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Madhouse at the End of the Earth
Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night | Julian Sancton
The harrowing true survival story of an early polar expedition that went terribly awrywith the ship frozen in ice and the crew trapped inside for the entire sunless, Antarctic winter Deserves a place beside Alfred Lansings immortal classic Endurance.Nathaniel Philbrick A riveting tale, splendidly told . . . Madhouse at the End of the Earth has it all.Stacy Schiff Julian Sancton has deftly rescued this forgotten saga from the deep freeze.Hampton Sides In August 1897, the young Belgian commandant Adrien de Gerlache set sail for a three-year expedition aboard the good ship Belgica with dreams of glory. His destination was the uncharted end of the earth: the icy continent of Antarctica. But de Gerlaches plans to be first to the magnetic South Pole would swiftly go awry. After a series of costly setbacks, the commandant faced two bad options: turn back in defeat and spare his men the devastating Antarctic winter, or recklessly chase fame by sailing deeper into the freezing waters. De Gerlache sailed on, and soon the Belgica was stuck fast in the icy hold of the Bellingshausen Sea. When the sun set on the magnificent polar landscape one last time, the ships occupants were condemned to months of endless night. In the darkness, plagued by a mysterious illness and besieged by monotony, they descended into madness. In this epic tale, Julian Sancton unfolds a story of adventure and horror for the ages. As the Belgicas men teetered on the brink, de Gerlache relied increasingly on two young officers whose friendship had blossomed in captivity: the expeditions lone American, Dr. Frederick Cookhalf genius, half con manwhose later infamy would overshadow his brilliance on the Belgica; and the ships first mate, soon-to-be legendary Roald Amundsen, even in his youth the storybook picture of a sailor. Together, they would plan a last-ditch, nearly certain-to-fail escape from the iceone that would either etch their names in history or doom them to a terrible fate at the oceans bottom. Drawing on the diaries and journals of the Belgicas crew and with exclusive access to the ships logbook, Sancton brings novelistic flair to a story of human extremes, one so remarkable that even today NASA studies it for research on isolation for future missions to Mars. Equal parts maritime thriller and gothic horror, Madhouse at the End of the Earth is an unforgettable journey into the deep.
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Bookboss
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I love polar exploration stories, and I had not heard of this one. This book recounts the Belgian mission to find the magnetic South Pole. Sancton‘s descriptions had me reaching for my blankets and hot coffee. The ship is stuck in the ice for a year, and men have to survive the dark and cold. This is a fascinating tale of the men who take on years-long journeys at great risk to health and life. Absolutely absorbing.

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RobES
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This was fantastic!!!! Honestly, I cannot recommend highly enough! ⭐️🌟🌟🌟🌟

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RobES
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This weeks reading goal- listen to more of 'When He Was Wicked' by Juila Quinn on my drive to work and (possibly) finish 'Madhouse at the End of the World' by Julian Sancton 👍❤️🧭⚓️⛵️❄️

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RobES
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Saturday morning at my daughter's riding lesson is my fave time of the week- I get to read in peace with a coffee ...and this week I've even got Revels #winning 😉

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RobES
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Currently reading non-fiction- 'Madhouse at the End of the Earth' ... bit different for me but enjoying it. Currently listening to 'When He was Wicked' by Julia Quinn (Francesca's story) on Audible .... good for the commute as not too taxing ❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing!! 5mo
RobES @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks love this ❤️ 5mo
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EmilieGR
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What a fascinating group of people in extraordinary circumstances! Sancton is able to bring the beauty and isolation of the Antarctic to the reader through his vivid descriptions. I truly enjoyed this journey with these explorers!

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britt_reads
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School has been keeping me very busy, but I had a great time doing some shopping with the gift cards that I received over the holidays. #bookhaul

jlhammar Ooooh, fun! I've been tempted to get Madhouse. I'm hoping to read This Must Be The Place and Sorrow and Bliss soon. 11mo
wanderinglynn The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog is a difficult read. Be prepared. I read it when I worked in child dependency court. Excellent information, especially on brain development, but oh so heartbreaking. 11mo
britt_reads @jlhammar I‘m very intrigued by Madhouse, and currently trying to decide between those 3 choices for my next read! 11mo
britt_reads @wanderinglynn thank you for the warning! I‘m currently in school for social work and planning on doing my internship next year at a youth emergency shelter, so I thought this would be a good one to pick up. Definitely heartbreaking though. 11mo
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Sophronisba
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This book is filled with interesting characters; Roald Amundsen, the famed explorer; Frederick Cook, proactive and energetic and a little bit full of himself; and the captain Adrien de Gerlache, hubristic, unwise, and far too young to be in charge of the Belgica. The best adventure books keep you tense and attentive even when you know how they end, and I certainly was holding my breath as the crew attempted to break their ship out of the sea ice.

Suet624 Ooohhh, I love this type of book. Stacked! 12mo
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Sophronisba
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I guess I just want to travel, because earlier this week I was dying to go to Kenilworth and after finishing Madhouse at the End of the Earth this morning I starting googling “Antarctic cruises“ #morningreads #FridayReads

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Sophronisba
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Were I to contemplate a sea voyage to Antarctica, I would not hire a mechanic whose letter of recommendation reads “In summation, it is possible that Mr. Duvivier might figure out how to work a very simple engine, like the Belgica's, but I cannot guarantee it.“

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CloakNQuill
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🖋 Luc Sante, Stephen King, Sarah J Maas
🖋 Any from Daughter of Smoke & Bone: Karou, Akiva, Zuzana, Hazael.
🖋 Tagged.

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Eggs Wonderful names❣️ 1y
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Mskt6891
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Birthday book haul 🎉🎉🎉

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Kelliannee
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This book tells the story of the polar expedition in 1897 that lead to insanity. I really enjoyed how the author told this story in a way where you‘re not just being told a old story but as if you are there.

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OutsmartYourShelf
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After a slow start, things pick up when they arrive in Antarctica, & there is a lot of information about the main individuals involved & the horrors they endured. I thought it was very well researched & there are several maps to help. It did drag a little in places though. Overall I rated this one 3.5🌟

Thanks to NetGalley and publishers, Random House UK/Ebury Publishing/W H Allen, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

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DGRachel
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Ever since reading Dan Simmons‘s novel The Terror, I‘ve been fascinated by polar expeditions. This book details the Antarctic expedition led by Adrien de Gerlache in 1897. I‘m always amazed at the poor decision making that often accompanies these adventures-people so focused on glory that they ignore all sense and end up trapped for months while crew members die. I didn‘t care for the audiobook narrator, but the tale itself was gripping.

AlaMich This sounds like it‘s right up my alley! 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Daaaaamn!!!!! All the stars for this book.
1897 - the Belgica leaves for a jaunt to Antarctica and ends up unexpectedly overwintering in the pack ice. Scurvy, insanity, and despair plagues the crew (except maybe for Amundsen, since he was such a bad ass).

The usual review cliches: jaw-dropping, compelling, riveting. Well-researched, never tedious.
Can‘t recommend it highly enough.

LeahBergen Well, you‘ve certainly got MY attention. Stacked! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @LeahBergen YEEESSSS!! 👍😆 2y
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