Where the Earth Ends: A Journey Beyond Patagonia

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9780719561511: Where the Earth Ends: A Journey Beyond Patagonia

At the end of the 20th century, John Harrison travelled through one of the most hostile environments on Earth. From the Argentine plains, he journeyed ever south, searching out the stories of natives and settlers, through Patagonia, the land where Magellan and Drake walked with giants, to Tierra del Fuego. On the tip of South America - the last continental land on earth colonized by man.;One morning a sign went up advertising trips on a Russian research vessel, so he tore up a year's lanning and added Antartica to the journey. Within days he was sailing through towering grey seas where in real life Coleridge's poetic albatross was shot. Then began an attempt to break through the ice and stand on the edge of the continent.;Returning round Cape Horn, he went north, through Chile's remote, wild fjords, where real journeys began to merge with fiction. He sailed through the mists where Byron's grandfather was wrecked, and walked on the bright Pacific isle where the real Robinson Crusoe taught his cats to dance.

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John Harrison is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has traveled around Cape Horn 14 times and has also visited Antarctica and South America.

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"His approach is thorough and his excitement contagious." -- The Independent on Sunday "An engaging and entertaining narrative." -- Sunday Telegraph "An inspiring blend of new-look, literary, post-Granta traveller and intrepid adventurer. A glorious roundtrip to desolation and romance." -- The Scotsman "A fascinating book of insight, scholarship and adventurous travel, fired by childhood dreams perhaps, but fuelled by the skill of a writer from whom, I hope, we shall hear much more." -- Sunday Times "A most unusual and delightful book, full of surprises, ambiguities and strange quirks of knowledge, and written with attractive gusto." -- Jan Morris "Teems with erudition, anecdotes and facts that are a delight to retell... carries an echo of Raymond Carver, or even Carver's mentor Hemingway." -- South China Morning Post

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