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January 2, 2015

This book is an inferior copy of the original text and nothing more.
I was given this book as a Father's Day gift in 2014. I was thrilled until I started to read it a few months later. There are no maps or photographs, as I imagine there would have been in the original publication. Also missing is Cherry-Garrard's introduction. There is no frontispiece with information about who has published it and if it is copyrighted. Then I noticed that on the last page it states that it was printed in Lexington, Kentucky on 17 June 2014, which happens to be the date and location from which it was shipped to me. I may be wrong but it seems to me that this was produced at Amazon's own facility and these books are printed to order. It has been produced in a slipshod manner. The spelling of the author's first name is incorrect on the front cover. Some of the chapters begin with quotations from poems, for example, chapter nine begins with lines from "Ulysses" by Tennyson but the text is all run together without the correct line spacing. There are numerous errors in the text that lead one to believe that it was not proof-read at all. The pagination is not correct, for example, chapter eight includes extracts from Lashly's journal regarding the motor-sleds. On pages 186 and 187 the bottom lines are the dates referring to the text starting on the following pages. All in all this is a very poor production and very disappointing.

May 29, 2016

Something was seriously wrong.
This book was surely written by a beautiful person. At the time of the second Scott expedition to Antarctica, this person was young, loyal, hard working, sensitive to beauty, attentive to the best in every person, courageous, and very near-sighted..

The loveliness of this man makes me angry at Scott and his right-hand men (like the scientist Wilson). I can't help but feel that there was something seriously wrong about the Scott expedition. The author at maybse 25 - 27 years accompanied Wilson and Bowers, another right-hand man, on the "worst journey" of the book's title. This was a six week trek over ice in the middle of winter in the total darkness with temperatures that descended to -73 degrees F. in order to --- collect the eggs of Emperor Penguin's. During the journey, the author could not wear his eyeglasses. He starved. With the two others, he had to despair. The nerves of his teeth were killed by the frost. At one point, Wilson told him, "You simply must learn to use an ice ax". Plainly our author may not have been trained or able to see. Yet, throughout the author looks up to Wilson, whereas it seems to me that Wilson was a somewhat crazed and obssessed man without a true regard for his fellows.

An expedition that would have sent three men into the unknown in the most frightful season in the most frightful unknown place was stupid and cruel. No concepts of duty or advancement of science can excuse the entire incompetence and carelessness. I suppose the expedition was systematized only by a sense of honor and manliness.

There was something wrong about the Scott expedition. From this book, it struck me as old-fashioned or rigid in values, too loose in organization, too diffuse in its goals, too classist. As to the latter two, the author tells us that the expedition was primarily scientific. If so, the journey to the Pole was not necessary as science could have been satisfied by a concentration of resources that the Polar journey diluted. Additionally, the author here would perhaps not have had to take the worst journey and another group of researchers would not have been stranded for a whole winter (!) on their own while Scott went to the Pole. As to may remark about classism, I am struck with the disregard, almost contempt, in which the ordinary seaman Edgar Evans is discussed or ignored, and the honor heaped on Oates of the cavalry or dragoons ---- as if both men as they died had not given their total "vitality", as the author might say, to the Polar journey.

I will read more about the author. I understand that a biography of him has recently been published (?). I would like to know what happened to him as I sense that he essentially knew that he was in the hands of the unorganized, to say the least, and the obssessive, to say the most.

December 26, 2015

A classic!!!
Reading this very long, two volume book was an experience unlike any other. I had to read it in somewhat short bursts because the fear of what awful thing could possibly happen next to: the ponies, the dogs and the men, was unbearably painful. This story is told in multiple points of view, all eyewitness, from notes, letters and diaries. Cherry-Garrard did a masterful, empathetic, professional and heartfelt job of compiling and weaving together his experiences with those of his companions. These men were giants of bravery, fortitude, intelligence, comradship, cooperation, planning and the ability to push beyond all physical and emotional boundaries -- in constant darkness, ferocious blizzards, low low temperatures, exhaustion, fear, grief, and more. It is the detailed story of Scott's three year and final unto death journey of scientific discovery and ultimately reaching the south pole (unfortunately, Amundsun got there first). They don't make men like this anymore. It would be worth reading accounts of all the participants, as each had specialties, and unique personal character traits that meshed into a perfect working system that seemed to bring out the best in all. The story of the author's trek to collect penguin embryoes in the worst conditions imaginable can't be bettered and all to have the scientific community in Britain act like the specimens were virtually boring souvenirs. These men almost died many times obtaining the eggs and getting them back to the main hut. Another heart in mouth moment was rescuing the ponies drifting off on an iceflow that had broken away and being circled by hungry killer whales. Sad as I felt for the sufferings of the men, it was even worse reading about the plucky ponies who shouldn't have been in that extreme environment in the first place. Poor things. This book is a must read for anyone interested in knowing about a life(ves) well lived! Also it is a peaen to the beauty of this vast continent. You don't normally think of explorers as poetic souls but often the only book brought along on a sledge haul was one of poetry. Some of the atmospheric effects described with phantom suns and brilliant colors make me want to visit, something I would never have been interested in before. There are also lovely descriptions of seal and penguin personalities and antics. This book puts you through the whole emotional gamut -- better than any novel.

May 6, 2014

useless without maps and illustrations
Well, maybe not entirely useless, but almost so. One of the great things about this book is the author's collection of maps and images from other explorers, none of which are accessible in this Kindle edition.

February 17, 2018

Excellent! Worth buying and worth reading!
Outstanding! This is so good; I bought the book as well as the kindle version. An intriguing report of exploration. The journey to bring back the Emperor Penguin eggs was extraordinary. I learned a lot and also did some further reading.

There is still more to the story that Cherry-Garrard did not include, (i.e., the plan for the British explorers to meet a German explorer at the pole}. Given the time that Cherry wrote the book, just after serving in the War, it is understandable that the German explorer was not mentioned. It is also possible that Cherry was unaware of the coordination intended with the German team since it did not really concern him. Cherry described his role as, "adaptable helper" with little formal responsibility. The incredible effort of the team is especially moving written from this point of view.
Cherry-Garrard did the world a great service by writing this book, I think. There is a lot of wisdom in his writing.


December 11, 2017

What Man Will do for Science
Only read this book after reading an article in Smithsonian Magazine. It struck my curiosity regarding article expeditions. Wow, what man will do for science or fame? But, mostly I was touched by the care and concern each team mate provided each other. Also, as an animal lover I was struck by the care given the ponies, mules and dogs. These men were extraordinary individuals who can be compared to current and past astronauts.

July 2, 2011

The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard (Salzwasser Verlag edition)
The "Look Inside" for the (paperback 2010) Salzwasser Verlag edition of The Worst Journey in the World shows color illustration, but this over-priced book actually contains all black-and-white illustrations that are very poor in quality. Based on the "Look Inside", I mistakenly assumed that the price of the book was exceptionally high ($110) because it contained reproductions of the color illustrations as they appeared in the original book, but that is NOT the case. This edition offers nothing that recommends it over the other several cheaper knock-offs of the complete (Volumes I & II) "Worst Journey", and definitely its price is not worth it. But there are worser, and probably the worst publishing injustice perpetrated against "The Worst Journey" is the "Bibliobazaar" mammoth-size print-on-demand in huge typesize, apparently designed for the near-blind-weight-lifter market. I hope one day Mr. Cherry-Garrard's extraordinary classic will be re-published in the long-overdue quality edition that it deserves, with all of its color illustrations and maps restored. If that's what you're looking for, you will not find it in this Salzwasser Verlag edition. -- CAVEAT EMPTOR

December 24, 2014

Riveting For Those With An Adventurer's Heart
I've read The Worst Journey In The World (which is encompassed by this work), Alfred Lansing's Endurance, and several others in the genre. This one is wonderfully done for those of us who want more; more of the thoughts, feelings, and words of the others on the expedition.

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!

September 3, 2017

Don't buy this edition!
I'm going to donate this book to a thrift shop and get a better edition. Clearly, this book is now in the public domaine, so it's been picked up by a number of publishers. This edition seems to have been done in the dark by a high school sophomore with limited skills: it is badly laid out, hard to read, not proofread. It made reading the text a slog, so I quit.

June 24, 2014

Worst Journey is Detailed and Awesome
Gosh this is a big book! I stuck with it, however, and found it really educating in the details of Antarctic exploration of that period. I was struck by the pre-WW1 optimism and also the 'pluck' of these Brits. It's hard to know if there was a cultural filter against complaining in that culture, but across multiple authors a positive attitude prevails despite some of the most miserable conditions imaginable.

The actual Worst Journey is just one of their many journeys, but it reflects the drive for advancing science. Such misery and risk! All to fetch penguin eggs in the winter. All of their journeys were quite risky and miserable as well as rewarding.

These were iron tough, smart, objective people who were about scientific knowledge above all. Flag waving and the goal of the South Pole were subservient to the first love, science. That emphasis likely killed Scott. The whole of their story makes a fascinating read. Highly recommended if you have the attention span and interest in cool-headed adventure.

May 6, 2013

Most Comprehensive Account of Scott's Fateful Journey
After having read The Last Place on Earth (Modern Library Exploration) and The Last Expedition (Vintage Classics) I would say this book from 1922 covers the 1910-1913 Antarctic period and the various British expeditions accomplished by Scott and his men the best. Including Scott's final trip to the Pole. Author Cherry-Garrard, who was a member of Scott's team who turned back short of the Pole and survived, touches on all the not so 'new' theories of recent years, on why Scott failed, scurvy and poor diet, poor seals on the fuel cans, highly unusual weather conditions in March and he also posits that Scott's meal plans, where every man had the same allowance, was seriously flawed. Evans, a big muscular man who was expected to work harder and do more by Scott, did not receive more food than the others, with smaller builds, and Evans died first on the return from the Pole. If you have not had enough of pannikins, man-hauling, primus stoves and hoosh, you will not regret reading this book. The free Kindle edition does not have pictures.

July 27, 2012

Terrible edition of a classic adventure saga
This edition of Cherry-Garrard's classic was extremely disappointing. I received it as a gift and did not begin reading it immediately. If I had, I would have returned it immediately. It is an outwardly attractive paperback that seems sturdy and well bound, but, there is incomplete publishing information, illustrations are lacking, no forward or afterward, etc. The cover should have told the tale; the author's name is misspelled! I assume the complete text of the original is contained within the covers, but nothing else. This is a cheap knock-off of a classic text and the publisher should be ashamed of producing such an inferior product. This edition was published 25 February, 2012 according to my copy, but Amazon says December 23, 2011. I received this copy for Christmas, 2011, so the information on the last printed page of the book must be incorrect. Buyer beware, you can do much better by buying another edition of this incredible book.

May 24, 2013

Great book but there were no illustrations with this digital edition
The original book had extensive illustrations but this digital version does not seem to include any, pretty disappointing as they significantly enhance the original book.

September 9, 2015

A great telling of the 1911-13 Scott expedition to Antartica and ...
A great telling of the 1911-13 Scott expedition to Antartica and the South Pole. The title refers to the mid winter trip to collect Emperor penguin eggs. More that enough detail to satisfy even the most inquisitive reader. Some maps (and photos) would help understand the various trips. Could use a good editing. Very enjoyable. I will pass it on to my friends who are interested in Antartica.

August 14, 2018

Glad I Read It
In writing this book, the author's intent was to provide information to others who might make similar journeys. He wanted to further the future of polar exploration, seeing it as an iterative process. Due to this fact, and the fact that he quotes a lot from his and others diaries, the book can be a bit tedious at times. It contains details about daily rations, daily routines and so forth that are good to have on record, but don't generally provide a riveting read.

That having been said, this is a very interesting book about people performing seemingly unimaginable feats in the name of science and discovery. Just astounding, really, that they attempted and for the most part succeeded on these journeys. Although it did lag at times, I am very glad that I read it.

August 22, 2019

This is the best book about polar exploration I've read, and that's saying something. By drawing not just on his own diaries but also those of other members of Scott's expeditions, Cherry-Garrard conveys better than anyone the rigors of polar exploration in the last century. The description of the expedition to gather emperor penguin eggs is one of the most harrowing I've ever read.

February 5, 2018

Incredible adventure
This book is written by a young man obviously just looking for an adventure. He got more than he reckoned. Some of this book was as little boring but some of it had you unable to put the book down. It speaks of the strength of the human spirit. Many times these men should not have survived and you ask yourself why? Cherry answers this question well, as only one who goes through this ordeal can. You can't help but feel sad for all these men. There are few tougher. This is a must read. I got the kindle edition which has no maps which I had to look up on my computer. They would have been very helpful. I enjoyed 95 percent of this book.

August 2, 2018

One Star
Difficult read...

February 15, 2016

A very dry book
I wasn't able to finish the book due to shear boredom. This is pretty rare for me since I read a lot of these types of books. I gave it a fair shot but it was too dry and overly descriptive on even the most mundane of things.

November 1, 2019

Great story; no maps!!!!!!!
This is an incredible first-person account of Scott' attempt to reach the South Pole. The book is detailed and allows a glimpse into the extreme conditions in Antarctica. However, even though there is a list of maps, photos and drawings, none of these are in the Kindle edition. This made reading the book extremely frustrating. I ended up purchasing a hardback copy so I could access maps, etc.

February 13, 2018

good histoy read
It is a historical record rather than an adventure book. A lot of words and processes that I had to look up because they are so out of date. This makes it a little tedious to read. What you do get from it is a real sense of what it was like to explore a hundred years ago. Everything was terrifying by today's standards. How quickly we panic without cell service seems silly by comparison.

September 27, 2017

Three Stars
Interesting but tedious reading

December 18, 2013

The Worst Journey in the World
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!

August 18, 2013

Rather dry, but I'll finish it. No less than I expected...Some of our future were in the hands of these people..

September 26, 2017

Very gripping reading. It reveals the utmost limits of ...
Very gripping reading. It reveals the utmost limits of human endurance. Somewhat confusing as to who is telling the story as several diaries are used.

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