Monday, May 18, 2015
"Icebound" by Leonard Guttridge
I just finished reading In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette (Doubleday, 2014) by Hampton Sides. The book takes you along on the harrowing journey of the captain and crew of the ill-fated Jeannette as they tried to be the first to reach the North Pole in the late 1800s. You can find my review of that book by clicking here.
In a review at Amazon, I learned about a lesser known book recounting the same heroic voyage. Icebound: The Jeannette Expedition's Quest for the North by Leonard F. Guttridge probably didn't get as much fanfare when it was published by the Naval Institute Press in 1986 or when it was reprinted by Backinprint.com in 2006, but both editions are still available in hardback, print, and audiobook formats. Neither are e-books.
The recent discovery of Sir John Franklin's ship the Erebus from the 1845 expedition to discover the Northwest Passage may be spurring new interest in the Arctic. I know I am reading more about it these days. -- Margy