The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen
by Stephen R. Bown
Reviewed By Barry Mutter
“ His cheeks are leathery and folded in hard creases, with a fine network of wrinkles spreading out from the corners of a map of all the dog trails hehas run. . . . .It is a face carved in a cliff, the face of a Viking.” Roald Amundsen was an explorer. He was obsessed with going where no man has gone before. The poles of the Arctic and the Antarctic were his destinations. Stephen Bown has written a biography of Amundsen that reads like an adventure novel. The deprivation, the physical hardship, the extreme elements of weather, and the several brushes with death prevail in the life of Roald. The exhilaration of discovery and the humiliation of human frailty impact the life of Roald Amundsen.
Bown absorbs the reader in the life of his character. You cannot help but to share the emotional highs and lows of Roald Amundsen in Bown’s book. Bown is also releasing his book The Company: The Rise and Fall of the Hudson Bay Company. For readers with a sense of adventure read both books. His writing is gripping and promises to fulfil a readers need for inspiration.
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