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Hyperion, Nov 2003, 24.95, 432 pp. ISBN: 0786868635 In 1921, notorious explorer Stefansson hires twentyish female Inuit Ada Blackjack as seamstress to four young Anglo-American males he recruited to claim the uninhabited Arctic Wrangel Island for the British Empire. The crew was under supplied as Stefansson expected them to live off the frozen tundra. They lacked any substantial sub zero weather experience though two once traveled beyond the Ci...
The Ice Master
Jennifer Niven's exemplary novel The Ice Master proves the old adage that fact is stranger than fiction. This is the story of the tragic 1913 arctic expedition aboard the HMCS Karluk. The journey was a wholly scientific one, made at the time of tremendous interest in exploration of the polar ice caps. The boat was not seaworthy but chosen for its low cost and availability by Vilhjalmur Stefansson, the head of the expedition. He also selected a crew o...
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