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Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgicas Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night

ISBN 
9780753553459
Format 
Trade Paperback
Recommended Price 
R350.00
Published 
May 2021
About the book: 
A new classic of extreme endurance - Into Thin Air meets The Perfect Storm in 19th century Antarctica
 
'The next great contribution to polar literature' -- Hampton Sides
'An unforgettable tale brilliantly told' -- Scott Anderson
'It grips from first sentence to last' -- Lawrence Osborne
 
The harrowing, survival story of an early polar expedition that went terribly wrong, with the ship frozen in ice and the crew trapped inside for the entire sunless, Antarctic winter
 
The Belgica set sail from Europe on a sunny day in August 1897, intent upon becoming the first scientific expedition ever to reach the South Pole. But after setbacks slowed its progress, ice closed in and ensnared the ship. Temperatures plummeted, winds howled, perpetual darkness fell.
 
The crew were to make history for a different reason: they were to be the first adventurers to face the brutal Antarctic winter, completely cut off from the world. What began as an audacious scientific mission morphed into an epic struggle for survival.
 
As the men battled blizzards, hunger, depression, rats and scurvy, some became inconsolable, some mad, while others were consumed by infections that turned them into living corpses. It was down to the strongest characters to step up: namely the wild surgeon Dr Frederik Cook and the first mate, a young Norwegian adventurer by the name of Roald Amundsen.
 
Could they devise a plan to break free of the ice and guide the ship back to open sea, against all odds?