Author: David Grann
Release: October 30th 2018
Received: BOTM Review Copy
I received an advanced copy of The White Darkness in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The White Darkness is the true story of Henry Worsley and his impressive and monumental treks through Antarctica. I hadn’t followed his journey live at the time, and part of me regrets that now. Still, David Grann did a wonderful job collecting anecdotes, images, and tales of Worsley’s numerous adventures, and I am very grateful for that.
When I first started reading this I had trouble wrapping my head around how recent the events actually were. I know that may sound weird, but for some reason I kept thinking it had to be an older story than that. Perhaps because the origin of these adventures started over a century ago?
Henry Worsley was a wonderful and determined man, one who was hopefully of following in Ernest Shackleton’s footsteps. No, that’s not quite it. He was hoping to surpass him. He had high goals in life, and he never once let that intimidate him. This novel lays out everything perfect, from his inspiration, to his obsession, to the planning and beyond. It was all beautifully done.
The images selected to go along with this novel were absolutely beautiful. Some of them were photos of Worsley or his team, while others were of the scenery around. All of them took my breath away.
I’m not going to lie to you; by the end of this book I was crying my eyes out. So I think you should prepare for that potential as well. David Grann will force you to acknowledge the man that Henry Worsley was, and thus the loss will be so much more painful. I think Grann did a wonderful job of reminding us of the human behind these adventures, and I’m very thankful for that.