The Worst Journey in the World

The Worst Journey in the World Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised So Apsley Cherry Garrard recalled his experience on Scott s Terra Nova expedition to Antarct

  • Title: The Worst Journey in the World
  • Author: Apsley Cherry-Garrard Francis Spufford
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised So Apsley Cherry Garrard recalled his experience on Scott s Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica When he first returned, Cherry Garrard was asked to write its official history, but it soon became clear that his often uncomfortably honest account was not going to b Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised So Apsley Cherry Garrard recalled his experience on Scott s Terra Nova expedition to Antarctica When he first returned, Cherry Garrard was asked to write its official history, but it soon became clear that his often uncomfortably honest account was not going to be suitable While he always retains an English measure of reserve and is often very witty, Cherry Garrard has no false heroism, no desire to make light of horror His account of the appalling conditions when he journeyed to Cape Crozier with Birdie Bowers and Edward Wilson the worst journey of the title to collect Emperor penguin eggs is unsurpassed He evokes the bitter wind and cold the oppressive darkness the hunger and sleep deprivation The month long journey nearly cost the lives of all three men that his two companions later perished with Scott at the South Pole haunted Cherry Garrard for the rest of his life.Gaining access to an exceptional number of letters, diaries and records, Cherry Garrard incorporates many different perspectives on the Terra Nova expedition This gives the book what introducer Francis Spufford, author of I May Be Some Time Ice and the English Imagination, calls the quality of appearing to record something that is happening in front of us A poignant and vivid example is Chief Stoker Lashly s sparse diary of the nearly fatal adventures of the Second Return Party Mr Evanswished us to leave him, but this we could not think of We shall stand by him to the end one way or other For this edition we have included the meteorological log of the Winter Journey kept by Bowers, a detailed index and three specially redrawn maps The dramatic binding reproduces one of Wilson s watercolours and the book is illustrated with photographs and artwork by expedition members, as well as recent photographs of Scott s abandoned hut Printed endpapers show a 1913 newspaper illustration of the Polar Journey Source foliosociety book WJW

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    1. Never again. Never again will I complain. About anything. The sufferings heaped on the members of Scott’s second polar expedition make the ordinary misfortunes of modern life –- the fender-benders, hangovers and breakups –- seem like pleasant diversions. There are passages in this amazing memoir where the reader, appalled, begins to suspect that these men were collaborating on a metaphysically refined form of self-destruction.Apsley Cherry-Gerrard –- and let me say now what a wonderfully [...]

    2. Written by one of Scott's men on his last fatal expedition to the South Pole, Worst Journey was written by one of the youngest men on his team and one of the most stouthearted. Cherry-Garrard went on the Winter Journey trip during the expedition to collect bird eggs. His story would have been horrific enough without the tragic end of Scott and several of his best and true friends later on. Cherry-Garrard was one of the team members who eventually found his leader and the others dead. Favorite qu [...]

    3. bbc/programmes/b00djvtlDescription: As Apsley Cherry-Garrard states in his introduction to the harrowing story of the Scott expedition to the South Pole, "Polar Exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised." Cherry-Garrard's The Worst Journey in the World is a gripping account of an expedition gone disastrously wrong. The youngest member of Scott's team, the author was later part of the rescue party that eventually found the frozen bodies [...]

    4. An interim review on the subject of DOGS and PONIES, creatures absolutely vital to any polar expedition in 1910. (They called them ponies, they were actually small Manchurian horses.) This is what happened to working animals, sometimes. The voyage from England to Antarctica via South Africa and New Zealand lasted five weeks. They took 19 ponies and 33 dogs. The ponies and the dogs were the first consideration. Even in quite ordinary weather the dogs had a wretched time.They are chained up in var [...]

    5. Free download available at Project Gutenberg.From BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial:Apsley Cherry-Garrard's gripping account of his experiences as the youngest member of Captain Scott's polar expedition team, adapted by Stef Penney.1/2: In the austerely beautiful ices capes of Antarctica, things go disastrously wrong.2/2: After two months of hard marching, Scott must tell four of the surviving twelve men that they must turn back.Apsley Cherry-Garrard Matt GreenCaptain Robert Falcon Scott John McA [...]

    6. Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s ‘worst journey in the world’ is not Scott’s journey to the South Pole. I was surprised by that. It was the journey he made to Cape Crozier, with Bowers and Wilson of the ill fated polar team, in search of Emperor penguin embryos. It’s hard to believe that they were amongst the first men to see Emperor penguins and that they were prepared to risk their lives, and very nearly lost them, in the interests of furthering scientific knowledge of the penguins’ place i [...]

    7. He wasn't lying with that title, but what's missed out is that it's perhaps the most incredible journey too, as well as one of the most incredible books I've ever read (if I could give this 10 stars it wouldn't be enough).Concerning Scott's last expedition to the Antarctic of which I previously knew woefully little (even though he's a hometown boy), I no longer have to lament that fact thanks to this most comprehensive and compelling account by Apsley Cherry-Garrard who, at 24, was a member of t [...]

    8. This is, quite simply, my desert island book. No other book encapsulates the message of hope in amoungst utter futility quite as perfectly as this. Describing the adventures of the Scott expedition, for all its joy and folly, based on the jaded observations of a man who went filled with hope and expectation and looks back at an older, more cynical age. As a travel diary, it has no comparison: this truly was a journey into the heart of darkness. While the famous Scott expedition to the pole is co [...]

    9. Read this book and you'll never bitch about stuff like not having enough towels in your hotel room or an over-cooked steak you were served at a restaurant in Paris. Yet another story that makes the modern man relize that there are no more worlds to discover. Polar exploration was just about the last of the travels into the unknown. I don't count space exploration because for that you need an entire country's economy behind you. Now any knob can circle the world with only a credit card. Sic trans [...]

    10. This is a first rate adventure story told by a man who is sensitive, thoughtful, courageous, and kindhearted. The part of the book from which the title is taken is maybe the most harrowing saga I've ever encountered, involving minus 70+ degree temperatures, howling winds, deadly crevasses, starvation, hopelessness, and endless darkness, all to collect Emperor Penguin eggs in the middle of an Antarctic winter.I am not so big on non-fiction generally, but this is a book I could read again and agai [...]

    11. This is a slow read, but not dull, just packed full of information. Cherry-Garrard (Cherry) was asked to provide some information on how to pack & train for future expeditions, based on his experience (he might not have been the most experienced of the group, but he had worked a lot with Wilson & Scott, so was one of the most knowledgeable survivors). He fulfilled that chore, but he wanted so much more to be said & this was the outcome. Bernard Shaw was a neighbour & so helped in [...]

    12. I think I would have quite enjoyed a condensed version of this book, minus the two very long (and fairly useless) introductions, the slog of endless details ( multiple daily temperature readings, accounts of meals, miles logged, weather and sledging surface notes, other record-keeping minutia), and, most importantly the repeated paeans to Cherry's fellow explorers, who, we are repeatedly told, were endowed with marvelous temperaments and almost never complained and were eternally cheerful under [...]

    13. Apsley Cherry-Garrard's 'The Worst Journey in the World' is quite simply a 20th century classic. Published in 1922, the author recounts, in almost six hundred pages, Scott's polar expedition of 1910-1913.I find reviewing this book extremely difficult. I'm probably still in a state of reverential and dumfounded awe after reading such an eloquent masterpiece. In the field of polar exploration or travel writing, this book is utterly astounding.It is now a century past since the exploits of this 'wo [...]

    14. Pemmican, apparently, tastes quite delicious when stirred into hot water and eaten as a "hoosh." Also, the Antarctic is cold & horrible & I really want to go there because falling in a crevasse would look amazing on a tombstone.

    15. This book has a number of problems. From minor to major:- It has an insane amount of introductory text- It is self-consciously written as an epitaph to all the dead expedition members- It's overly detailed and full of information that is almost completely irrelevant and uninteresting to the modern readerThis book has two introductions and a foreward, totalling almost 100 pages. I didn't feel that these pages were necessary or added much to my enjoyment of the text. At best they should be skimmed [...]

    16. Una gran aventura real sobre la conquista del polo sur. Lo único que no me ha gustado es el excesivo nivel de minuciosidad. Solo ha faltado que contará cada vez que van al baño cada día. En general, está muy bien.

    17. “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation,” said Henry David Thoreau when he read the galley proof of Walden and realized what kind of gonif editor he was faced with. Still, it did rather well. So has The Worst Journey, in spite of the fact the Natointal Geograhpic society ! has gotten hold of it.” Now the book is over, and it’s back to my stinkin’ life. This is a fudge sundae of personal history, journals of explorer friends; of mountains, glaciers, ice, crevasses, pemmican and [...]

    18. Christened with such an exotic moniker, our flamboyantly named author could only have pursued one of three careers: an Edwardian rector, the reluctant bait in an Oscar Wilde honeytrap operation or else an intrepid yet feckless explorer. Fortunately for the literary world, Apsley Cherry-Garrard became the latter… though more fettered than feckless.Perhaps not a natural writer, C-G cribs from various other expedition members’ anecdotes, personal notes and posthumous diaries. Antarctic companio [...]

    19. At a time when traditional heroism has been deconstructed and psycho-analysed out of existence, it becomes more necessary to understand the nature and purpose of the desire which drove a crew of men, most no longer young, to explore Antarctica and reach the South Pole. Note the order of those objectives: the comparison of Scott's 'failure' with Amundsen's 'success' is outrageously wrong: the latter was in a race to the Pole, the British party had a wide variety of scientific observations and int [...]

    20. I read this book of 600 pages in less than a week and believe me, its not on the TOP 100 list for travel and adventure books for nothing! If you know the story of Scott and his companions and the drama at the south pole already you will probably find this book easier to read but the author makes many footnotes so that also "beginners" in polar exploration can understand it well! What I loved about this book is that we get the view of an ordinary expedition member, neither sailor nor scientist, b [...]

    21. Absolutely the most astonishing narrative of human trial survival against nature. The "Worst Journey" is not Scott's expedition to the Pole, tragic as that was, but the Winter Journey to the rookeries of the Emperor Penguins Facing temperatures as low as -78��F and fierce blizzards and gales the small team man-hauls to the rookeries, at one point having their tent blow away at night! Remember this was in 1911. No Goretex, no nylon All in search of the Emperor Penguin's egg.Cherry-Garrard wou [...]

    22. (Free on the Gutenberg Project, complete with illustrations.)But I also bought this hardback copy. A wonderfully thick book, beautiful to hold and read. So much more 'satisfying' than reading on a Kindle A fabulous book, written in a comfortably 'personal' manner without any heroics ,just a factual account of real life. Utterly readable, amusing, sad, terrifying and brought me to tears in places. Quiet, understated English pluck at its best, and very different in style to Scott's somewhat dry an [...]

    23. Beautifully written, exquisitely detailed memoir, great for memoir enthusiasts and history readers alike.I love many aspects of this book (style, story line, characterization, historical record, etc.), but on top of my list is that this book remarkably documents the core of what is real vs. what is perceived, and of the psychology of a small group of men, withholding their truth to makes the last days of their lives livable and all in the gorgeous, other-wordly setting of Antarctica.This is a bo [...]

    24. One of the finest books I have ever read in terms of defining the spirit of the adventurer going genuinely into the unknown.Everyone knows the tragedy of the Scott Polar expedition, with its supposed 'race' with Amundsen to get to the South Pole, but here is one of the key members of that expedition some 10 years on, reflecting on it all, from start to finish.To say heroic, is just simply an understatement. Cherry-Garrard's very own 'worst journey' with Wilson and Bowers off to Cape Crozier to c [...]

    25. Originally published in 1921, this book is an account of Scott’s Second Antarctic Expedition written by one of the participants. Apsley Cherry-Garrard has combined his observations with the journals of several members of the party into a narrative of both the scientific and exploratory objectives. He paints a picture of Scott, not as concerned with the “race to the pole” as with the enhancement of human knowledge. Recommended to those who enjoy detailed first hand accounts of explorations. [...]

    26. Finito a malincuore. Il racconto dell'epopea della conquista del Polo Sud del Capitano Scott e della sua squadra di intrepidi mi ha coinvolto in modo appassionante e finanche doloroso. Non è un libro di viaggi, non è un resoconto, è molto di più: è la narrazione appassionata di un'idea totalizzante. Ogni riga, ogni pagina esprime questa incredibile tensione alla scoperta, alla conoscenza. Narrata senza un filo di autocompiacimento o di morbosità ma con un'asciuttezza di stile che rende que [...]

    27. Actually, I listened to this book on Audible. It's possible that it could have accompanied me to the end of the world and back again. It is not short, and the better for it. You feel invested in the staggering persistence and extraordinary, dogged, foolhardiness that stretches over years. Listening to it unfold at its own pace was a distinctive experience; never boring, but almost mesmerizing. Some of the casual descriptions of appalling and/or hilarious events were all the more perfect for the [...]

    28. Well-deserved place atop the world's greatest adventure stories ever told. (Whether Cherry-Garrard wrote it himself, or had Shaw help him, is irrelevant, in my opinion.)The title of the book refers to a brief slice of the 1911 trip to Antarctica that killed Scott and many members of his expedition. Scott's race to the South Pole is the background, the "worst journey" refers to a side-trip made by two members of the party. (I won't spoil it with any other details.) This is a flat-out superb book, [...]

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