One Will to Rule Them All

October 4, 2013

Happy Friday Everyone!

Wow, it’s been a while! I haven’t glogged in approximately three months. Speaking of three months, I want to share with you an outstanding piece of literature I read in English class this past week. It’s called Mawson’s Will by Leonard Bickel. This book is one that turned the pages itself. I know, I know, a teenage boy actually enjoyed a book he read in English class! It sounds fishy doesn’t it…

This book is the captivating story of a man who set out to explore the Antarctic circle. The main character, Sir Douglass Mawson, sets the bar high for any story of survival. After losing members of his team, both men and dogs, the book tells the story of Mawson’s attempt to survive the Antarctic weather, natural obstacles, and probably the most difficult of all, depression.

This book was truly an unbelievable read. The details in the writing and the various journal entries made me feel like I was really there, living through the experience with him. It brought me back to some memories of Junior Four Point. Granted, his situation was actually life threatening, mine wasn’t. But, in the book Mawson described the sound of a heavy snow/hail falling against his tent. I was instantly taken back to March 8th 2013. I was out on solo and in my sleeping bag . I was really only a few miles above a local swimming hole, but it felt like I was really far from anything. All of a sudden, I realized that a storm was rolling in. Without any warning, there was this pelting sound on my overhead tarp. I stepped outside and was hit by multiple thick balls of hail/snow. I was overcome with a feeling of hopelessness.

So, remember when I said it has been three months since I blogged?  That is approximately the time that Mawson’s team spent on their trip to the South Pole. If that doesn’t make you want to read this book, to learn the story of survival of over a three month period, then you’re crazy!

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Here is the link to the book on Amazon. I promise you, it will be the best $11.58 you have ever spent.

http://www.amazon.com/Mawsons-Will-Greatest-Survival-Written/dp/1586420003

I really owe the discovery of this book to Mr. Riley, my English teacher.

Until Next Week,

Alec

 

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