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Death is the permanent cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living, physical organism. Death may refer to the end of life as either an event or condition. In many cultures and in the arts, death is considered a being or otherwise personified , wherein it is usually capitalized as "Death". The layers of acquired knowledge peel away from the mind like a cosmetic and reveal, in patches, the naked flesh beneath, the authentic being hidden there.

And I had already glimpsed him, faint, obscured by their encrustations, but all the more valuable, all the more urgent. I scorned henceforth that secondary, learned being whom education had pasted over him. And I would compare myself to a palimpsest; I shared the thrill of the scholar who beneath more recent script discovers.


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Simple threat of death for those who resisted was not enough because many would prefer death to slavery. So the Assyrians developed the technology to produce the maximum amount of pain for the longest amount of time prior to death.

It was called crucifixion. This ingenious procedure proved to be a very effective terror tactic indeed. It was the policy of the Roman Empire to adopt from conquered peoples whatever appeared useful. They found crucifixion an excellent tool of intimidation. The humiliation of being stripped naked to die in a public spectacle was particularly loathsome to Jews for whom public nudity was an abomination. Incidentally, crucifixion was deemed so horrible that Roman law forbade that it be carried out on a Roman citizen, even a traitor. It was reserved only for slaves and conquered peoples.

Non-Christians have often asked a very good question—why do Christians adorn their churches, homes, and necks with a symbol of abasement, terror, and torture? Anselm 12th century explained it this way. Deceived by the serpent, Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit in defiance of God because they wanted to exalt themselves as His equal. The results were catastrophic—loss of communion with God, each other, and the created universe. The history of the human race has been a story in which each one of us, weakened by the impact of this sin on our nature, have followed its pattern, proudly refusing to obey God and love our neighbor.

Anselm pointed out sin constitutes an infinite offense against the goodness and honor of God. Having been created free and responsible, bound by the law of justice, our race is obliged to offer acts of love, humility and obedience to God powerful enough to cancel out the long legacy of disobedience, pride, and un-love and restore our friendship with him.

I must remember this book when I want to complain about degree temperature in August. I must remember temperatures of 70 below zero with wind and wet and blindness on top of that.

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However, they press on southward along this path in the face of glaciers, oncoming winter, and dwindling supplies, only to become stuck, frozen in the ice for two years along the west coast of King William Island. They press on at the insistence of the expedition leader, Sir John Franklin, and against the advice of other seasoned explorers and naval officers, including Francis Crozier, the book's central character. Eventually, the men have to abandon ship and take off on foot across King William Island to try to find a passage south and, hopefully, rescue.

The men die slowly from disease, starvation, and exposure as time wears on, and sometimes they also die suddenly as the land or its inhabitants betray them and their expectations. The Terror is a long novel at pages, and it is long for this very reason. The slow death of over a hundred men cannot be represented quickly.

It is also a surprisingly suspenseful novel, given the facts of the case.

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We know, with the assistance of some quick internet research, that there were no survivors, there was no rescue. To this day, no one really knows exactly what happened to this expedition. Yet we read on, willing the men to survive, to find a way out of this awful mess. There are fanciful less than strictly factual elements to the story, too, including a large creature that stalks the ships and kills men easily, a creature that is not merely physical, but spirit.

And the final chapters of the book turn from realist representations of attempts at survival in the fatal north to mythic representations of Inuit culture and finally to a synthesis between the two. I haven't fully decided yet how to feel about these inclusions.

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Do they weaken the very vivid realism of the novel and diminish the terror of the terrain itself as well as the terror of the evil that grows in some men in such situations? Or do they reinforce these elements, standing in as metaphors for the dangers of the north and the dangers of some humans? One thing these inclusions certainly do is reveal the stark contrast between the European expedition's goals and methods and the madness of these goals and methods with the knowledge and skill the native people have in this land.

The Englishmen carried with them, from England and then from their ships, cutlery, books, jewelry, trinkets. They did not know how to survive and yet they thought they would conquer this frozen world. Franklin's very insistence on pushing forward, his insistence that any day now the pack ice would melt away from the ships and reveal the Northwest Passage is, in this context, nothing short of insanity.

The things that are described in the Inuit culture communion with spirits, communion between humans that requires no speech, etc. The Terror is about the terror of the Other, the terror borne of a lack of understanding.

The Terror is also about how we deal with that terror. Do we flail against it, try to beat it into submission, as did the Englishmen? Or do we learn to live with it, learn to appease it and live alongside it, as did the Inuit? Wherever it is shelved, it is a fantastic read. However, it is long, with horrifying and graphic descriptions of illnesses, injuries and violent attacks. Since it is a fictionalized story about people who really existed it is based on a real English explorer, Captain Franklin, and his last voyage to the Arctic , it has a lot of interesting details about what it was like to be a ship-based explorer in the mid's from actual diaries and stories.

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I loved the book. I think it was very meta, so most things in it were both symbolic as well as describing actual physical objects and scenes. I'm glad for my sake it wasn't more sad than it is. There is some closure I know that word is overused, but it fits at the end. But unlike some readers whose reviews I have read on GR, I did not see any homosexuality presented as an evil. Hickey was simply an evil man, full stop. Hickey committed an evil in using Magnus as an assassin when Magnus had a child-like mentality and obviously could not understand fully why he was being ordered to kill people.

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Hickey also took advantage of Magnus's very innocent love, too. Hickey was a person who could manipulate others into evil acts without caring whether people trusted or loved him. He only cared about having power over people. Hickey didn't give a damn who he destroyed. Frankly, I thought the author was presenting homosexuality as a simple fact of life, in itself something not fraught with any moral presumptions at all.

I thought the takeaway was a demonstration of how evil Hickey was in faking empathy and love, not in how homosexual he was, gentle reader.

Obviously, I disagree with some reviews on this issue. Besides, there is another homosexual relationship among the sailors which is very natural and emotionally normal. But if I was feverish and half insane with scurvy and food poisoning and exhaustion? Walking for ten hours hauling fully loaded sleds in F temperatures and doing it on two moldy biscuits and a slice of salted beef a day, with my skin and body rotting while I lived? I don't know. Perhaps, gentle reader, you must never test me View all 10 comments.

Since this book tells of an Arctic expedition and ships trapped in the ice, it was the perfect read for a frosty December. Sadly, it hasn't gotten frosty here yet. But the book made me feel the cold these sailors had to endure, that's for sure. HMS Terror used to be a specialized bomb ship that saw a Since this book tells of an Arctic expedition and ships trapped in the ice, it was the perfect read for a frosty December. HMS Terror used to be a specialized bomb ship that saw a number of battles before being converted into a polar exploration ship two decades later, and participated in George Back's Arctic expedition of —, the Ross expedition of —, and Sir John Franklin's ill-fated attempt to force the Northwest Passage in Anyway, the author must have read up on the real-life events and used them as a base into which he weaved this novel of darkness, ice, madness and a thing that hunts the sailors.

Or is "the thing" merely a manifestation of them decending into madness? Throughout the book it is hard to tell what is real and what has sprung from the twisted minds of the starving crew. Some are simply sick and tired literally , others are monsters themselves some of them always have been, some of them are turning into monsters. All of them are scared. Exploration was dangerous in these days, much more so than now, and still people volunteered usually because the pay was good. Sailing through ice, though, certainly had an added level of dangers compared to expeditions to more southern regions.

Thus, we also get some digustingly good body horror when it comes to the injuries and ailments these people have to suffer throughout the years they are stuck in the ice. As you can imagine, the true horror comes from the people themselves - their pasts, their characters, what they turn into slowly but surely, what they are prepared to do. What surprised me was that while I read the book and followed the progression of the ships' damages and dying crew, I thought it well-written and intriguing especially on a psychological level but nothing else.

Yes, the darkness and cold seeped from the pages up and through me, making me shiver and constantly question what certain people thought they had seen, which attests to the great worldbuilding. But like I said: that was it - or so I thought. Then, things started happening that had me spring up from my reading nook and cry out or yell in anger - clearly showing that I cared much more about certain characters and events than I had thought!

It was creepy, it was dark, it was cold Was there a supernatural creature? Was it an enormous polar bear or an as-of-yet unknown but natural creature?