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A short delightful book, written in Helen Garner's usual humorous, but biting manner. Helen goes to Antarctica, sailing with a group of other tourists, of whom she is very critical because of their constant use of cameras, which she feels stop them from really seeing what they are photographing. Then later on in the book she admits that she has a disposable camera in her luggage, bought at the last moment, However, she doesn't use it! Her experiences of this trip make wonderful reading for the armchair traveller: also her beautiful descriptions of the snow, the penguins (which she didn't like), and the cold, which she felt so unprepared for. Great writing.
Inadvertently thought it was an actual book about Antarctica with some depth then found it merely a chapter of a brief voyage that barely scratched at its border. If I ever get to the Drake passage I will place the sad brief tome in the bottom of a sick-bag where it belongs