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  • Audio CD: 5 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate CSA Audio; Main edition (15 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906147892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906147891
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 14.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,036,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Scott was an incredibly coherent writer, and his thoughts, feelings, and observations are very sensitively portrayed by narrator David Horovitch, who brings great emotional depth to this tragic episode." --"Library Journal"

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Timeless and moving journals from the world's most famous explorer read by David Horovitch.

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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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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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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.
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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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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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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 sewn-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.
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