Shackleton is one true leader!
What an amazing story and wonderfully told by not only a competent sea captain but a talented writer as well. If you are a sea-faring wannabe like myself, you will certainly love the detailed descriptions of the ship “Endurance” and all the jib and heave-to language that comes along with it. Wonderful scenery of the Antarctic and its inhabitants are wonderfully described within the story and gives oneself the feeling of actually being trapped on the ice-packs and floes with Shackleton and his men. The true feeling of what it would have been actually like to be stuck and to try and survive, I will never understand; I admire these men and their willingness to survive and to help their shipmates survive by the small sacrifices each one makes for each other.
Over the years, a lot has been said about Ernest Shackleton and his strong leadership skills. I am sure a lot more can be said. However, within this story, Shackleton’s leadership and friendship is truly felt by the author, F.A Worsley, and with his honest heartfelt feelings revealed and how he looked up to this man is truly inspiring.
Another tale of adventure and survival that has made its way onto my bookshelf and into my heart.