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End of the Earth: Voyages To Antarctica (2003 original; edició 2003)

de Peter Matthiessen (Autor)

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End of the Earth brings to life the waters of the richest whale feeding grounds in the world, the wandering albatross with its 11-foot wingspan arching through the sky, and the habits of every variety of seal, walrus, petrel, and penguin in the area, all with boundless and contagious inquisitiveness. Magnificently written, the book evokes an appreciation and sympathy for a region as harsh as it is beautiful. "Luminous and haunting . . . the contemporary Thoreau."--The Wall Street Journal   "[Matthiessen] doesn't waste words, and in End of the Earth: Voyages to Antarctica, his homage to the austere splendor of that frozen continent, he hasn't deployed a single one whose choice I would care to take issue with. . . . Matthiessen writes crusty, chiseled sentences that demand to be read slowly--the perfect prose equivalent of the landscapes he's describing."--The New York Times Book Review   "Matthiessen and polar landscapes seem perfectly suited. . . . I found myself constantly re-reading sentences or paragraphs to savour all of their rich resonances. . . . Few if any authors on the region have so successfully compressed . . . Antarctic life . . . and I suspect it will become standard reading."--The Guardian… (més)
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Títol:End of the Earth: Voyages To Antarctica
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Informació:National Geographic (2003), Edition: First Edition, 288 pages
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Matthiessen's writing is incredibly visual, and while this is a calm read that's far more interested in describing the arctic than entertaining a reader who might not be automatically interested without more plot or character, many of the passages are little short of intoxicating. Reading the work, it often feels like watching images scroll by in a documentary, zooming in on creatures and on phenomena to offer brief explorations.

I admit, there were moments when I wanted something more--more character, more progression--but this book had a way of calming the outside world, and letting me sink into it, more and more as I went along. All told, I doubt it will end up being my favorite of his works, but I'm glad to have read and explored it. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Apr 20, 2016 |
Good to read if you're going to Antarctica; otherwise not one of his better books. ( )
  bobbieharv | Apr 25, 2011 |
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End of the Earth brings to life the waters of the richest whale feeding grounds in the world, the wandering albatross with its 11-foot wingspan arching through the sky, and the habits of every variety of seal, walrus, petrel, and penguin in the area, all with boundless and contagious inquisitiveness. Magnificently written, the book evokes an appreciation and sympathy for a region as harsh as it is beautiful. "Luminous and haunting . . . the contemporary Thoreau."--The Wall Street Journal   "[Matthiessen] doesn't waste words, and in End of the Earth: Voyages to Antarctica, his homage to the austere splendor of that frozen continent, he hasn't deployed a single one whose choice I would care to take issue with. . . . Matthiessen writes crusty, chiseled sentences that demand to be read slowly--the perfect prose equivalent of the landscapes he's describing."--The New York Times Book Review   "Matthiessen and polar landscapes seem perfectly suited. . . . I found myself constantly re-reading sentences or paragraphs to savour all of their rich resonances. . . . Few if any authors on the region have so successfully compressed . . . Antarctic life . . . and I suspect it will become standard reading."--The Guardian

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