A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard
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Apsley Cherry-Garrard was one of the youngest members of Robert Falcon Scott’s legendary expedition to Antarctica, the last man sent out to meet Captain Scott and his men in February 1912, when they were expected to return victorious any day from the South Pole. He embarked on his own epic journey into the Antarctic winter to collect eggs of the Emperor penguin. It was dark all the time, his teeth shattered, and the tent blew away in the cold. “But we kept our tempers,” he wrote, “even with God.”
After serving in the First World War, with zealous encouragement from his neighbor George Bernard Shaw, Cherry wrote the undisputed masterpiece of polar literature, The Worst Journey in the World. But as the years progressed, he faced a terrible struggle against depression and despair. Sara Wheeler’s Cherry is the first biography of this great hero of Antarctic exploration, written with unrestricted access to his papers and with the full cooperation of his family.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
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If you want to read this book because you are an Antarctic enthusiast, I highly recommend it. It is a comprehensive biography of the other 71 years of this author/explorer's life.
If you want to read this book to enjoy the history of polar exploration or to be titillated by a rollicking good yarn from this heroic age, this book is not for you.
Many men who achieved immortality in the polar regions during this era returned to "civilization" and had difficulty reintegrating. This is the very depressing story of one such man rather brilliantly detailed.