The Worst Journey in the World
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The Worst Journey in the World
Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Travel & Adventure
Jul 31, 2018
Apsley Cherry-Garrard accompanied Captain Robert Falcon Scott on the latter’s ill-fated journey to Antarctica in 1910–12. At age twenty-four, “Cherry” (as he was familiarly known) was the youngest member of the expedition. He wasn’t one of the four who went with Scott on the last leg of the actual trip to the South Pole, but Cherry did belong to the team that eventually discovered the bodies of Scott and the others in the frozen wasteland of the “Great Ice Barrier.” Given this book’s dramatic title, it’s no surprise that it has always had readers. Yet its stature has grown in the decades since its original publication, so much so that the critic A. Alvarez would make the following claim for it in the late 1990s: “The Worst Journey in the World is to travel writing what War and Peace is to the novel or Herzen’s Memoirs are to autobiography: the book by which all the rest are measured.” That is just what Cherry-Garrard’s chronicle of polar exploration is: the greatest travel and adventure narrative ever written.
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Oct 28, 2018
If there was a bright side to the Scott expedition to the South Pole, Cherry-Garrard showed true grit
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A phenomenal accounting of how early Antarctic exploration was carried out, as well as the best first-hand account of the doomed Scott expedition of 1910-1912, which attempted to be the first to reach the South Pole. Scott and his band died only a short distance from rescue, and Apsley-Garrard, who was extremely close to members of that team, writes heart-breathtakingly of discovering that he was only a few miles away when they perished. If you are going to read one book about Antarctic history, this is it.
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