The story of the survival of British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and the crew of his vessel 'The Endurance', which shipwrecked in the ice floes and frigid open ocean of the Antarctic in 1914. After a difficult two years, the crew was finally rescued. Shackleton's historic story is recounted and re-created.
The story of Ernest Shackleton's unsuccessful but nonetheless curiously triumphant attempt to traverse the Antarctic landmass has been chronicled many times before, beginning with Shackleton's own memoir, "South," published in 1919 and the basis for a haunting silent documentary of the same name. The tale, in any case, is so gripping, so full of improbable turns and agonizing reversals that it bears repeating. What is most remarkable about "Endurance" is how close it brings you, using the means at its disposal, to the raw experience of the voyage itself. A. O. Scott
2001-10-19 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition