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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (March 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486477320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486477329
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By sad and timeless on August 17, 2010
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The Worst Journey in the World has been called the one of the greatest travel book in English, and not just by me. At one time it was about to go out of print and was brought back from the edge of death by enthusiasts writing appreciations of it for magazines and newspapers. It is a fabulous, hair-raising page-turner about a group of intrepid Englishmen, part of the doomed Scott polar expedition, who rather breezily set off in the polar winter on a side expedition to the coast to get eggs of the emperor penguin for scientific study. Sub-zero temperatures! howling winds! crummy equipment! arctic darkness! stiff (literally) upper lips! They are all there.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda Dobson on August 9, 2010
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It would be difficult to exaggerate the impression this book made on me. Knowing how it ends does not for a second take away any of the suspense and awe of this story. Cherry-Girard is able to make you understand what kept these men going. You grow to admire them, root for them and even to love them. They were such gentlemen. Their bravery was without bravado. Courtesy never lapsed under the absolute worst imaginable strains.
Reading this book made me want to go and see that continent, so beautiful were his descriptions. I did go see it, and would return in an instant if I got the chance.
I am a woman past middle age, and yet this story of adventure and scientific discovery is one of my all time favorite books. Believe me, you will not be sorry you spent some time on Robert Scott's expedition to the south pole.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SpinninginAntarctica on January 26, 2011
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As one of the participants in the Terra Nova Expedition, Apsley Cherry-Garrard is more than qualified to write about it. He brings to life the events and adventures of the men of Scott's Expedtition, the good things and the bad things, the dreary things and the exciting things.
When he begins the book, "Cherry" seems to be angry, railing at the circumstances of the trip, but then he hits a stride and remembers the event rather than the emotion of it, which makes for much better reading. Relating the tale of the party waking at 2am to the sound of booming, realizing that the ice on which they are camped has broken off into floes and they are now on the way out to sea, the horses on the other floe, kind of give the reader pause. Cherry recounts the story of the rest of the day, the campers hop-scotching from one floe to the next, WITH horses, trying to make it back to shore, all the time watched by Orcas, with one eye out of the water, circling and waiting.....can't get much more exciting than that....But it does!

You'll just have to read it yourself and find out!

Marion
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stasie on September 4, 2013
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Words fail me when I talk about the Heroic Age of the Antarctic explorations of the past century so to describe this and similar books I purchased here and read: "Endurance" (Shackleton's voyage of 1914-17); "Birdie Bowers - Captain Scott's Marvel"; "Captain Scott's Last Expedition" (his diaries); this "Worst Journey..." I just take off my hat, bow to the experiences and courage of both the authors and their characters, and hold a respectful silence.
The author of this particular book has gone long lengths at I guess a great personal expense to revive his memories, put them to words, make a selfless effort to decorate them with delicate humour, scrape to the surface every single raw detail and present us with the vivid and precious description of the Worst Journey in the World.
Thank you, Cherry! Hope writing this book helped you, at least a little bit, to come to terms with what had happened in the great white vastness in that dreadful setting winter of 1912.
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