The carpenter has a very fine cat who is known as "Mrs. Chippie..." -- from the diary of Commander F. A. Worsley, captain of Shackleton' s "Endurance." When Sir Ernest Shackleton' s ship "Endurance" became trapped in the Antarctic ice, all twenty-nine members of the crew were pushed to their limits of survival, including Mrs. Chippy, the ship' s estimable cat. Fortunately for posterity, Mrs. Chippy left a diary of the ordeal. Closely based on the true events of Shackleton' s heroic journey, and illustrated with authentic photographs taken by Frank Hurley, expedition photographer, "Mrs. Chippy' s Last Expedition" is a firsthand account of one of the greatest adventures in history--from a unique point of view.
Mascara warning:I am sure I cried at some point reading this.
The narrative covers the year Endurance spent trapped in the ice so there's a lot of waiting around, and when he's not tormenting the dogs, Mrs Chippy spends a good deal of his time sleeping, sorry "supervising the stores room" and "testing the bunks." But aside from the cuteness of the gimmick - Chippy is written genuinely believing himself a crew member with important supervisory duties on an equal, or even superior, footing to the human explorers - the cat's perspective creates a very egalitarian lens through which to view this quite rigorously hierarchical expedition. In Chippy's eyes lower-class characters like Blackborow and the cook, who are often overlooked in more canonical expedition narratives, really come to take centre stage and the book paints a vivid picture of everyday life below decks.