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Victim of the Aurora [PDF / Epub] ☉ Victim of the Aurora Author Thomas Keneally – The thrilling story of an ill fated expedition to the South Pole by the bestselling and award winning author of Schindler's ListIn the waning years of the Edwardian era a group of English gentleman ad The thrilling story of an ill fated expedition to the South Pole by the bestselling and award winning author of Schindler's ListIn the waning years of the Edwardian era a group of English gentleman adventurers led by Sir Eugene Stewart launched an expedition to reach the South Pole More than sixty years later Anthony Piers the official artist of the New British South Polar Expedition finally unveils the sobering conditions of their perilous journey raging wind bitter cold fierce hunger absolute darkness and murder The first two decades of the twentieth century were known as Victim of ePUB ↠ the heroic era of Antarctic exploration In Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole Weeks later doomed British explorer Robert Falcon Scott arrived and then perished in a blizzard And in Ernest Shackleton embarked on his infamous voyage to Antarctica Set during this epic period of adventure and discovery Victim of the Aurora re creates a thrilling time in an unforgiving place and is a brilliantly plotted tale of psychological suspense.

About the Author: Thomas Keneally

Tom Keneally in AustraliaLife and CareerBorn in Sydney Keneally was educated at St Patrick's College Strathfield where a writing prize was named after him He entered St Patrick's Seminary Manly to train as a Catholic priest but left before his ordination He worked as a Sydney schoolteacher before his success as a novelist and he was a lecturer at the University of New England – He has also written screenplays memoirs and non fiction booksKeneally was known as Mick until but began using the name Thomas when he started publishing after advice from his Victim of ePUB ↠ publisher to use what was really his first name He is most famous for his Schindler's Ark later republished as Schindler's List which won the Booker Prize and is the basis of the film Schindler's List Many of his novels are reworkings of historical material although modern in their psychology and styleKeneally has also acted in a handful of films He had a small role in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith based on his novel and played Father Marshall in the Fred Schepisi movie The Devil's Playground not to be confused with a similarly titled documentary by Lucy Walker about the Amish rite of passage called rumspringaIn he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia AO He is an Australian Living TreasureHe is a strong advocate of the Australian republic meaning the severing of all ties with the British monarchy and published a book on the subject in Our Republic Several of his Republican essays appear on the web site of the Australian Republican MovementKeneally is a keen supporter of rugby league football in particular the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles club of the NRL He made an appearance in the rugby league drama film The Final Winter In March the Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd gave an autographed copy of Keneally's Lincoln biography to President Barack Obama as a state giftMost recently Thomas Keneally featured as a writer in the critically acclaimed Australian drama Our Sunburnt CountryThomas Keneally's nephew Ben is married to the former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally.

10 thoughts on “Victim of the Aurora

  1. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    I think listening to this as an audiobook was not ideal for this book in hindsight I think reading it as a regular book and being able to flick back and forth would have been beneficial I also put it aside for 2 weeks when I went on holiday which also didn't help with keeping the storyline and characters straight in my mind I liked the setting of Antarctica and maybe one day I'll read this as a normal book and may appreciate it

  2. Christine Christine says:

    What is it about men and polar ice? And what is it about those of us who never do anything so well pick your adjective but read about it anyway?Keneally's book details the story of an ill fated perhaps pole trip where there is a murder Imagine the middle of nowhere a small shack and some one is a killerUnless that ghost isn't a ghostThis is far shorter and pre dates Simmons book The Terror It als is far of a character study and the struggle to come to terms not only with the times and right and wrong I can see why Peter Ackroyd loved it

  3. Sandy Sexton Sandy Sexton says:

    Leaving aside any plot summary the religious parallels in this novel are strong We have the all knowing trinity made up of Sir Eugene Stewart the leader of the expedition to Antarctica Anthony Piers the artist and Alec Dryden the man in charge of the scientific staff They are the only ones aware that the death of the accompanying journalist was murder and agree to let the rest of the crew believe it was an accident while they investigate When the journal revealing the sins of those on the expedition is discovered the trinity is now aware of the wrong doings of everyone Crew members feel the need to confess and explain their misdeeds and seem to find absolution Reading the text as an exploration of the power and purpose of religion may have spoiled some of the mystery for me but I did enjoy the descriptions of the landscape and the lifestyle of the explorers which seemed very realistic

  4. Les Wilson Les Wilson says:

    This is a very interesting book that reads just like a biography

  5. Mikee Mikee says:

    This was a good read well written and fairly accurate in its depictions of the Southern Continent The details of the plot however are a bit weak Good entertainment though

  6. Jack Heath Jack Heath says:

    Synopsis an ill fated expedition tries for the South Pole Sir Eugene Stewart and company Later we learn of bitter cold hunger and murder

  7. Anna Anna says:

    'Victim of the Aurora' is a fascinating novel set during an expedition to the South Pole but not actually about the expedition itself as such The events chronicled by the narrator Anthony Piers demonstrate the undercurrents beneath the usual accounts of bravery and hardiness in such extreme circumstances The plot unfolds gradually but inexorably involving from the very beginning Anthony is an interesting narrator who regularly acknowledges his hindsight and second guesses himself The other men on the expedition gradually become than heroic cyphers The central theme of this novel to my mind is that of internal as opposed to external threat Those in the expedition expect to find in the Antarctic the simplicity of everything external trying to freeze them coupled with total assurance within both the buildings and the people of the expedition As the plot proceeds the narrator and others realise that this is not the case and that the problems and conflicts of 'civilised' life cannot be wholly left behind Instead they simmer beneath the surface of expedition life I thought the novel conveyed the hypocrisy self consciousness emotional repression and class snobbery of Edwardian gentlemen very effectively Without giving anything away and thus spoiling some of the reading experience I can say that I was impressed with the creepiness of various points in the story Notably all that took place relating to Forbes Chalmers The sense of claustrophobic mystery was well judged This is not a horror novel but at points it is deeply unsettling That said it is also just plain enjoyable I can't help being fascinated by uninhabited places at the extremes of climate especially beautiful snowy wastes garlanded by the Northern Lights 'Victim of the Aurora' provides a fresh and strikingly different perspective upon the behaviour of people men in such a place

  8. Lara Lara says:

    Despite some difficulty withwell just the s of Edwardian society I really enjoyed this book a lot Keneally has created an Antarctic expedition that takes place in 1909 based on an amalgamation of the Scott Shackleton and Mawson expeditions that took place around that time in real life It's a fairly satisfying murder mystery in that while I didn't ultimately find the murderer a surprise Keneally did manage to surprise me with the motive and the final outcome and the red herrings are actuallyreally interesting But what Keneally does exceptionally well here is to conjur up the claustrophobic atmosphere of an Antarctic winter the cold the dark and the horror of being trapped in such a place with a murderer especially when the murderer must most likely be a member of your own small expedition And when you find out who it is what do you do about it? It's beautifully done and the ending isso sad and shocking I had a hard time putting this downThen again that might just be because as you might have noticed I have a tiny obsession with the heroic age of Antarctic exploration and this novel just fit right in with that In any case I'll probably read this again one day it seems like one of those that is even better the second time through when you know what you're looking for And it definitely makes me want to give some of Keneally's other books a try

  9. Krysten Krysten says:

    I wish this book were twice as long as it is Keneally slows down the action at somewhat maddening points I liked the perspective of the aged former polar explorer uite a lot and wished there were details about his post Antarctica life I very much appreciated that Keneally pretty much skipped the journey to Antarctica which would have taken ages by ship and would have been recorded in painstaking detail by a writer from the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration I am looking at you Scott Shackleton et al and is usually remarked upon at length even in contemporary Antarctic literature These people should take a cue from Thomas Keneally Some details are just not interestingWere this book set anywhere but Antarctica I would never have given it a second glance Old fashioned murder mystery? Not my jam I liked it though and I loved the cynical perspective of the narrator who had come of age in the early 1900s and lived for many decades after that in his age able to see the innocence and prejudice of the Edwardian period

  10. Laura Laura says:

    Just arrived from Australia through BMThis is the story of the new British South Polar expedition in 1910 when Captain Eugene Stewart is challenged to find the murder among his crew of Victor Henneker an expedition journalistThe book is very well written and describes the rigors and loneliness of the Antarctic wastesAmong the narrative two interesting books are mentioned by the author such as The Sea Wolf by Jack London and Trilby by George du MaurierNow I must read some book by Ernest Shackleton in order to have a better description of the exploration of the Antarctic's continent

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