A Night in the Snow or, A Struggle For Life - 1866
Rev. E. Donald Carr
genre - Memoir
my rating - 4 out of 5 stars
On the afternoon of January 29th, the Rev. E. Donald Carr begins his 4-mile walk
home after conducting a service in the village of Ratlinghope. It had been
snowing heavily, but since he had walked this way nearly 2500 times, Carr admits
he thought that he would have no difficulty finding his way.
begins his story describing the terrain of Long Mynd, Shropshire England so that
we understand what type of obstacles he would have to cross. He says that "the
aspect of the south-eastern or Stretton side [of Long Mynd mountain] is wild in
the extreme, the whole face of the mountain being broken up into deep ravines,
with precipitous sides, where purple rocks project boldly through the
Rev. Carr tells his story quite calmly. I was amazed at how coolly
he talked about frost bite and snow blindness. He describes crawling through
snow drifts, falling down numerous hillsides, the gales literally blowing him
off his feet and "masses of ice (that) developed into a long crystal beard."
Rev. Carr's endurance was astounding.
Considering that this story was
published 147 years ago, it was remarkably easy to read. The only formatting
problem I saw was page numbers in the middle of sentences of Amazon's ebook. Luckily this only
happens 6 times. Very interesting story. Would make a wonderful movie.
About the author -
Edmund Donald Carr, B.A. Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Rector of Woolstaston 1865-1900. Died June, 1900.
For more information on this beautiful area of England, and for more information on Rev. Carr, check out this website: http://www.cardingmillvalley.org.uk/