- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Classics (1 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099530376
- ISBN-13: 978-0099530374
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Worst Journey In The World (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 1 Apr 2010
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"'The Worst Journey in the World is to travel what War and Peace is to the novel... a masterpiece'" (New York Review of Books)
"The best polar book there is" (Observer)
"Probably the best adventure yarn ever published" (Independent)
"Remains the masterpiece of heroic travel" (The Times)
"The finest book ever written about Antarctic exploration as well as a great literary classic" (Peter Matthiessen)
'When people ask me... "What is your favourite travel book?" I nearly always name this book. It is about courage, misery, starvation, heroism, exploration, discovery and friendship' Paul TherouxSee all Product description
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Cherry-Gararrd's account only skims over the expedition's initial finance, selection and organisation which obviously had a direct bearing upon the outcome. It would also be nice if a future edition could provide a short follow-up on the subsequent fates of the major characters apart from the Polar Party.
As for comments on style, pace and keeping bad readers interested. If you want a Wikipedia summary or a Hollywood movie then don't look here. If you have the patience to hear the real story from a genuine hero then your effort will be well rewarded. The details are there for a reason, by the end I felt that I had been there in some tiny insignificant way as well and lost some good friends. Sensationalist revisions by lesser men can follow afterwards, if you so wish.
This book gives a more in depth look at the whole Polar Expedition as well as incisive looks into the personalities of great ordinary men like Scott, Wilson, Bowers, Oates and Cherry-Garrard himself. Though he tries hard to be self-effacing and never even attempts to grab some glory for himself, you can't help but notice the quiet strength in the man. I'm thankful he took his time to write of his experiences and those of his mates.
The trip down on the Terra Nova was absolutely frightful. I cannot imagine being phased in the least by the following adventures after the passage! You will be stunned by the description of that voyage at the very start of their hardships to come. I wish there were more adjectives to describe the men involved but all fall short of describing them. Enjoy!
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