Sunny对《The White Darkness》的笔记(1)

The White Darkness
  • 书名: The White Darkness
  • 作者: David Grann
  • 页数: 160
  • 出版社: Doubleday Books
  • 出版年: 2018-10-30
  • 第24页

    Polar expeditions, marked by deprivation and claustrophobia, serve as a laboratory for testing human dynamics. History is studded with accounts of members of parties bickering, backstabbing, slandering, and even, in some cases, mutinying and murdering. Shackleton, who had witnessed on the Scott expedition the corrosive tensions among team members, sought recruits with the qualities that he deemed essential for polar exploration: First, optimism; second, patience; third, physical endurance; forth, idealism; fifth and last, courage."

    P 84

    With nothing to stare but ice, Worsley was becoming a connoisseur of its varieties. It could be squeaky or pwdery or crusty. The wind often sculpted it into waves, known as sastrugi, which rose as high as four feet and sometimes extended, in parallel rows, to the horizon. Then, there was the deep, sludgy ice, the most wretched of all, which made them feel like they were plowing through wet sand. Because it was more taxing to be up front, breaking track, the men took hourly turns in the lead.

    Worsley, knowing that it was imperative to maintain positive thoughts, recalled family holidays and planting vegetables in the garden. He grew accustomed to the paradox of being reduced to irrelevance in the alien landscape while at the same time feeling acutely aware of oneself: every aching muscle, every joint, every breath, every heartbeat. He said that he preferred breaking track, despite its difficulties, because all you saw in front of you was "the infinite beyond."

    describe as "miserable, mind-numbing, monochromatic monotony."

    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

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