Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard

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Random House, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 353 pages
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The first authorized biography of the antarctic explorer who gave us the greatest classic of polar literature
In February 1912, Apsley Cherry-Garrard drove a team of dogs 150 miles to a desolate outpost on Antarctica's rough ice shelf to meet Robert Falcon Scott and his men, who were expected to return victor-ious any day from their epic race to the South Pole. Winter was closing in, and Cherry was handicapped by brutal temperatures and diminishing light. Less than two weeks later, three dying men pitched their tent for the last time just twelve miles to the south. One was Captain Scott, the leader of the expedition. The other two, Birdie Bowers and Bill Wilson, were the closest friends Cherry had ever had.
Ten months later, once the polar winter had released them from captivity, Cherry and his search party found the tent, piled with snow and pinned to the ice by his friends' corpses. It was a tragedy that would rever-berate around the world and inspire Cherry to write his masterpiece," The Worst Journey in the World," which recently topped "National Geographic"'s list of the 100 greatest adventure books of all time.
Cherry discovered in his writing a means to work out his grief and anger, but in life these doubts and fears proved far harder to quell. As the years progressed, he struggled against depression, breakdown, and despair, and was haunted by the possibility that he alone had had the opportunity to save Scott and his friends.
Sara Wheeler's Cherry is the first biography of this soul-searching explorer, written with unrestricted access to his papers and the full cooperation of his widow--who has refused all requests until now. Wheeler's biography brings to lifethis great hero of Antarctic exploration and gives us a glimpse of the terrible human cost of his adventures.

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User Review  - vguy - LibraryThing

Cracking good book. I'll miss him; the old curmudgeon became quite a pal. Lovely touches include her descriptions of the weather and the state of the gardens - now how did she research that? and the ... Read full review

CHERRY: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A nimble and discerning biography of an aristocratic adventurer who wrote one of the finest books on polar exploration. Considering the adoration in which he is held in polar circles, it comes as a ... Read full review


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Sara Wheeler spent seven months in Antarctica in 1995 as writer in residence with the U.S. Polar Program. She is the author of Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica, an international bestseller chosen by Beryl Bainbridge as one of the best books of the year, and Travels in a Thin Country, a finalist for the Thomas Cook Award, both available from the Modern Library.

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