The Worst Journey in the World

The Worst Journey in the World

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by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
     
 

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Selected by Adventure magazine as the number one adventure book of all time, The Worst Journey in the World is Apsley Cherry-Garrard's dramatic, moving, and exceptionally human account of his survival as the youngest member of Robert Falcon Scott's 1911 expedition to the South Pole.

The scion of English landed gentry, Cherry-Garrard was chosen

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Selected by Adventure magazine as the number one adventure book of all time, The Worst Journey in the World is Apsley Cherry-Garrard's dramatic, moving, and exceptionally human account of his survival as the youngest member of Robert Falcon Scott's 1911 expedition to the South Pole.

The scion of English landed gentry, Cherry-Garrard was chosen from more than 8,000 volunteers to join the Scott expedition at the height of the craze for polar exploration. When they arrived in Antarctica, "Cherry," as he was known, was not assigned to the team that would attain the pole, but instead, with two other members, to collect the eggs of the Emperor penguin. Cherry and his cohorts struggled in near total darkness across more than one hundred miles of ice in temperatures as low as 70 degrees below zero, slept in bags heavy with their own frozen sweat, dragged a 700-pound sled over whipping ice that felt like sand against their faces, and wore clothes that were literally frozen stiff. All things considered, his title seems almost charitable.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143039389
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
144,646
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

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From the Publisher
"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

Meet the Author

Apsley Cherry-Garrard (1886-1959) was one of the youngest members of Captain Scott's final expedition to the Antarctic which he joined to collect the eggs of the Emperor penguin. After the expedition, Cherry-Garrard served in the First World War and was invalided home. With the zealous encouragement of his neighbour, George Bernard Shaw, Cherry-Garrard wrote The Worst Journey in the World (1922) in an attempt to overcome the horror of the journey. As the years unravelled he faced a terrible struggle against depression, breakdown and despair, haunted by the possibility that he could have saved Scott and his companions.

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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