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5.0 out of 5 stars First-hand record from the man himself, 22 Feb 2012
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This review is from: The Voyage of the Discovery (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature) (Paperback)
Here we have the thoughts of the man himself. A detailed account drawing on his own diary entries of the time, this is the story of the first Antarctic expedition of Captain Scott. Somewhere between well-intentioned amateur and heroic explorer, the text reveals the hopes and worries involved in exploring unknown territory in unknown conditions. Like us all, Scott comes across as a product of his times. Cheerfully unprepared but enthustiastically overcoming all obstacles with sheer determination this is the story of exploration in its golden era. Beautifully written, this was perhaps one of the first accounts to reveal the trials and tribulations of exploration and the inner character of the explorer himself. From first sightings of the pack ice, to skirmishing with icebergs, mapping coastlines, balloon trips, mastering sledging techniques, living in close quarters through two winters and even a cliff hanger finish, this story has it all. Scott manages to convince you that you are one of the expedition and privy to his confidence. Even if the fatal second expedition had never been undertaken, one feels that this book alone would have sealed Scott's place in the pantheon of great explorers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Antarctic "must-read", 4 Nov 2013
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There has been much to enjoy in reading many of the great stories of the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration. This was a bit of an eye-opener. Much of the commentary you find now on Scott has more to do with his later expedition, where we know the tragic outcome. I've yet to read Scott's own diaries from that time, but I think I might give them a try, because it was wholly enjoyable to read this account of his first expedition between 1902 and 1904. There's more to it than simply a day-to-day diary of the expedition, although Scott does quote directly from his own diaries on many occasions. Those quotes are well-used though, to enliven a fascinating story.

With hindsight, much of what's here could appear as a classic story of British stiff upper lip and derring-do in the slightly shambolic way that some would describe as typically British. The accounts of this expedition trying to work with sledge-dogs are almost sad now, when read in the aftermath of Amundsen's later expedition which treated the dogs in a much less sentimental way. It's clear that Scott did as much as he could to seek advice on polar travel from such experts as there were, but he obviously missed out a bit with the dogs. It's no surprise really that he put such little faith in dogs on his later expedition. However, he makes no secret of his naivety in many important aspects. There are many examples where he writes quiet openly about the mistakes that he made in planning or leadership, but it's equally clear to me that he did his best to learn from those mistakes.

Much of the most enjoyable writing here concerns not the day to day account of the travels, but the chapters giving more in-depth accounts - in particular, that on details of sledge-travelling, life in a tent at -30C, the food they ate and the general daily routine. In addition, Scott was a great observer and describer of the landscape in which he was travelling. Whilst this particular edition is almost without photographs, in many ways Scott's own descriptive powers make up for that.

This is most certainly a book that should be read by anyone with an interest in the early history of Antarctic travel and exploration.
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4.0 out of 5 stars epic adventure, 29 Aug 2013
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very exciting read about one of the first expeditions to the South Pole. The Captain himselves gives a very detailed report of the first trip to the cold and unhabited South Pole. As all is explained in very detail you can almost feel how the men had experienced the cold climate, you can not imagine how -60 degrees must feel like.
Courageous, I really admire the people who did this expedtion for almost nothing, just for the adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true life adventure, 17 Mar 2013
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The book is a tale of adventure, heroism and reliance on a person’s own resilience and the support of others.

In a day and age when we are looking to have films and books that will excite and stimulate our imagination, this is a book about a true life experience, that can grip even those who have previously not had any interested in polar exploration.

Captain Scott’s description of the day to day challenges and survival for 3 years when Discovery was frozen into the ice is well written and easy reading.

Whatever your view of Scott is, this book is interesting reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Captain Scott - extraordinary, 9 Mar 2013
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Excellent read full of information straight from the diaries. Spot on!
Would be excellent for a trip to Dundee to view the stuff at Discovery Point
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4.0 out of 5 stars The story of an epic journey, 25 Jan 2013
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The story of an epic journey, a tale of courage and endurance and the comradeship of men facing almost certain death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captain Scott, 22 Mar 2009
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For me one of the most significant books that I have had the joy of reading.At last a book that shows the huge achievements of Scott . Sir Ranulph Fiennes at last puts the record straight .
Ranulph has crossed the Antartic on foot . He knows of all the difficulties and perils. Applauds Scotts achievement from a position of knowledge.For instance Titus Oats was a brave and difficult man. Oats disguised physical problems resulted in his death and contributed to the death of his companions. So many revisionist armchair authors lauded Oats and damned Scott . Raulph Fiennes puts the record straight about so many things
A beautifully written book from personal experience and knowledge .Awonderful read.
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