Ere­bus

The Week (US) - - 22 Arts - By Michael Palin

Michael Palin’s lat­est book is “a fugue in many voices,” said Sara Wheeler in The Ob­server (U.K.). The sad tale of the HMS Ere­bus has been told many times, but the for­mer Monty Python mem­ber “makes it his own,” work­ing in dis­cov­er­ies made since the ship’s wreck­age was found in 2014. In 1848, the Bri­tish war­ship be­came trapped in ice while seek­ing a North­west Pas­sage, lead­ing to “ap­palling hu­man suf­fer­ing.” Even can­ni­bal­ism couldn’t save any men, and “Palin un­der­stands the im­por­tance of de­tail.”

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