August 28, 2014
Don't buy this edition, buy the Benediction Classics
This review refers to the Hardback Picador Travel Classics 1994 edition.
Cherry-Garrard's book is a tours de force, a classic of exploration and
endurance. Having read it on Kindle I was desperate to obtain a hard
back edition with the illustrations of the original (these are missing
in my Kindle edition and it does make some aspects of the story hard to
follow). Original period editions are a shocking price, so I was looking
for the next best thing. Having read reviews on Amazon, one of which
referred to the maps in this edition I went ahead and bought it. Well,
the good news is that this edition is a very handy size to take away and
read on a trip, and it's cheap. The bad news is that it contains not
one single illustration. No maps, no photographs, no sketches, nothing. I
find this very surprising for a hardback, and, well, I already had the
equivalent on Kindle.
Since then I've gone and bought the
Benediction Classics 2007 Hardback edition. It contains all the
illustrations of the original two volumes, and though some are rather
small, I'm happy when I compare the price to an original.
Unfortunately, unlike this edition it has been reviewed only once, and
then by someone who describes themselves as "not a great reader". It has
been, in my opinion, terribly under-rated.
In short, if you want a reasonably priced hard back copy of a classic, don't get this, get the Benediction Classics.