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The Worst Journey in the World (1922)

by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

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"The Worst Journey in the World" recounts Robert Falcon Scotts ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. Apsley Cherry-Garrardthe youngest member of Scotts team and one of three men to make and survive the notorious Winter Journeydraws on his firsthand experiences as well as the diaries of his compatriots to create a stirring and detailed account of Scotts legendary expedition. Cherry himself would be among the search party that discovered the corpses of Scott and his men, who had long since perished from starvation and brutal cold. It is through Cherrys insightful narrative and keen descriptions that Scott and the other members of the expedition are fully memorialized.… (more)
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    The Expedition: A Love Story by Bea Uusma (Anonymous user)
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    Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World by Joan Druett (rebeccanyc)
    rebeccanyc: Both of these books testify to the ability of people in hazardous and terrifying physical conditions to use both hard work and their mental and emotional strength to survive.
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    The Coldest March: Scott's Fatal Antarctic Expedition by Susan Solomon (rebeccanyc)
    rebeccanyc: Solomon includes excerpts from the diaries of the men, as does Cherry-Garrard, but brings modern scientific data to explain some of the unusually extreme weather conditions faced on Scott's polar journey.
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    The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge (rebeccanyc)
    rebeccanyc: Bainbridge weaves fiction out of Cherry-Garrard's narrative, focusing on each of the five men in the fatal Polar Journey.
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    The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk by Jennifer Niven (John_Vaughan)
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Wow who knew watching ice melt could be so riveting? Just f@4k! F%*k! F@^k ! ( )
  farrhon | Jan 21, 2022 |
Beautiful and terrifying. Read it during March or a wintry night ( )
  ironjaw | Oct 7, 2021 |
Beautiful book about what it means to really be a man, in the classical patriarchal sense of the word. These folks died for the quest, they went through hardships with a smile on their faces which were constantly degrading their bodies and threatening death. The commentary on ideal communities for actually getting shit done in the face of extreme hardship is the main draw.

The commentary spelled out, time out from reading about 2 months, drinks consumed 1.5. They had such high opinions of eachother. They wanted to do it for eachother, to prove to eachother that they could, more than to prove to themselves that they could. Being a worthwhile part of a great group, earning the respect of a great leader.

I would drop my life in a heartbeat to go on that sort of adventure.

I currently feel far too comfortable and contented to work myself that hard, and thats something I really don't want. Cherry happily breached his limits, and in the quest for a few penguin eggs. I like to think I'm the same sort of man. An instagrammer once said something along the lines of "Half the fun in life is the act of pushing yourself, the other half is the view". That instagrammer was kind of a douche, but I completely buy that statement.

Can I find something as beautiful and terrifying to try for as a trek across the winter antarctic coast, in search of penguin eggs?

I'll tell you in 40 years. ( )
  4dahalibut | Dec 13, 2020 |
had a really hard time doing anything else until I finished this book ( )
  ibazel | Aug 7, 2020 |
2 v. Includes 10 fold-out panoramas.Fair-good condition, bumped corners, worn backstrap. Owner's mark. Ex libris Paul D. Artmeier ; Edward Marshall. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 20, 2020 |
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Apsley Cherry-Garrardprimary authorall editionscalculated
Alexander, CarolineIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meyer, Karl E.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Seaver, GeorgeForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Spufford, FrancisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Theroux, PaulIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whitfield, RobertNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised. (Introduction)
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. (Preface)
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Everything else is vague. Hour after hour he staggered about: he got his hand badly frost-bitten: he found pressure: he fell over it: he was crawling in it, on his hands and knees. Stumbling, tumbling, tripping, buffeted by the endless lash of the wind, sprawling through miles of punishing snow, he still seems to have kept his brain working. He found an island, thought it was Inaccessible, spent ages in coasting along it, lost it, found more pressure, and crawled along it. He found another island, and the same horrible, almost senseless, search went on. Under the lee of some rocks he waited for a time. His clothing was thin though he had his wind-clothes, and, a horrible thought if this was to go on, he had boots on his feet instead of warm finnesko. Here also he kicked out a hole in a drift where he might have more chance if he were forced to lie down. For sleep is the end of men who get lost in blizzards. Though he did not know it he must now have been out more than four hours.
Exploration is the physical expression of the intellectual passion. And I tell you, if you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore.
Just enough to eat and keep us warm, no more - no frills nor trimmings; there is many a worse and more elaborate life. The necessaries of civilization were luxuries to us;... the luxuries of civilization satisfy only those wants which they themselves create.
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"The Worst Journey in the World" recounts Robert Falcon Scotts ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. Apsley Cherry-Garrardthe youngest member of Scotts team and one of three men to make and survive the notorious Winter Journeydraws on his firsthand experiences as well as the diaries of his compatriots to create a stirring and detailed account of Scotts legendary expedition. Cherry himself would be among the search party that discovered the corpses of Scott and his men, who had long since perished from starvation and brutal cold. It is through Cherrys insightful narrative and keen descriptions that Scott and the other members of the expedition are fully memorialized.

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