Thursday, September 12, 2013

Book review: "Ice Bound" by Jerri Nielsen

Jerri Nielsen's 2002 book, "Ice Bound," slowly drew me in. By the end, it fell into the can't-put-it-down category. I really liked the descriptions of life at the South Pole (the difficulties of living there were far beyond what I imagined), and became caught up in her battle over cancer.

There were a few things I might quibble about: Her relationship (or lack of relationship) with her ex-husband and children hangs mysteriously in the background without resolution. Clearly, there's more going on there than she explains. Also, in describing life at the station, she seems to overemphasize the parties. At times you wonder: Aren't these people there to do some work?

Still, it's a compelling story driven by colorful characters, day-to-day dramas, and the cancer and eventual rescue that you know is coming at the end.

The full title is "Ice Bound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle For Survival at the South Pole."


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