The Worst Journey in the World [NOOK Book]

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This post-war business is inartistic, for it is seldom that any one does anything well for the sake of doing it well; and it is un-Christian, if you value Christianity, for men are out to hurt and not to help—can you wonder, when the Ten Commandments were hurled straight from the pulpit through good stained glass. It is all very interesting and uncomfortable, and it has been a great relief to wander back in one's thoughts and correspondence and personal dealings to an age in geological time, so many hundred years...
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The Worst Journey in the World

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This post-war business is inartistic, for it is seldom that any one does anything well for the sake of doing it well; and it is un-Christian, if you value Christianity, for men are out to hurt and not to help—can you wonder, when the Ten Commandments were hurled straight from the pulpit through good stained glass. It is all very interesting and uncomfortable, and it has been a great relief to wander back in one's thoughts and correspondence and personal dealings to an age in geological time, so many hundred years ago, when we were artistic Christians, doing our jobs as well as we were able just because we wished to do them well, helping one another with all our strength, and (I speak with personal humility) living a life of co-operation, in the face of hardships and dangers, which has seldom been surpassed.

The mutual conquest of difficulties is the cement of friendship, as it is the only lasting cement of matrimony. We had plenty of difficulties; we sometimes failed, we sometimes won; we always faced them—we had to. Consequently we have some friends who are better than all the wives in Mahomet's paradise, and when I have asked for help in the making of this book I have never never asked in vain. Talk of ex-soldiers: give me ex-antarcticists, unsoured and with their ideals intact: they could sweep the world.

The trouble is that they are inclined to lose their ideals in this complicated atmosphere of civilization. They run one another down like the deuce, and it is quite time that stopped. What is the use of A running down Scott because he served with Shackleton, or B going for Amundsen because he served with Scott? They have all done good work; within their limits, the best work to date. There are jobs for which, if I had to do them, I would like to serve under Scott, Amundsen, Shackleton and Wilson—each to his part. For a joint scientific and geographical piece of organization, give me Scott; for a Winter Journey, Wilson; for a dash to the Pole and nothing else, Amundsen: and if I am in the devil of a hole and want to get out of it, give me Shackleton every time. They will all go down in polar history as leaders, these men. I believe Bowers would also have made a great name for himself if he had lived, and few polar ships have been commanded as capably as was the Terra Nova, by Pennell.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016559469
  • Publisher: Unforgotten Classics
  • Publication date: 5/20/2013
  • Series: Unforgotten Classics , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2002

    What Paul Theroux says

    OK. I haven't read it yet, I only just brought it home. To counter one of the very negative reviews I see here, however, allow me to tell you why I bought it. Because I just finished Paul Theroux's "Fresh Air Fiend" (I love Theroux's travel books), in which he described this as the adventure book which he reccomends to those who ask him, "What's the best adventure/travel book you have ever read."

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    a classic of polar exploration

    As one who has done field research in Antarctica, I can vouch for this classic in the field. Cheery-Gerard was the youngest member of the Scott's 2nd expedition. His narrative of his mid-winter travels to retrieve penguin eggs is awe inspiring.

    For those who would like a scientific inquiry into how weather was the critical element in the demise of Scott and his polar party, read Susan Solomon's 'The Coldest March.' Simply excellent.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2006

    Written Long After the Event

    I'm ordering this book because I've just read 'Race To The Pole' by Sir Ranulf Fiennes and it piqued my curiosity about another opinion of the Scott journey. In that book, Fiennes says Huntford's book about Scott basically trashed Scott's memory & was not based on evidence as much as Huntford's bias about Scott. Please read Fiennes book too to get a more rounded opinion. Cherry-Garrard wrote his book long after his journey & so might not be as clear as it should.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Great story, men with a very noble purpose

    Great account of the Tera Nova Expedition!
    Sometimes the book is a tedious read since its a bit heavy on the details. Otherwise the men described are of an immensely admirable kind of inspiration. The things they were willing to do for science is incredible. There are some sagely words of wisdom here for anyone on their own journey.

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  • Posted August 1, 2012

    Typically Regarded as the Best Adventure Book Ever Written

    This book typically appears at the top of any list of the best adventure books of all time, an assertion easily verified on the Internet. The most compelling story of endurance I have ever read. Detailed? Of course it's detailed! It's written by one of the surviving members of the expedition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Good story but overly detailed

    This is a great story of the adventure to the Pole, but is most definitely over detailed for the average reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2004

    So good I'm waiting for snow!

    I'm halfway through and getting so into the adventure that I've decided to hold off finishing until the snow arrives. It's hard to imagine the cold temperatures of the South Pole and I want to feel part of the book every time I go outside this winter!

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