I May be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination
Written by Francis Spufford
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November 2009 Guest Editor Geraldine McCaughrean on I May Be Some Time by FRANCIS SPUFFORD
I don’t read non-fiction except when researching, so I came across Spufford while researching Antarctica. His style is so beautiful it should come with a spoon under the lid. He turns fact into poetry. I May Be Some Time asks why Brits go to insane, frozen lengths in the name of exploration. His account of Scott’s last journey is the best bar none and makes your heart pound clean out of your chest.
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I May be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination by Francis Spufford
When Captain Scott died in 1912 on his way back from the South Pole, his story became a myth embedded in the English imagination. Despite wars and social change, despite recent debunking, it is still there. Conventional histories of polar exploration tend to trace the laborious expeditions across the map, dwelling on the proper techniques of ice navigation and sledge travel, rather than asking what the explorers thought they were doing, or why. This book, in contrast, is about the poles as they have been perceived, dreamed of, even desired, and offers a cultural history of a national obsession with polar explorers and mountaineers. It sets out to show how Scott's death in 1912 was the culmination of a long-running national enchantment with perilous journeys to the ends of the earth.
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