Chasing the Light

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Chasing the Light

Chasing the Light It s the early s Antarctic open sea whaling is booking and a territorial race for the mysterious continent is in full swing Aboard a ship setting sail from Cape Town carrying the Norwegian whaling

  • Title: Chasing the Light
  • Author: Jesse Blackadder
  • ISBN: 9780732296049
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s the early 1930s Antarctic open sea whaling is booking and a territorial race for the mysterious continent is in full swing.Aboard a ship setting sail from Cape Town carrying the Norwegian whaling magnate Lars Christensen are three women Lillemor Rachlew, who tricked her way on to the ship and will stop at nothing to be the first woman to land on Antarctica MathildeIt s the early 1930s Antarctic open sea whaling is booking and a territorial race for the mysterious continent is in full swing.Aboard a ship setting sail from Cape Town carrying the Norwegian whaling magnate Lars Christensen are three women Lillemor Rachlew, who tricked her way on to the ship and will stop at nothing to be the first woman to land on Antarctica Mathilde Wegger, a grieving widow who s been forced to join the trip by her calculating parents in law and Lars s wife, Ingrid Christensen, who has longed to travel to Antarctica since she was a girl and has made a daunting bargain with Lars to convince him to take her.As they head south through icy waters, the race is on for the first woman to land on Antarctica None of them expect the outcome and none of them know how they will be changed by their arrival.Based on the little known true story of the first woman to ever set foot on Antarctica, Jesse Blackadder has captured the drama, danger and magnetic pull of exploring uncharted places in our world and our minds.

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    1. Carolyn on said:

      This was a fascinating fictional account of the first women to visit Antarctica. Long denied inclusion in male dominated excursions to the North and South Poles women eventually ventured to Anctarctica as passengers on the Norwegian whaling fleet. In this account, Jesse Blackadder imagines what it must have been like to be a young woman on such a journey. In her appendix, Blackadder relates what is known of the women, Ingrid Christensen wife of whaling king Lars Christensen and her female compan [...]

    2. Kate Forsyth on said:

      This is the most beautiful, haunting novel about the first women in Antarctica - I'd really recommend it to anyone who loves books about forgotten women in history (in fact, I'd recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction.)

    3. Jennifer (JC-S) on said:

      ‘But all explorations were funded by something, Lars had told her more than once.’Ingrid Christensen has waited for twenty years for her husband Lars to meet his promise to take her to Antarctica. Twenty years, during which Ingrid has given birth to six children and Lars has built a whaling empire. In 1931, subject to conditions, Lars agrees to take Ingrid with him when he sails to the Southern Ocean as part of his whaling business. A landing in Antarctica may be possible. One of Lars's cond [...]

    4. Max Coggan on said:

      An excellent novel of historical fiction. 1930’s. funded explorations of theAntarctica life in Norway and powerful men motivated women who want to achieve the blood and guts of the whaling industry d the power of large companies.

    5. Jennifer Mangler on said:

      Others who wrote reviews of this book seem to adore it. I did not. It bothered me quite a lot to get to the end and to find two of the driving forces behind Lars and Ingrid's actions in the book were completely fictional. I get this is a fictional account, but completely fabricating their motivations is a bridge too far for me. Also, I had serious issues with how awful the women were to each other. It really reinforces the stereotype that women don't get along, that they don't support each other [...]

    6. Ruth Bonetti on said:

      In the 1930's, three women are determined to travel to the Antarctic, hoping to be the 'first woman' to set foot there. Two employ whatever wiles they can to board the expedition, the third is an unwilling companion. The opening chapters introduce us to these women, after a preface by another and a chapter about one who was denied the opportunity to travel south. Consequently, it took me a while to become absorbed in the book, and to differentiate the five women. Once aboard, their personalities [...]

    7. Hazel Edwards on said:

      Collecting books on Antarctica is my hobby. Have just finished 'Chasing the Light'.I thought it the most enjoyable faction read about Antarctica or elsewhere. Technically beautifully crafted via the varied women's viewpoints, motives and historic setting. Quality characterisation and I'd be delighted to recommend it for those attempting new techniques for writing about historical settings in my 'Writing Non Boring Family History' workshops. But also the mystique of Antarctica was captured in the [...]

    8. Jane Massingham on said:

      After a visit from Jesse to my children's school to talk about Antarctica, I was compelled to buy her book Chasing the Light. Jesse has a way of engaging all ages into her story and knowing this was inspired by strong women in history made me want to read it (along with the fact that I loved Raven's Heart). Again, it wasn't bogged down in historical facts, but had enough to "furnish" the story well. Love the story and felt that I was actually there feeling the cold, the storms, the rocking of th [...]

    9. Jennie Diplock-Storer on said:

      Wonderful, unputdownable book, a novel based on fact. The story of 3 women, in the 1930's, who, for different reasons, travel to Antartica, hoping to be the first female to put a foot on this new continent. These women have very different lives, stories & personalities. The dynamics they bring to a male environment of whaling ships & their crews is variable. In some way, each woman is changed dramatically by this journey. The biographical portraits are featured at the end of the book. I [...]

    10. Beaulah Pragg on said:

      Chasing the Light: A Novel of Antarctica, by Jesse Blackadder, admittedly spent most of its time in Norway and at sea, but I loved the opportunity to explore the world of 1930's Norwegian exploration (and whaling) through the eyes of three unusual Norwegian women caught up in the race to be the first woman to set foot on Antarctica.One of the women, Ingrid Christensen (the wife of Norwegian whaling magnate Lars Christensen) ended up with a whole coast of Antarctica named after her - but would yo [...]

    11. Dianne Maguire on said:

      Jesse Blackadder's 'Sixty Seconds' captured me from the first paragraph, so I was automatically drawn to 'Chasing the Light' and although the story did not wrap itself around me as 'Sixty Seconds' had, I was not disappointed. Jesse Blackadder's way with words, her heartfelt prose and her intelligence which shines through her stories to simultaneously dig at the heart and entertain make her one of my favourite authors of this time. Keep writing Jesse!

    12. THE BOOK SHUTTLE Children's Online Bookstore on said:

      During the 1930′s the isolated waters of Antarctica had become a place of intrigue for explorers, and a huge killing field for the whaling industry. Many had made the trip to this mysterious part of the world before the 1930′s but it took some strong and adventurous women to be the first to travel to Antarctica.Jesse Blackadder has combined historical facts and true people with fiction to create a most wonderful novel. It starts with the character Ingrid Christensen, a Norwegian woman marrie [...]

    13. Jane on said:

      I read everything I could get my hands on about Antarctica when I was younger, I was fascinated with what is now known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. I read the accounts of Shackleton's expeditions and of Scott's who trudged his way to the South Pole only to be pipped at the post by Amundsen the Norwegian, (who in the eyes of the British had 'cheated' by using dogs and sleds to get there) and also of the terrible ordeal that the Australian explorer, Mawson endured as the only surviv [...]

    14. Lauren Chater on said:

      This was seriously one of the best books I have read in a long timeA wonderfully reimagining of the race to become the first woman to set foot on Antarctica, Chasing The Light is exquisitely written with characters who are so complex and well-drawn you won't want to give them up at the end of the novel!I suppose I am still on a high because I just finished this; I'm still imagining myself in Antarctica, although I would probably be one of those women in the saloon drinking coffee that Jesse Blac [...]

    15. Robyn Mundy on said:

      My favourite moment of Chasing The Light was Ingrid Christensen's interaction with a blue whale, observed by explorer Hjalmar Riiser-Larsen. "'I'd give up some of my greatest discoveries for what you just had,' he said, his voice low" (p. 290). I found Antarctica's 1930s whaling world both gruesome and compelling, one that offered an alternate vision to the era of Antarctic exporation. The vexed relationships between the three 'first women' bound for Antarctica injected tension and drama through [...]

    16. Justine McClymont on said:

      I have just put down Jesse Blackadder's Chasing the Light and feel like I've been on an amazing adventure. I was totally captured by the story of the race to the deep waters of the Antarctic. From the moment Ingrid, Mathilde and Lillemore stepped onto the ship, I felt like I was there with them sailing south into the unknown.Chasing the Light explores longings, fears, desires and obsessions within the smothering confines of a ship sailing through the elements into an unknown land.The complexitie [...]

    17. Amanda on said:

      Another title for my AWW commitment and one I enjoyed very much. Blackadder has taken the characters around the landing of the first women in Antarctica and woven them into a imaginative and credible story, rich in detail and with a strong sense of place. The descriptions of the voyage and the icebergs were vivid and truly evocative. Her character development is superb, especially that of the women, who truly come across as complex and multidimensional.I'd never even given any thought to this to [...]

    18. Irene Waters on said:

      My choice for book club - it was highly rated.Highly recommended. It starts off in Scandinavia and London setting the lives of three very different women who become travel companions on a trip to Antarctica - the first women to go. How their personalities play out in the confines of the ship, the wonderful description of the landscape (I have been to Greenland and tried in vain to describe the icebergs however, the author, Jesse Blackadder does it superbly. You are drawn in and suddenly you real [...]

    19. Nike Sulway on said:

      I love the material this book draws on. The story of the first women to travel to Antarctica, the last days of the whale hunting industry, and the romantic adventurousness, particularly of women, of the period are all really fascinating.Reading this book made me curious about the real people whose adventures inspired it, including Lillemor Rachlew, Ingrid Christensen and Mathilde Wegger, and the conditions under which they travelled. I can't wait to find a copy of the essay Jesse Blackadder wrot [...]

    20. Ulla on said:

      I thought the start was a bit slow and I didn't get why these three women should be mixed up in the story, but everything became clear very soon!They have all actually been to Antraktis and they way this trip changed at least two of them was wonderful.The beauty of this novel are the descriptions of the ice, the water, the light or lack of it, the penguins and the whales. I honestly feel I've been there myself now; everything became so alive!Jesse Blackadder deserves big cheers for writing the n [...]

    21. Mary-lou on said:

      I went to the Albury 'write around the Murray' writers festival and heard Jesse Blackadder speak and this inspired me to buy this book. It is historical fiction but the sort that I love whereby in an afterword the author shares the accurate history with you ( as far as that can be done any way). The book was brilliant, helped I suppose by the fact that I always love stories about Antarctica. I've read it very spare moment I've been able to make in the last 48 hours. Can't wait to order and read [...]

    22. Anne Hayes on said:

      Beautifully written and a gripping read. I hesitated when this book crossed my path as its not my usual genre, however with an impending trip to Antarctica, wanted to experience it though the eyes of someone who has been there. I went so far as to undertake some research into the life of Ingrid Christensen after finishing the book. The insight into the roots of the Norwegian whaling industry was both disturbing and enlightening. It has no place in the modern economy. Great job Jesse Blackadder.

    23. Helen on said:

      Admittedly, I love Antarctica, so most literature attached to it gets my vote anyway. Reading the research behind the story is as fascinating as the story itself. I think Blackadder(a name to kill for) writes of the ineffable well, the change in Mathilde, in Ingrid, and to a lesser degree, Lillemor.Three women, three motivations played out well.I finished the book in two days of dedicated reading, and all that talk of ice and snow saved me during Melbourne's heat wave.

    24. Anita on said:

      Nicely balanced. Complex female characters. The descriptions of Antarctica don't become dull. I liked the balance of fiction and non-fiction (the real people's names were used, but the relationships were imagined), which in other contexts might have been presumptuous. I appreciated this being made clear at the beginning. I started with the afterword which gave a brief factual account of the events.

    25. Happy on said:

      Brrrr, I could really feel the cold Antarctic weather in my bones whilst reading this book. I enjoyed everything about the story even the women's shocking behaviour with each other (at times). Jesse's descriptions of the countries travelled throughout the book really took you there - on each page I could feel the weather and see the places Jesse was writing about along with the feelings of torment and exhilaration.

    26. Kara Dunn on said:

      Awesome! By far the best book I have read this year; brilliant characters, written at the pace of a thriller and thus page turner quality! I was very emotionally engaged/involved and fascinated by the contrasting aspects of the 3 women - still turning that over in mind after finishing it. Bring on the sequel :)

    27. Lauren Stevens on said:

      I quite enjoyed this book. One would think that the tale of being on a boat with not much else to do would be dull, but it was very entertaining. I loved the way the author used historical figures and actual facts and blended them with an engaging fictional story to make it more cohesive. I liked the characters, and everyone seemed to grow towards the end of the book.

    28. Cynthia on said:

      This story had several layers to it, which made for an enjoyable story. Three Norwegian women leave Cape Town to be the first women to land on Antarctica on a ship bound to collect whale oil from the fleet whaling in the southern waters. Whaling processes, Antarctica and each other affects them all in different ways.

    29. Hayley Poynton on said:

      This was a fabulous and unique read. The characters had amazing depth and the story is fascinating; I wanted so much for this to be the 'true' story rather than a fictional account. The challenges faced by the three women vividly explore what it was like to live in a world dominated by the men around you. Loved it.

    30. Ann Graham on said:

      Love anything about the Antarctic and this did not disappoint. I did think the author took a few too many liberties with the truth and was disconcerted to read that Ingrid didn't actually land in Antarctica until quite a few years later than was revealed in this fiction.

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