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Farthest North - Volume 2

Fridtjof Nansen

Book Overview: 

One of the 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time.
-- National Geographic

"Nansen was the Chuck Yeager of polar exploration."
--The New York Times Book Review

Being the Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the Ship "Fram", 1893-96 and of a Fifteen Months' Sleigh Journey by Dr. Nansen and Lieut. Johansen

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .nd we had rejoicings in honor of the sun, and the 84th degree.

“The next morning three of us went off and fetched the sledges back. Now, when we made for the ship, the dogs dragged much better, and in a short time we should have been on board had it not been for a long lane in the ice which we could see no end to, and which stopped us. Finally we left the sledges and, together with the dogs, managed to cross over on some loose pieces of ice and got on board. Yesterday we twice tried to fetch the sledges, but there had evidently been some movement in the lane, and the new ice was still so thin that we dared not trust it. We have, however, to-day got them on board, and we will now for the last time, it is to be hoped, prepare ourselves for the journey. I will now plan out the journey so as to take the shortest possible time, using [109]light sledges and tearing along as fast as legs and snowshoes will carry us. We shall be none the worse for this delay, provid. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I thought this was a very cool story. The first half of the book was great!! Nansen had a plan that worked pretty much exactly as he anticipated. And his writing of the expedition on the Fram was candid and a fun read. Once he left the ship to attempt to reach the North Pole, the story felt a lit...more

I read this somewhere on the American west coast in 1999. The impact of the book has stayed with me ever since. Say what you want about the prose (it was written in 1897) or the sensibilities of the time (the killing of the dogs may disturb some), the story itself is epic. To go with Nansen on th...more

Humanity is destined to explore the unknown across fleeting moments. An amazing account of survival in the pursuit of an idea, all to be first and to push further the boundaries of humanity. Not always the most dignified encounters with other creatures, particularly dogs and bears - yet in each v...more

Long but Good

A wonderful adventure with a lot of detail. A very good telling of exactly what it feels like to be a Polar explorer in the 19th century.

Fridjtof Nansen is one of the great legends of arctic exploration. This book recounts his amazing expedition launched in 1894. Other expeditions in the past had tried to reach the North Pole by sailing large cumbersome ships through the narrow and ice-filled straits north of Canada. Hundreds of m...more

The book is poorly written and poorly edited, which means that it's such a great story that even those problems can't keep it from being a page turner. This story makes many exploration stories look like jaunts to the mall in comparison as Nansen decides that being stuck in the ice for 2 years is...more

I just finished reading Farthest North: The Epic Adventure of a Visionary Explorer, by Fridtjof Nansen. The book chronicles the 1893-1896 polar expedition of Nansen and his crew aboard the schooner Fram.

I continue to be fascinated by the exploits of men like Nansen and his crew. In pursuit of kno...more

Fridtjof Nansen takes you there. 1893. The Polar Sea. The arctic ice was just a blank on the map, and where others have failed, Nansen will push on.

This is a first-person account, based on handwritten journals, day in, day out. Nansen must turn a deaf ear to those critical colleagues who say it c...more

"Sono qui seduto da solo nella mia cuccetta e i pensieri scivolano indietro ai due anni trascorsi. Qual è il demone che tesse i fili delle nostre esistenze e che fa ingannare noi stessi, quello che ci spinge sempre avanti su sentieri che non abbiamo tracciato noi - sentieri sui quali non abbiamo...more

This book had potential but really dragged at multiple points. I guess there isn't too much to variance in your daily life to write about when you're frozen in an ice floe for a year at a time. If you're interested in the subject, I'd say skim around until you find some interesting parts, which t...more

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