Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review: Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition

Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin ExpeditionHaunting, distributing, atmospheric and educational - Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition is this and more. 

From detailed source accounts comprising a bevy of topics (the nutritional value tinned cans as food aboard the ships, letters to the sailors from loved ones, and more), this chilling tale of the doomed Franklin Expedition to the Arctic to chart the North Passage is a historians and general interest readers' delight - despite the macabre  and detailed exhumation of frozen corpses some 130years since being encased in ice. 

Written in bite sized chunks, the authors maintain a constant and easy flowing narrative that takes the reader on a journey pre dating that of the 1845-48 expedition to provide context and depth to the troubles Franklin and co. faced during that ill-fated voyage to their icy graves. The later stages of the book detail the dangerous conditions of the Arctic in the 1980's, recreating that same bone chilling atmosphere that was prevalent throughout the 1840's and beyond.  

While comprising a good amount of scientific terminology, Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition is easy to read and doesn't come across as heavy or cumbersome, that said - I did feel the need to read something lighter afterwards (the images of the frozen corpses on King William Island are graphic and could be quite confronting to the squeamish).

Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition has left me wanting to delve deeper into this solemn event and other expeditions like it. 

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