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a young man’s extraordinary adventure to antarctica' doesn't quite deliver on the glitter of its premise – la times

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a young man’s extraordinary adventure to antarctica' doesn't quite deliver on the glitter of its premise – la times

laurie gwen shapiro's "the stowaway" has the makings of a high-concept true story for the ages: teen upstart from queens becomes the toast of jazz age america by finagling a coveted spot on a storied explorer's bid to helm the first flight over the south pole.the stowaway revolves around the converging compulsions of dashing blueblood commander richard evelyn byrd, equal parts serious explorer and glory-hound, and billy gawronski, 17, first-generation polish-american from the outer boroughs.advertisementrenowned for his 1926 aerial crossing of the north pole but beaten by charles lindbergh to aviation's blue ribbon — the first transatlantic flight — and stung by doubt cast on his arctic feat (his claimed time seems infeasibly fast), in 1928, byrd needs a reboot. reprising his flyover in antarctica would seal his legend and plant old glory (he'd heave it out midair) on the alabaster wastes of earth's hardiest frontier. abetted by pr pioneer edward bernays, byrd peddles admissions to his preparations and splashes stories in the slicks to drum up interest and funds.meanwhile, stultified in drab bayside and underwhelmed by his studies at textile high, gawronski's imagination is inflamed by accounts of byrd's expedition, which offered an escape hatch from the desultory prospect of inheriting his old man's upholstery business. he vaults into the turbid hudson and slips aboard one of byrd's antarctic-bound ships at anchor off manhattan (byrd plans on "overwintering"...