Snow and ice and bitter cold- this is a tale of the Antarctic, and of dogs and penguins. The author, an Australian, was in 1952 attached to a French scientific expedition, to Terre Adelie in the antarctic, the sole non-French member, his task the care of the expedition's dogs. One goal of the expedition also involved him, the study of the Emperor Penguins, and their amazing and unnatural habits. One learns little of the human members of the group but the dogs take on human characteristics, never, let it be said, because of any sentimental attachment. There is the mighty Fram who battles his team-mates for supremacy; there is Boss, the old leader; there is the black bitch, Helen, who ignores her puppies; there are the inseparable Milk and Tiki; there is the great Bjorn, defeated at last by Fram. Gangsters there were, brutal and unreliable, but loving their job. Loving too escape and the sheer blood just of slaughtering penguins- and attacking those weaker than themselves. There is plenty of danger in the book, the perils of break throughs. And the penguins are always beguiling. A book for dog enthusiasts and for armchair explorers.