertain destiny, compels re-reading and reflection. The descriptions of the wildlife he encounters, the penguins especially, are supremely interesting.
HASH(0x9b55d7ec) von 5 Sternen Antarctica: "You Are There" 11. Juli 2011
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The book is a series of short vignettes focused on distinct incidents or places encountered in his two visits to the Antarctic but they are tied together to create a single understanding of the region: the ten thousand and the one. As always, Matthiessen is a supurb stylist.
A great read if you want to know what it might be like to actually take such a trip.
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