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Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey (vuoden 2014 painos)

– tekijä: Nick Bertozzi (Tekijä), Nick Bertozzi (Kuvittaja)

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Presents, in graphic novel format, the adventures of explorer Ernest Shackleton in the Antarctic.
Teoksen nimi:Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey
Kirjailijat:Nick Bertozzi (Tekijä)
Muut tekijät:Nick Bertozzi (Kuvittaja)
Info:First Second (2014), Edition: Illustrated, 128 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
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Avainsanoja:K20, YA, Biography, Graphic Novel, Explorers

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Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey (tekijä: Nick Bertozzi)



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näyttää 5/5
Very nice, but way too short. Like, everything just feels rushed, and the dialogue doesn't seem like talking, but like explaining to the reader what's happening, because there's not enough space or pages to get that across naturally... you know?
BUT, if this was meant for children or adolescents, then great! ( )
  weberam2 | Nov 24, 2017 |
A somewhat fictionalized graphic account of the harrowing ordeal of the Shackleton expedition to Antarctica. Some of the drama of the story is lost in Bertozzi's compressed narrative but it still serves as a good introduction to this remarkable true adventure story. Suggestions for further reading are unfortunately lacking. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi is one of two graphic novels published in 2014 about Shackleton's attempts to cross Antartica (because he'd missed out on reaching the south pole). This one focuses primarily on his last attempt, one that took place at the start of WWI.

More precisely, it's the story of a dangerous obsession. After so many failures (but a knighthood), you'd think he'd get it through his head that maybe crossing Antartica isn't something that can be safely or realistically reached with late 19th / early 20th century technology and gear.

In this last attempt they miss their opportunity to get to land and the ship is trapped in ice. So rather than trying to abort the mission and get a rescue, they just hang out, eating through all their supplies, playing with the dogs and waiting for the thaw. When the thaw comes, of course the ship is destroyed.

That's not exactly how things played out but that's how the book portrays the events. Shackleton's decisions during the emergency aren't explained.

Now the book takes place in an icy wasteland and it's drawn in black and white. With tiny, highly detailed panels, the artwork is sometimes overwhelming. Sometimes the characters and dogs and other stuff are labeled, but most times they aren't. So it's an irritating story with difficult artwork. ( )
  pussreboots | Feb 13, 2015 |
Bertozzi, author of several other historical/nonfiction graphic novels tackles the epic journeys of Shackleton, specifically the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition in 1914.

The book begins with the failed British expeditions, ending in the disastrous Scott expedition that was beaten by Amundsen and died on the return journey. However, despite setbacks and discouragement, Shackleton was obsessed with the south pole and refused to give up. The expedition intended to be the first group to cross the Antarctic. They had careful plans, a relief ship waiting on the other side, and everything seemed like clear sailing. Unfortunately, they met disaster almost immediately, when their ship was trapped in the ice and crushed. Despite hunger, cold, illness, potential mutiny and hallucinations, the expedition team survived and completed their expedition.

The book opens with an author's note mentioning that some parts of the story were "compressed for dramatic reasons." It ends with an epilogue giving a general idea of what happened to the members later and a list of sources.

The black and white art, neatly divided into small panels, accurately conveys the boredom and endless white wilderness of the Antarctic and the men's grim struggle to survive. Most of the characters are featureless, populating each small panel like posed figures in a silent film, moving a little farther on for each successive step in the story. It's effective and artistic and fits the story well, showing the isolation and privation of the journey.

So, this sounds great, right? Actually, I really disliked this book. The more I read it, the more irritated I got. The book itself is fine, if you're into Antarctic exploration. I'm not. I can discount my boredom on the premise that I'm not interested in the subject matter. What I find really annoying is the fact that we have here yet another book about a dead white male explorer. Again, not my field of interest, but looking at it from my perspective, the guy got funding for an expensive and basically pointless expedition just because he liked wandering around in the Antarctic and wanted to prove a point about the British Empire. What, exactly, was the point of the expedition and why are people still writing books about it? A quick search in our library consortium turns up 136 items on Shackleton, including 5 for children and teens just on the first couple pages. Why do we need another book on the same old, tired canon of male explorers? I'd like to see more biographies of overlooked historical figures - there are plenty of female explorers to choose from.

Verdict: It's not just that I don't like Shackleton (I don't) it's that I'm completely fed up with the continued churning out of biographies of the same group of people. I wouldn't buy any more biographies of Amelia Earhart either. The book would be of interest to someone who has an interest in the topic, but the art style isn't going to attract any of my teen patrons and I'm looking for more diversity in my collection development.

ISBN: 9781596434516; Published 2014 by First Second; Borrowed from another library in my consortium
  JeanLittleLibrary | Aug 31, 2014 |
(updated October 5, 2014)

Ernest Shackleton was a hero. He was one of the last great Antarctic explorers in a time when it seemed that all had been discovered and there would be no new adventures. But Shackleton was not deterred. He assembled a team of the best and brightest and undertook one of the most ambitious expeditions ever undertaken...they would cross Antarctica. The first time such a feat had ever been attempted. Shackleton planned and raised the funds to complete the journey and promised his men that he would lead them all back home. But in order to keep that promise Shackleton and his crew would have to face an unimaginable journey across the deadly ice, cold, and the loss of their ship would stand in their way.

This is not your typical graphic novel. In part because its a biography of an explorer that few people maybe familiar with. And in part because instead of being told about the adventure they went on second hand, like we're hearing about it afterwards through letters or remembrances, we're right there with the characters. Struggling with them as they try to survive the cold, the ice, and the dangers they never saw coming. Nick’s black and white illustrations make it almost feel like we're watching an old black and white news reel and that we're accompanying the team along their journey. Although the illustrations are relatively simple, Nick adds details to keep visual interest that will keep the reader looking for visual imagery that enhances the story. The story here, is also somewhat unfamiliar to most readers. Instead of giving extra details that some books do it's more of a...almost clipped style of conversation. The type that we can really imagine explorers during this age sharing, which gives the book that much more realism.

When I initially read an electronic ARC of the book, one of the things that I missed with a good bibliography/further resources to learn more about Shackleton. The book had caught my attention and I had to resort to reading Wikipedia to learn more about the group. And while Wikipedia is a decent place to get some information, I really wanted more! Thankfully the final print version contains an addendum about the group and Shackleton himself and a list of recommended resources to learn even more about the group, so others have a chance to learn not only about the brave souls that explored the icy unknown, but why they risked their lives to do so.

Overall this is an interesting story of a group of explorers that time has forgotten for more famous names, such as Captain Robert Scott. Nick has let their legacy be known to the world once more and that's a wonderful thing. Although my review is late, the book was published in time for the 100th anniversary of this expedition, in order to help celebrate and honor the men on this journey. I give the book 3.5 out of 5 stars.

ARC provided by Gina at First Second ( )
  zzshupinga | Jan 10, 2014 |
näyttää 5/5
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