The White Darkness Author:David Grann By the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a powerful true story of adventure and obsession in the Antarctic, lavishly illustrated with color photographs — Henry Worsley was a devoted husband and father and a decorated British special forces officer who believed in honor and sacrifice. He was also a man obsessed. H... more »e spent his life idolizing Ernest Shackleton, the nineteenth-century polar explorer, who tried to become the first person to reach the South Pole, and later sought to cross Antarctica on foot. Shackleton never completed his journeys, but he repeatedly rescued his men from certain death, and emerged as one of the greatest leaders in history.
Worsley felt an overpowering connection to those expeditions. He was related to one of Shackleton's men, Frank Worsley, and spent a fortune collecting artifacts from their epic treks across the continent. He modeled his military command on Shackleton's legendary skills and was determined to measure his own powers of endurance against them. He would succeed where Shackleton had failed, in the most brutal landscape in the world.
In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica with two other descendants of Shackleton's crew, battling the freezing, desolate landscape, life-threatening physical exhaustion, and hidden crevasses. Yet when he returned home he felt compelled to go back. On November 2015, at age 55, Worsley bid farewell to his family and embarked on his most perilous quest: to walk across Antarctica alone.
David Grann tells Worsley's remarkable story with the intensity and power that have led him to be called "simply the best narrative nonfiction writer working today." Illustrated with more than fifty stunning photographs from Worsley's and Shackleton's journeys, The White Darkness is both a gorgeous keepsake volume and a spellbinding story of courage, love, and a man pushing himself to the extremes of human capacity.« less
This is the third Grann book I've read. I started out with "Killers of the Flower Moon" which I gave five stars; then I read "The Lost City of Z" which (I believe) I gave three stars. "The White Darkness" could be five stars but I am only giving it four because of the length. The book is 146 pages. There are many pictures, including some that are an entire page or even two pages. If there were no pics, the book would likely be 100 pages or so. It wasn't until after I was done reading that I learned that the book was basically a couple magazine articles cobbled together which explains the book's brevity.
The writing was good. The pictures underscored the starkness of the environment. The ending wasn't what I expected. I got the book through paperbackswap.com so only had to pay a swap fee of $.49. For anyone interested in reading this book, I would suggest getting it from the library or requesting it through a bookswapping site.