Originally published September 11th, 2014
This book was very oddly put together. Cherry-Garrard jumped all over the place relating the goings-on and frequently repeated the same bits of information multiple times. I’d file this as a useful book to have if you’re doing an extensive study on polar exploration, but it’s a hard slog to get through and there are better books. Like Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition by Owen Beattie, or The Frozen Ship: The Histories and Tales of Polar Exploration by Sarah Moss.
The e-book edition of The Worst Journey in the World I purchased had a 230 page introduction. Two hundred and thirty pages! I’d gotten into the habit of reading the introductions of history books but I just had to skip this one.
Also, they took ponies with them to the South Pole. Because when I think of an animal designed to endure the rigors of polar weather I totally think of a small horse. Right. It’d be a comedy of errors if everybody didn’t die. As it is, it kind of reads like a “how not to explore the South Pole” manual. Seriously, they did everything wrong and on top of all that the competing Norwegian team did it all in less time, didn’t die, and made it to the pole first. That must have been a bitter pill to swallow.