Scott of the Antarctic

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U of Nebraska Press, 1990 - 303 páginas
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After Robert Peary claimed to have reached the North Pole in 1909, polar explorers looked toward the South. Robert Falcon Scott, whose 1901?1904 expedition into Antarctica's frozen shoulder had made him a celebrity in England, began plans to return. In June1910 the Terra Nova sailed toward the earth's underbelly.

When Scott'søparty reached the South Pole on January 17,1912, after severe hardships, they discovered that the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had beat them to it a month before. Demoralized, frozen, exhausted, and starved, they started to retrace their painful steps over the ice but were forced to stop only eleven miles from a supply depot. By a supreme act of will, the captain managed to write his last letters, which were found with the bodies in November.



Elspeth Huxley draws on those letters and diaries in her luminous biography. It reaches back to Scott's first voyage to the Antarctic, introduces the charming sculptor he married in middle age after a whirlwind of self-doubt, and builds up to the last expedition?a marvel of teamwork?that will always be remembered for the nobility shown by men facing death. The story of Robert Falcon Scott is all the more interesting because he was a complex, self-questioning man whose conquest of the self was "a feat perhaps more admirable than the conquest of the Pole."

 

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THIS book started my obsession with Antarctica, many years ago. I placed Scott on a pedestal and was devastated when he was pushed off by further reading. Ler crítica na íntegra

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MARKHAMS CHOICE
1
GOING TO SEA
6
FAMILY DISASTER
15
MARKHAMS BATTLE
22
THE JOINT COMMITTEE
33
SCIENTISTS AND SAILORS
44
McMuRoo SOUND
58
ANTARCTIC WINTER
71
IN LOVE
166
THE DIE 1s CAST
174
DRUMMING UP PENNIES
182
FURL TOPGALLANT SAILS
194
To ONE TON DEPOT
207
THE WORST JOURNEY
218
WINTER AT CAPE EVANS
229
AN AWFUL PLACE
238

SUMMER SLEDGING DEAD DOGS
82
SHACKLETON GOES HOME
100
THE MOST DESOLATE REGION ON EARTH
110
MARKHAMS DOWNFALL
122
HOMEWARD BOUND
132
PENMANSHIP AND No MEDALS
139
SHACKLETONS CHALLENGE
150
THE END OF THE ROAD
250
FINALE
259
Biographical Notes
273
Note on Sources
285
Bibliography
289
Index
291
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