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5.0 out of 5 stars A call to Death
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...
Published on 18 Dec 2010 by Mr. Philip R. Hyne

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2.0 out of 5 stars A moving text, but formatting unworthy of OUP
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...
Published on 30 July 2012 by I. R. Cragg


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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A call to Death, 18 Dec 2010
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Mr. Philip R. Hyne (Gloucestershire UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Journals: Captain Scott's Last Expedition (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
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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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and not to be missed..., 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A moving text, but formatting unworthy of OUP, 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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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid the Kindle version of this title, 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.

Though the responsibility for highlighting these errors of negligence shouldn't fall on Kindle users, until Amazon revises its returns policy for Kindle purchases, there seems little more we can do to encourage improved quality control among publishers.

Update: Since these comments were posted, the cost of the Kindle edition has varied from 5.38 to 0.99 and back to 5.38. Other customers might feel they can live with its shortcomings at the lower price, but should Kindle users to expected to reconcile themselves to second best? A lemon is a lemon at any price, and it remains inexcusable that such a shoddy item should have been issued by a major publisher.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotive, 25 May 2009
This review is from: Journals: Captain Scott's Last Expedition (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Scott's journals don't tell everything, 11 April 2012
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A useful introduction by Max Jones covers Scott the hero, the failure, and Scott as judged by more recent revisionists.

If this expedition had not been lead by Scott failure would have been on the cards anyway. British preferences in equipment were weak: poor tents (no sew-in groundsheets, and slow to erect), weak clothing, poor diets (both insufficient, and with no clear understanding of scurvy); and there was a preference for man-hauling (determined in part by what they were able to handle confidently, but also by the thought that this was more heroic than using dogs). Shackleton had come to within 100 miles of the pole using ponies and man-hauling, but had the good judgement to turn back when he felt they could do no more. Scott followed Shackleton's route and based his planning round beating Shackleton's recorded distances.

Throughout this journal Scott's anxieties dominate. There are also practical oddities: for example, in a very heavily loaded ship taking the expedition south Scott found room for a Pianola. Scott's thinking was confused on methods of hauling - by tractors, dogs, ponies and men. Scott also overlooked important details - for example the known evaporation of fuel from cans in depots (Amundsen took special care here by soldering the seams of his fuel cans).

Scott had determination; but he was always looking for 'good luck'. Maybe the weather was not kind to him on the return journey, but due allowance should have been made for this.

Scott's journal inevitably reflects the values of Edwardian society which now seem rather out of touch. The rigid division of his party into `men' and `officers' is just one example. Above all Scott was looking to posterity, and wanted his journal to show that his expedition showed British guts, even though the Pole had been previously reached by Amundsen. Scott's scientific interests were as important to him as a race to the Pole; but Scott recognised that reaching the Pole first was a priority he failed to achieve
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars R F Scott Journals, 7 Feb 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift, 10 May 2014
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Bought as a gift for my Dad who is a big fan of Captain Scott, very well received. Goes well with the Lost Photographs book. Apparently very interesting & informative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars essential, 11 Jan 2014
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another essential book of the era. Get an insight into Scott , the corporate man. Dogged determination to achieve his ambition, whatever the cost. The journals while essential reading are heavy, at time one trudges through his narrative like he did in the snow.
Scott was no writer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 15 Jun 2013
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It is what it is-a journal/diary not a story book. He talks a lot about temperatures etc which may not be the most riveting stuff if you want more of a story but very good and moving
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