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Madhouse at the End of the Earth Reviews

Madhouse at the End of the Earth by Julian Sancton

Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night

Julian Sancton

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1 review

Category: Non-fiction, History
Imprint: W H Allen
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication date: 27 May 2021
ISBN: 9780753553442

The harrowing, survival story of an early polar expedition that went terribly wrong, with the ship frozen in ice and the crew trapped inside for the entire sunless, Antarctic winter 'An unforgettable tale brilliantly told' -- Scott Anderson

4 stars out of 5
James McConnachie
23 May 2021

"This tale of polar hubris is a “grade-A classic” that’s feverishly compelling"

Apart from a tragic ending, and perhaps an unequivocal hero, this story has everything — there is even a footnote on the possible sources of a humpback whale’s bad breath. At one point Sancton likens the tale of the Belgica to the archetypal polar horror story — and this book serves as another kind of archetype. It is a model of how to write a polar expedition history.