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The Voyage of the Discovery: 2 Paperback – 1 Jul 2007
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Robert Falcon Scott was a British naval officer and Antarctic explorer, born into a naval family in Plymouth in 1868. He commanded two expeditions to Antarctica, one in 1901-04 and the other in 1910-1912, the latter from which he and his companions did not return. He wrote The Voyage of the Discovery, an account of his first expedition, on his return to England in 1905, and the diaries and scientific findings of his second, Scott's Last Expedition, were published posthumously in 1913.
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The theme continues in the same delightful way, but increases in `excitement' when expounding on particular events such as Scott, Wilson and Shackleton's attempt at man hauling farthest south.
Though a somewhat tame event in comparison to his second expedition, this narrative is not a romantic rambling but is an honest, descriptive and an informative chronicle. As well as portraying the awesome beauty of Antarctica, Scott is just as forthright in revealing that the Antarctic is a somewhat Janus faced creature, for example he talks of Victoria Land being nothing more than an "...evil dream" and goes on to say, "Nothing but terrible, limitless expanse of snow..." and "...so barren, so deserted...so fearsomely monotonous." and "...no place on earth less attractive." He noted it as being the most "desolate region in the world." Scott goes on to describe how such monotony, solitude and `evil' is overcome by the fortitude, selflessness and determination from his comrades - Again, Scott's delightful writing style delivers the narrative in this illuminating and eloquent volume which has been nothing less than an absolute joy to read.
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