152 x 227 x 18mm
America's greatest literary naturalist takes readers to the world's most unforgiving land, in one of the most remote places on Earth.
An acclaimed writer and devoted naturalist, Peter Matthiessen, has treated readers to astonishing works of lyricism and loss for more than 50 years. Matthiessen is finely attuned to vanishings in our world, but always in a manner that increases our appreciation of what remains. Now, in his latest work, Matthiessen documents two voyages bound for the wild and storied "White House", a region that has enthralled such explorers as Shackleton, Amundsen, and Peary.
In 'End Of The Earth', Matthiessen treats readers to sharp-eyed evaluations of the effects of pollution and global warming in this serenely remote setting, which holds 90 percent of the planet's fresh water, the creatures inhabiting this far-flung territory, as well as eloquent disquisitions on the regions' history. With awe and wonder, he describes the waters off South Georgia Island, which are the richest whale-feeding grounds in the world, and the unsurpassed 11-foot wingspan of he wandering albatrosses that make Antarctica their home.
With insight and beautiful language, Matthiessen converts his travels to this notoriously harsh location into an opportunity to embrace, with boundless curiosity, a host of landscapes and creatures. After 28 books and decades of travel, Matthiessen's passion for the natural world is undiminished, and 'End Of The Earth' is a moving testament to his ongoing mission to transfer the beauty of the wild into the beauty of the written word.