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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed. / edition (10 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199536805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199536801
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2.8 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Definitive...Max Jones and the publishers are to be congratulated on this new version of a classic story, and for offering it at such a reasonable price. It should be the last word for a very long time. (Polar Record 42)

The mother of all books about walking ..beautiful edition. (Irish Timesn)

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Timeless and moving journals from the world's most famous explorer read by David Horovitch. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Philip R. Hyne on 18 Dec. 2010
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Having been in the Antarctic I understand why Scott and others felt they just had to go back. But it takes no prisoners - you work with it and live or you work against it and die. There's no room for chance. And that's what Scott did - even at the Pole he realised his chance of getting back was far from guarranteed. Here in his journals, which are very readable and yet fully detailed, we find the story as it unfolds to the bitter end. This is an excellent little book - cheap, illustrated with photos and maps, and an excellent read as you suffer with Scott and his companions as the seeds of destruction are unwittingly sown and things begin to fall apart from the outset. Despite all that's been said against the man, he is a great man yet of his time and profession, with its prejudices and constrictions. This is the greatest adventure story you will ever read. Thanks to Oxford for making it so available in this edition.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Cragg on 30 July 2012
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This is a fantastically moving work of literature, particularly the last couple of chapters covering Scott's journals from the South Pole to his final camp, but my enjoyment of the Kindle version was ruined from first to last by the absolutely diabolical formatting. As might be expected of a book dealing with exploration, there are quite a few tables and lists reproduced throughout and I don't think that a single one is easily legible. There are also typos aplenty- "Charter" for "Chapter" several times for a start- and this edition is a blot on Oxford University Press's reputation as a serious publisher of literary texts. In fact, I'm not sure that such slapdash work isn't disrespectful to Scott's memory.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Miseri57 on 9 Mar. 2008
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Even though the text in Scott's writings have been, occasionally, `tampered' with by modifying the most hurtful remarks made against his men, this journal lists changes made and cites them at the back.

For me, Scott's greatest talent was his literary skill even though on occasion he seems to be writing to different audiences; including times when he appears to be writing to himself.

A superb lyrical account and first hand insight into moments of optimism, joy, passion, bravery, frustration, hope, misery and death.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Elacia on 9 Mar. 2012
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This is not a comment on Scott's Journals, but a warning to avoid the Kindle version of this title published by Oxford University Press. It's necessary to make this clear, since Amazon has a habit of lumping together reviews of the same title, even when they clearly refer to very different editions.

Signs that Kindle readers are being shabbily treated are evident from the outset when, presumably as a result of a botched search-and-replace, one encounters the following formulations in the introduction: `introductionspective', `introductionduced' and `introductionducing', as well as one instance of `scott' and one of `printduring'.

Thankfully, the main text is relatively error-free, but there are a couple of instances of missing text: one in the narrative itself, which runs, `found to have quite a lot of fat on him and the' (the sentence stops there), and one in the notes that attributes `Slough of Despond' to `one of the scenes in part 1 of B' (which was obviously intended to say, `Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress"'). Moreover, several tables are rendered virtually useless at any text size due to erratic tabulation and arbitrary line-endings, while note numbers aren't actively linked to their respective notes, which means a good deal of page-saving and searching through the Kindle's Notes and Marks function. Finally, the index is of no practical use whatsoever.

While some of these shortcomings might be tolerable in cheaply produced editions, they become unacceptable when issued by renowned publishers like OUP and Penguin (whose Kindle edition of Fitzgerald's `This Side of Paradise' leaves much to be desired), retailing at prices not much lower than one would pay for their own print editions.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Tommasini on 25 May 2009
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This book was a very interesting read but evoked feelings of deep sadness knowing the ultimate outcome. Scott's personality comes through his writing and left me rather disillusioned, however, the bravery and forebearance of his team was incredible. The lives the dogs and horses from the start to their end was heartbreaking. All in all a tragic story but enlightening.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Les Jarrald on 7 Feb. 2011
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Scotts writing humbles the hardest of men. This journal reflects the greatness of these voyagers. Their courage and endurance in the harshest of environments even when their was little hope of coming through is an example to a past age. I have read much of these brave pioneers and wish that I could have been amoung them. Before reading Scotts work I digested as much of Shackletons works as I could get my hands on. Their is a huge difference in the terperament and character of these great explorers but both must be respected for their leadership qualities. Scott certainly lead from the from but I feel that he did little to give the credit deserved to those who served before the mast. This book shows the true colours of the class distiction that was part of life in the services of the time. Notwithstanding these comments I think that this journal should be part of school studies as a character builder. Any one who reads this book I feel must become a better person in some small way. The compassion, comradeship and loyalty shown by these men sets an example to all. One of the best books I have ever read.
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