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A Bite at the Cherry,
This review is from: Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard (Paperback)
The epic story of the Race to the South Pole was related by several survivors of Scott's 'Terra Nova' expedition, but 'The Worst Journey in the World' is universally acclaimed as the finest, and a classic of the personal adventure genre. This invites the reader to uncover the traits and life experiences of its author, Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Sara Wheeler's biography is not only the first of that man, but the definitive one, given the perishable quality of her family informants.
Miss Wheeler has inspissated her vast source material into a concise, well-formed account of how Cherry-Garrard's privileged upbringing and Antarctic experiences shaped his troubled later life. The social changes of the early 20th Century inform the narrative, and the reader is left wondering whether the biographer is silently cheering as Lamer, the family estate, gets sold off piecemeal over the decades. Throughout the book, the precise, layered prose draws the reader into Cherry's mind set, as an idealistic youth is transmogrified by his experiences into a frail curmudgeon.
Sara Wheeler is a mistress of prose, and the book amply merited its cost.