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on 1 September 2007
This volume is the second of Scott's narrative on his 1901 - 1904 expedition to the Antarctic.

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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