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Farthest North: The Epic Adventure of a Visionary Explorer (urspr publ 1897; utgåvan 2008)

av Fridtjof Nansen (Författare)

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In 1893, Fridjtof Nansen set sail in the Fram, a ship specially designed and built to be frozen into the polar ice cap, withstand its crushing pressures, and travel with the sea's drift closer to the North Pole than anyone had ever gone before. Experts said such a ship couldn't be built and that the voyage was tantamount to suicide.  This brilliant first-person account, originally published in 1897, marks the beginning of the modern age of exploration. Nansen vividly describes the dangerous voyage and his 15-month-long dash to the North Pole by sledge. Farthest North is an unforgettable tale and a must-read for any armchair explorer.… (mer)
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Titel:Farthest North: The Epic Adventure of a Visionary Explorer
Författare:Fridtjof Nansen (Författare)
Info:Skyhorse Publishing (2008), Edition: trade pbk, 528 pages
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Fram öfver polarhafvet : den norska polarfärden 1893-96 : med ett tillägg av Otto Sverdrup av Fridtjof Nansen (1897)

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Nansen's journey, from June 24th, 1893 to April 7th, 1895, took him to the farthest reaches of the North Pole. Blessed with the support of the Norwegian government and the King of Norway, Nansen set sail with ample provisions, able men and strong sled dogs. Farthest North is Nansen's first person account of the adventure, complete with journal entries and fantastic photography and drawings. A word of warning to the animal lovers: Nansen's no-nonsense approach to killing various animals is harsh. I had a hard time with how he described shooting a curious seal.
Aside from his expedition, Nansen was a fascinating character. He invented a new type of sled for traversing the Arctic terrain. He was a biologist who worked with nature. His theory for success was to allow his ship, the Fram, to become trapped in the ice. The Fram was built to withstand the pressures of the ice floes and move with the fluctuations so as not to be torn apart. However, while Nansen was smart about the construction of the Fram, he was not so clever concerning the rising tides that ended up swamping his boats at one point of the expedition.
To keep busy during the ice entrapment, Nansen established a music factory, repairing much loved instruments. By default, Nansen's love of forward progress transferred to his crew. To keep busy for the sake of industry, when the ship's doctor didn't have patients to see he set up a book binding business to care for the well used library.
Even though he failed to reach the true North Pole Nansen was the first one to cross Greenland successfully. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Jun 3, 2019 |
Excellent. Not exactly underrated but definitely not known enough. ( )
  Hanno | Jun 1, 2019 |
Nansen's account of his polar journey was originally published in two volumes. The first is principally an account of the preparations for and journey of the Fram, and its iced-in drift through the Arctic Circle. The second is chiefly concerned with Nansen's two-man sledge journey farther north. The first volume is unusually positive for a polar memoir, as life on board the Fram was comparatively comfortable; the reader is regularly impressed by Nansen's preparedness and forward thinking before setting out. The second volume is more bleak, detailing the sledge party's bare bones survival in the Arctic winter. It is, to use Nansen's own description, somewhat monotonous. Over all, the book is well written, illuminating and not without humour. However, the account is lengthy, and would benefit from some judicious editing. ( )
  Lirmac | Mar 13, 2019 |
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  MichaelStenning | Mar 10, 2019 |
Farthest North is considered a classic, being on National Geographic's list at #11. Nevertheless I do not rate it very highly, it is a long frustrating slog. Not much happens until about 70% of the way through, they ride comfortably in the Fram borne along by the ice actually gaining weight from eating too much food. The crew do not come alive as personalities, only the dogs hold much interest. As noted in the review by thorold (Aug 21 2012) the book is a PR piece meant to smooth over the rough spots and show how right Nansen was, to silence the critics.

Finally Nansen leaves the ship and travels over the ice on a dog sled the narrative picks up pace. There are some interesting scenes of tribulation and survival but offset by Nansen who does not see an animal he can't stop to kill or injure in graphic heart-breaking detail. There is nothing wrong with killing for food but I've never read such detailed animal cruelty.

Nansen's writing is based on diaries and he tends to rely on cliche. In the translation, he often speaks with the impersonal pronoun "one", ie. "One often sees oneself etc.." an overly formal style that grates. The book itself contains many incredible pictures and maps. Nansen's return to Norway is satisfying if not melodramatic (the pipe drops from his mouth, "Is that you, Nansen?")

This is still an important book, for anyone serious about polar literature it's near the top of the list. Perhaps a new translation, abridgement and annotations could make it a little more appealing. ( )
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In 1893, Fridjtof Nansen set sail in the Fram, a ship specially designed and built to be frozen into the polar ice cap, withstand its crushing pressures, and travel with the sea's drift closer to the North Pole than anyone had ever gone before. Experts said such a ship couldn't be built and that the voyage was tantamount to suicide.  This brilliant first-person account, originally published in 1897, marks the beginning of the modern age of exploration. Nansen vividly describes the dangerous voyage and his 15-month-long dash to the North Pole by sledge. Farthest North is an unforgettable tale and a must-read for any armchair explorer.

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