The Worst Journey in the World (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

The Worst Journey in the World (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
     
 

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This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.
 

Since Robert Falcon Scott's expedition to the South Pole in 1910-1912, controversy has raged about the correct interpretation of and explanation for the tragedy. Some writers have drawn a picture of Scott as a bumbling incompetent, whose lack of

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This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.
 

Since Robert Falcon Scott's expedition to the South Pole in 1910-1912, controversy has raged about the correct interpretation of and explanation for the tragedy. Some writers have drawn a picture of Scott as a bumbling incompetent, whose lack of experience and preparation condemned his men to their deaths. Aspley Cherry-Garrard's account The Worst Journey in the World written ten years after his narrow escape from the fate of his companions tells another side of the story. Here he portrays Scott as a fearless and noble leader whose only thought upon his death was concern for his companions on the expedition and for his wife and child.

The questions raised by the fate of the British Antarctic Expedition of the Terra Nova remain evocative and unsettling: What sort of man was Scott? What was at stake in the race to claim the South Pole? Why did these men perish, and what was their legacy? Ten years after his narrow escape from the fate of his companions Cherry-Garrard attempts to answer these daunting questions in The Worst Journey in the World (1922).

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ISBN-13:
9781411467590
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
03/13/2012
Series:
Barnes & Noble Digital Library
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
632
Sales rank:
1,001,686
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author



Apsley Cherry-Garrard was born on January 2, 1886, in Belford, England, the only son of Major-General Apsley Cherry-Garrard. His family had been lords of the manor of Lamer since the mid-sixteenth century, but Cherry-Garrard was much more interested in travel and adventure than the life of an English country gentleman. Because of his extremely poor eyesight, Cherry-Garrard was an unlikely candidate to join Scott on his expedition to the South Pole. He was, however, persistent, and Scott agreed to take him. Cherry-Garrard (nicknamed "Cherry" or "The Cheery One"), age twenty-four, became the youngest of the thirty-three-member expedition and one of its survivors.

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The Worst Journey in the World (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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."
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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.
Mktg More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.