One Day the Ice Will Reveal All Its Dead

By Clare Dudman
Read by Christopher Lane

12.62 Hours 03/01/2004 unabridged
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In his lifetime Alfred Wegener was a German meteorologist who was better known for his offbeat scientific adventures than for his now famous theory of continental drift. In this lushly imagined and beautifully written novel, Clare Dudman charts his life from his birth in 1880 to his last daring Arctic exploration in 1930. Dudman vividly chronicles the key episodes that punctuated his life, such as his 1906 record-setting long-distance balloon flight; his several expeditions to Greenland; his passionate love for his long-suffering wife; his investigations into meteorites, lunar craters, and the formation of raindrops; and his horrific experiences in the trenches of World War I. Dudman also tells of his struggle to defend his theories, a struggle that forced him to leave all that he loved to make one final, fateful, expedition to Greenland at the age of forty-nine.

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Summary

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In his lifetime Alfred Wegener was a German meteorologist who was better known for his offbeat scientific adventures than for his now famous theory of continental drift. In this lushly imagined and beautifully written novel, Clare Dudman charts his life from his birth in 1880 to his last daring Arctic exploration in 1930. Dudman vividly chronicles the key episodes that punctuated his life, such as his 1906 record-setting long-distance balloon flight; his several expeditions to Greenland; his passionate love for his long-suffering wife; his investigations into meteorites, lunar craters, and the formation of raindrops; and his horrific experiences in the trenches of World War I. Dudman also tells of his struggle to defend his theories, a struggle that forced him to leave all that he loved to make one final, fateful, expedition to Greenland at the age of forty-nine.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Dudman artfully channels Wegener’s voice—prim and fastidious, but filled with longing—so convincingly that her book reads like an artifact of Old World exploration.” New Yorker
“The emotional yet understated final scenes are particularly fine.” Publishers Weekly
“The animus of motivation, the thrill of adventure, and the terrifying beauty of a forbidden region are all described with profound insight.” Daily Telegraph
“Dudman gets inside Wegener’s ideas and makes them seem as exciting now as they did three-quarters of a century ago…a splendid vehicle for a depiction of a time, not so long ago, when science could still cost you your life.” Independent
“Dudman has clearly done her research, presenting a thorough, as well as a thoroughly intriguing, novel that beautifully portrays one truly fascinating man.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Clare Dudman

Clare Dudman was born in North Wales and has worked as an industrial research and development scientist. She is married with two sons and lives in Chester. This is her first novel.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 12.62
Audience: Adult
Language: English