Emperors of the Ice
A True Story of Disaster and Survival in the Antarctic, 1910-13
By Richard Farr
(Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374319755, 217pp.)
Publication Date: September 30, 2008
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“Farr’s writing is engrossing and his accounts of the hardships and near-death experiences the explorers faced are harrowing . . . . This title will appeal to readers looking for an adventure story.” —School Library Journal
“Based on Cherry’s actual memoirs and told in first-person narrative, the story is vivid and full of action. There are poignant moments of bravery and self-sacrifice that the reader will ponder long after finishing the book . . . . Readers from middle school age to adults will find this tale of survival to be unforgettable.” —VOYA
“An inspiring tale of men battling overwhelmingly brutal elements with experiemental gear, high spirits an dindomitable courage. . . . Compelling reading . . . Well supplied with contemporary photos, maps, an annotated source list, and other helpful extras. Despite its fictive voice, it makes an authoritative replacement for older titles on the expedition.” —Booklist
“The extreme conditions are exciting . . . make it hard to put down.” —The Seattle Times
“The heroic search for Emperor penguin eggs at Cape Crozier in 1911 is one of the greatest stories ever told, and Richard Farr is to be congratulated for recasting it so vividly. This is a wonderful book, stylishly executed.” —Sara Wheeler, author of Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard
“Richard Farr's re-creation of the legendary 1911 Antarctic "Winter Journey' is masterful and spell-binding. He not only takes us to the outer boundaries of human endurance, but makes us wish we had been companions of Wilson, Bowers, and Cherry-Garrard.” —Jim Wickwire, author of Addicted to Danger: A Memoir about Affirming Life in the Face of Death
“Farr’s research and use of journal accounts make this a rich picture of early 20th-century exploration that straddles the line between fiction and nonfiction.” —Kliatt
“It’s an enthralling tale, told with marked immediacy, verve, and force of personality.” —The Horn Book