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The Worst Journey in the World
The Worst Journey in the World: With Scott in Antarctica 1910-1913 | Apsley Cherry-Garrard
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"The Worst Journey in the World is to travel writing what War and Peace is to the novel . . . a masterpiece."The New York Review of Books "When people ask me, 'What is your favorite travel book?' I nearly always name this book. It is about courage, misery, starvation, heroism, exploration, discovery, and friendship." Paul Theroux National Geographic Adventure magazine hailed this volume as the #1 greatest adventure book of all time. Published in 1922 by an expedition survivor, it recounts the riveting tale of Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated race to the South Pole. Apsley Cherry-Garrard, the youngest member of the party, offers sensitive characterizations of each of his companions. Their journal entries complement his narrative, providing vivid perspectives on the expedition's dangers and hardships as well as its inspiring examples of optimism, strength, and selflessness. Hoping to prove a missing link between reptiles and birds, the author and his companions traveled through the dead of Antarctic winter to the remote breeding grounds of the Emperor Penguin. They crossed a frozen sea in utter darkness, dragging an 800-pound sledge through blizzards, howling winds, and average temperatures of 60 below zero. This "worst journey" was followed by the disastrous trek to the South Pole. Cherry-Garrard's compelling account constitutes a moving testament to Scott and to the other men of the expedition. This new edition of the adventure classic features several pages of vintage photographs.
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Daria: "This story is about a group of twenty people who sailed from Britain to New Zealand and then Antarctica. I'm reading it in Russian because I'm from Moldova which is part of Eastern Europe. My husband is a mountaineer, so I'm really interested in exploring beautiful places on the planet. He's on an expedition right now on Mount Rainier. There is so much beauty to see. We shouldn't be limited. We should live in an open world."

saresmoore This is beautiful. 3y
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HotCocoaReads
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And I tell you, if you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore.

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MeaMck
Worst Journey in the World | Apsley Cherry-Garrard
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First snow day of the season means dropping whatever I've been reading and picking up some polar history. This instantly became one of my favourites. Cherry-Garrard is so immensely likeable and the story, of course, is so brutal; the combination makes the book impossible to put down (even during some long bits about penguins)

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agoodstoppingpt
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"We travelled for Science."

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SaintUrsula
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This book was written by the youngest member of Scott's expedition to the South Pole. He didn't go to the Pole itself (Scott was beaten there by Amundsen's Norwegian team and all members of Scott's group died on the way back), but Cherry-Garrard has lots to say about 3 years in the Antarctic. Isolation, adventure, suffering, overcoming.

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jdtchicago

Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised.

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SaintUrsula
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This is my work accompaniment for the morning - tea and polar exploration.

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RachelWeber

"Polar exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised."