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The Worst Journey in the World [Paperback]

Apsley Cherry-Garrard

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Dec 23 2011
In 1910 - hoping that the study of penguin eggs would provide an evolutionary link between birds and reptiles - a group of explorers left Cardiff by boat on an expedition to Antarctica. Not all of them would return. Written by one of its survivors, "The Worst Journey in the World" tells the moving and dramatic story of the disastrous expedition.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Empire Books (Dec 23 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619491877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619491878
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 of Scott and three men who had accompanied Scott on the final push to the Pole. These deaths would haunt Cherry-Garrard for the rest of his life as he questioned the decisions he had made and the actions he had taken in the days leading up to the Polar Party's demise.

Prior to this sad denouement, Cherry-Garrard's account is filled with details of scientific discovery and anecdotes of human resilience in a harsh environment. Each participant in the Scott expedition is brought fully to life. Cherry-Garrard's recollections are supported by diary excerpts and accounts from other teammates. Despite the sad fate of Scott, the reader will grudgingly agree with the closing words of The Worst Journey in the World: "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.... If you march your Winter Journeys you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin's egg." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Cherry-Gerrard was the only survivor of Scott's last journey to the South Pole, and was a member of the search party that later discovered the remains of Scott and his comrades. His story was originally published in a limited edition in the 1920s but has not been available in the United States since.-- MR
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  23 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Feb. 6 2014
By Joan Benjamin Farren - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book. Wry sense of humor, wonderful description of his comrades, the cold, the beauty, and his states of mind.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read Jan. 15 2014
By Karl Potraz - Published on Amazon.com
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Being an avid hiker I could relate to parts of their journey. Other parts are unbelievable that they could endure so much. I have to get out more.
4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version lacks maps and images Dec 21 2013
By Jonny - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book. You should know that if you get the Kindle version, you won't get any maps or images. Every bit of this book references different glaciers, peaks, sounds, and sledge routes that lose meaning without some frame of reference. I'd suggest getting the paperback or hardcover version of this book to truly enjoy it.
3.0 out of 5 stars The Worst Journey in the World Dec 18 2013
By Donna Green - Published on Amazon.com
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I am reading this in preparation for a trip to Antarctica and I am sure my journey will be much better than Scott's! To me, the descriptions of the equipment, supplies, and procedures used in 1910 are the most interesting parts of this book. I am hoping that the advances we have made in the last century will make this vacation easier for soft 2014 tourists!
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting factual book on the exploration of the Antarctic Dec 7 2013
By rbar - Published on Amazon.com
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great book on the exploration of the antarctic and Scott's party in their attempt to be the first to the South Pole. Also has interesting first hand accounts of the harrowing winter journey to the penguin rookery to collect samples for scientific study . Not an easy read as it was written in the early 1900's and some of the words are not commonly used; but a great book none the less. I found it an interesting book that I will read again.
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