- Paperback: 420 pages
- Publisher: General Books LLC (7 Mar. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 115372703X
- ISBN-13: 978-1153727037
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,853,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Worst Journey in the World Antarctic 1910-1913 Paperback – 7 Mar 2010
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"'When people ask me... "What is your favourite travel book?" I nearly always name this book. It is about courage, misery, starvation, heroism, exploration, discovery and friendship.'" (Paul Theroux)
"'The Worst Journey in the World is to travel what War and Peace is to the novel... a masterpiece.'" (A. Alvarez New York Review of Books) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'In The Worst Journey in the World Cherry transformed tragedy and grief into something fine.' Sara Wheeler' 'The Worst Journey in the World goes in and out of print; but it is indestructible, because it is a masterpiece.' Paul Theroux --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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So begins Apsley Cherry-Garrard's "The Worst Journey in the World", a book haunted by the possibility that the author's decision to turn his dogs for home on 10th March 1912 may have cost Captain Scott and his two remaining companions their lives. Cherry-Garrard, the second youngest man to sail South in the Terra Nova, initially seemed to be the least suited to the hardships of Edwardian-era polar travel. A quiet, unassuming, chronically shortsighted member of the aristocracy he was initially plagued by self-doubt to almost the same degree as his expedition leader. All the more joyful then to find, in this excellent travel book, the emergence of one of the unsung heroes of the expedition. A gifted, gracious writer Cherry matter-of-factly chronicles the horrors experienced by the party over two long years in the South. The first half of the book records what amounts to Cherry's triumph (though is far too self-critical to acknowledge it as such). His growing confidence and adeptness on the boat journey down to the Antarctic, leading to his selection for the 3-man Winter Expedition to Cape Crozier to collect King Emperor penguin eggs. This 150 mile round trip - the 'Worst Journey' of the title - was undertaken in breath-takingly harsh conditions six months before the attempt on the Pole. Along with Edward Wilson and Henry 'Birdy' Bowers Cherry hauled 790 lbs of stores and equipment across treacherous, uncharted terrain in permanent darkness. The temperature reached minus 76C.
The Winter Journey can be seen as the saving grace for the entire fated trip - carried out at huge personal cost for nothing but the furtherment of scientific knowledge.Read more ›
Through the authors eyes we get to know the persons involved in a more intimate way. Scott, highly strung and full of nervous energy but a true leader of men. The author does not shirk in describing him. Wilson, the gentle man of science who is popular with everyone. The indefatigable Bowers willing to take on any task with a cheerful face. The taciturn Oates, who people only seem to remember for his heroic gesture, turns out to be a gifted orator illuminating many a long polar night with his unsuspected gift.
In this age we should be inspired by their bravery for the advances of science,their comradeship and their ability to take on impossible tasks without complaint. We should admire the resolute way they refused to leave any man behind, unlike some modern day mountaineers who choose to ignore the dying, ensnared in that temporary insanity known as summit fever. These men lived like true English gentlemen and died like true English gentlemen. The grain ran deep. In an age when many an unworthy is held up as a hero, here we have examples to all of what this word truly means.
It's unfortunate that the legacy of this expedition, in the public mind, is that of a botched attempt to secure a scrap of glory for the British Empire. If you want to know better, this is the book to read. I may buy another copy just so that I can read it again for the first time.
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Most people know about Scott and his race against Amundsen to the South Pole that he lost. Scott also lost his life on the return journey, along with his brave companions. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RMCT
An extraordinary book which tells a very compelling story. Most beautifully written. A real treasure of mine.Published 15 months ago by pa.D
Seem to be one of the few who found it boring and drearily written. Shame really just never got drawn into the auther's writing style. Read morePublished 17 months ago by juansamwell
One of the classics of exploration, and to add value to it try reading Sara Wheeler's 'Terra Incognita' at one and the same time... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Magpie
I found this book utterly unbelievable though I knew it to be true. The writing conveyed the terrible hardships these men endured while maintaining incredible humanity to one... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Miss K Mason
Bought as a present - found to be dreary and disappointong but many may like it due to content historicallyPublished on 18 Dec. 2012 by rosemary bennett
The Worst Journey in the World is simply one of the finest books I've ever read. Nowadays with permanent bases in Antarctica, we can forget that at one time exploring the frozen... Read morePublished on 26 Nov. 2011 by Mr. J. Tweedie