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A man of contradictions,
This review is from: Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard (Hardcover)
Sara Wheeler's biography of Cherry-Garrard is a wonderfully written account of a man who epitomises a lost era of British exploration. His own account of his South journey on Scott's ultimately doomed polar expedition, The Worst Journey in the World, is one of the greatest non-fiction books I have ever read. Anyone who has read and enjoyed his book cannot fail to be moved by the man himself and wonder at how the author of such a masterpiece could only have written a single book. Wheeler explores this paradox and in so doing uncovers the story of a remarkable man. Cherry-Garrard was clearly a strange mixture of the true blue and the curmudgeon: the strength, courage, passion and friendship he showed in the South counterpointed by his slow descent into depression and isolation in later life. Perhaps not surprisingly, the reminder of Cherry's life could never quite live up to the idealism and heroism of his adventures in the South. Wheeler's prose is breathtaking in places, losing nothing in comparison with many of the great writers she quotes and she does a beautiful job of bringing Cherry-Garrard to life. A fascinating read regardless of your level of interest in polar exploration.