The Worst Journey in the World

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Cherry-Garrard, who accompanied Robert Falcon Scott to the Antarctic on the explorer's doomed quest for the South Pole, recounts the unforgettable journey across forbidding, inhospitable terrain. He was also a member of the search party that ultimately discovered Scott's frozen body along with his last notebook entries. With an introduction by the author, this tale of adventure stands out as a literary accomplishment as well as a classic of exploration.
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Overview

Cherry-Garrard, who accompanied Robert Falcon Scott to the Antarctic on the explorer's doomed quest for the South Pole, recounts the unforgettable journey across forbidding, inhospitable terrain. He was also a member of the search party that ultimately discovered Scott's frozen body along with his last notebook entries. With an introduction by the author, this tale of adventure stands out as a literary accomplishment as well as a classic of exploration.
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"The Worst Journey in the World is to travel writing what War and Peace is to the novel... a masterpiece." —The New York Review of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143039389
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 369,860
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

 Caroline Alexander has written for The New Yorker, Granta, Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, Outside, and National Geographic and is the author of four previous books.

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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.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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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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