In February 2010, with the help of a friend who works as a photographer with a National Geographic–sponsored cruise line, Justin Gardiner boarded a ship bound for Antarctica. A stowaway of sorts, Gardiner used his experiences on this voyage as the narrative backdrop for Beneath the Shadow, a compelling firsthand account that breathes new life into the nineteenth-century journals of Antarctic explorers such as Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, and Captain Roald Amundsen.
Beneath the Shadow is centered on journal excerpts by eight famous explorers, which Gardiner uses as touchstones for modern-day experiences of harsh seas, chance encounters, rugged terrain, and unspeakable beauty. With equal parts levity and lyricism, Gardiner navigates the distance between the historical and the contemporary, the artistic and the scientific, the heroic and the mundane. The bold and tragic tales of Antarctic explorers have long held our collective imaginationalmost as much as the mythically remote land such explorers ventured toand this book makes those voices come to life as few ever have.
|Publisher:||University of Georgia Press|
|Series:||Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
JUSTIN GARDINER, a native of the Northwest, now teaches at Auburn University, where he also serves as the nonfiction editor of the Southern Humanities Review. He is a recipient of the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Fellowship, as well as the Post-Graduate Larry Levis Stipend in poetry from Warren Wilson’s MFA Program. His writing has appeared in the Missouri Review, Blackbird, Quarterly West, and ZYZZYVA.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Beneath the Shadow is a compelling look at the history of Antarctic exploration as Gardiner ventures on his own modern day voyage of this fascinating land. This book is well written and well researched and I thoroughly enjoyed learning so much more about the heroic characters who were drawn to the lure of the Antarctic. Highly recommend!