Real Men Read – “The Worst Journey in the World” by Apsely Cherry-Garrard
Thursday, March 23, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
About the Book
A firsthand account of Scott’s disastrous Antarctic expedition
The Worst Journey in the World recounts Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. Apsley Cherry-Garrard—the youngest member of Scott’s team and one of three men to make and survive the notorious Winter Journey—draws on his firsthand experiences as well as the diaries of his compatriots to create a stirring and detailed account of Scott’s legendary expedition. Cherry himself would be among the search party that discovered the corpses of Scott and his men, who had long since perished from starvation and brutal cold. It is through Cherry’s insightful narrative and keen descriptions that Scott and the other members of the expedition are fully memorialized.
In his introduction to the harrowing story of the Scott expedition to the South Pole, Apsley Cherry-Garrard states that “Polar Exploration is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time which has been devised.” This is his gripping account of an expedition gone disastrously wrong.
Summing up the reasons for writing the book, Cherry-Garrard said: “To me, and perhaps to you, the interest in this story is the men, and it is the spirit of the men, “the response of the spirit,” which is interesting rather than what they did or failed to do: except in a superficial sense, they never failed… It is a story about human minds with all kinds of ideas and questions involved, which stretch beyond the furthest horizons.”
About the Author
Born in Bedford, as Apsley George Benet Cherry, he was educated at Winchester College and at Christ Church, Oxford where he read classics and modern history.
About the event
Real Men Read meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm in our Cold Spring branch meeting room. We read various fiction titles ranging from classics to modern sci-fi, and non-fiction including history, biography, and popular science.
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