*I FORGOT TO CLICK SEND THIS MORNING SORRY!* The book opens with a segment by Lansing explaining how a variety of diaries, documents, and interviews from all members possible were used in order to create the most accurate account possible. Lansing says the attempt is to "re-create in the pages that follow as true a picture of the events as we could collectively produce" but also highlights that he, and he alone, takes responsibility for any "inaccuracies or misinterpretations." This sort of group oriented perspective I think manifests itself nicely in the actual text. I like that Lansing himself was not on the expedition so it is, in some respect, unbiased-- as far as we know, which I acknowledge we don't fully. Drawing on all of these resources however makes me feel attached to the text, trust it, and want to believe that it is in fact truth.
Lansing frequently uses phrases that indicate general feelings of the entire crew. For instance: "Among the other men too, the feeling of security was rapidly disappearing" (48). Or: most of them were quite sincerely happy... It was an observation typical of the entire party" (69).
These statements seem believable since they are extracted from a group of diaries, so generalizations about overall morale, thoughts, and worries can be made or dispelled. I think this makes the book extremely interesting- I really do feel like we get insight into not only the leadership of Shackleton, but the camaraderie of the shipmates, and the overall vibes of the expedition. This makes for enjoyable reading.