Bunberry, Western Australia (PRWEB) January 31, 2014
Akin to Henry David Thoreau’s timeless ‘Walden’ and Jon Krakauer’s compelling depiction of Christopher McCandles’ heart-rending story in ‘Into the Wild’¸ geophysicist Brian Gaull wields a subtle yet fiercely affecting piece of memoir which at equal turns explores the dark, hostile and unknown environment of man’s last frontier--- Antarctica and one’s self, in Chill Out.
In 1979, geophysicist Big Dee leaves his comfortable family life in suburban Perth, Western Australia, to pursue a lifelong dream to spend a year away to Antarctica as a researcher. He gambles on leaving his loved ones and exposing himself to the rigours of loneliness, deprivation and the extreme cold.
In his quest to survive in this dark and foreign world, Big Dee learns not just about the science he has been sent to do, but also about his fellow men and more importantly, himself. Despite the promises and assurances made between him and his family before he left, his relationship with them has leaned towards going shaky and tenuous. Back at home, his wife struggles with the extra burden of life without him. Attempts to communicate with his much-loved sons have proven to be quite difficult as well. His inner strength, together with the special relationships that unfold, helped him overcome the enormous pain and personal anguish that evolves.
Arresting and unforgettable, Chill Out has the ability to reveal both nature and humanity’s enigmatic facets—the beautiful and the ugly, the calm and the chaotic, and the divine and the infernal. Later on, Big Dee maturely finds solace in his work as a scientist. It is during this time away he sees the full wrath of Mother Nature when he is living in a small tent. But the moment he rises from the blizzards and sees the other side of her beauty and majesty, he feels rewarded. Beneath this triumphs, a gripping relationship awaits back home. Gaull further wrote,
"Chill Out should appeal to those who want an emotive human story, as I have exposed my innermost fears and personal crises experienced at that time. This story refutes the myth that scientists live in a world of their own. It is in this respect that I believe this book is unique."
Gaull has written an autobiographical narrative that is hard to put down in Chill Out. The reader who dreams of wandering off to the vast unknown has a lot to learn from this masterfully-crafted nonfiction. Apart from painting a perfect picture of humanity’s resiliency, Gaull has also put Antarctica back into contemporary literature.
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About the Author
Brian Gaull spent most of his working life as a scientist and has many scientific publications. In recent years, he has honed his creative writing skills and has attended several UWA extension courses on the topic. "Reds under the Bed" is a short story by Gaull published by Legacy Books in the "Remember When Series".
Chill Out * by Brian Gaull
An Antarctic Expereience
Publication Date: October 23, 2013
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