Book by Doumani, George A.
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A latecomer in the recent spate of books on the history of Antarctic explorationand one that disproves the adage Better late than never. Doumani has enjoyed a long and apparently distinguished career as a scientist working for several departments of the federal government. He is not, sadly, a writer, and his fragmentary account of fieldwork during the International Geophysical Year of 1958 reads more like a grandfatherly holiday letter than a book. Doumanis attention is resolutely fixed on unremarkable moments (In flight the passengers were ordered to change into cold weather gear, and the many layers of long thermal underwear, outer pants and parkas made it necessary to expand the seat belt considerably) and the quotidian details of eating (breakfast usually consisted of . . . fried eggs in several scrambled styles), sleeping (I managed to go to sleep for a few hours, and was up again to catch up on my letter reading), and bathing (Then came the greatest of Antarctic luxuriesthe hot shower!). Not that Doumani does not exult in his surroundings; he studs his text with exclamation marks to signify his excitement (There it is! What a sight! It was literally shocking! In my panic I forgot all about the rope! They simply dont give a damn! We had filet mignon!) at the thrills, dangers, and rewards of scientific discovery in a place that, he reminds us constantly, is cold all the time. That datum is about all there is to learn in these relentlessly dull pages. Readers interested in good writing to go along with their armchair travel are advised to turn to Douglas Mawsons Home of the Blizzard and Richard Byrds Alone. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Amer Literary Pr, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1561674761
Book Description Noble House, Baltimore, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition (Unstated). 274 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. ANTARCTICA. Details the trials and tribulations, the laughter and sorrow experienced as part of the efforts during and after the International Geophysical Year (IGY) to unlock the secrets of this harsh and uncompromising environment unwilling to give up its secrets. While most books on polar exploration focus on the heroics and adventure, The Figid Mistress focuses on the human side of the story depicting the interaction among the scientists, civilians, and military personnel and the humoor and friction that develops whenever humans are tossed together in close quarters under trying circumstances and inhuman conditions. (Key Words: George A. Doumani, Exploration, Memoirs, Antarctica, International Geophysical Year, IGY, Byrd Station, Ice, Cold, Isolation). book. Bookseller Inventory # 27972X1