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Apsley Cherry Garrard 1886 1959 was one of the youngest members of Captain Scott's final expedition to the Antarctic Cherry despite his sh. I read Cherry Garrard s The Worst Journey in the World many years ago without learning anything about the author except that the book itself was as good a tale as I d heard Sara Wheeler s biography is also a great book well written and sympathetic but man he was a tragic character He was I think the youngest and an unlikely member of Scott s last Antarctic expedition in 1911 it was the high point in his life and nothing ever again came close He was a privileged member of the upper class but did not actually do anything beyond administer his family s estate which he didn t like anyway and gradually sold off It took him 10 years to write the definitive TWJITW and ever after he would keep rewriting the introduction in response to various criticisms and the publication of other books on the expedition He was locked in depression throughout his life mostly agonizing about whether he could have saved Scott perhaps he was suffering from PTSD Not sure although he even appeared to benefit from ECT for a while But that s really all he did obsess about what might have been or been done differently

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Cherry a life of Apsley Cherry Garrard

Below zero it was dark all the time his teeth shatterd in the cold and the tent blew away But we kept our tempers Cherry wrote even with G. I had mixed feelings buying this book because I thought it would mainly focus on the depression Cherrry had in his later life after the ill fated antarctic expedition and how he coped with it Of course a large part of this book is exactly about that incident but it isnt boring or makes the reader skip pagesThis biography includes many information of his childhood such as cute letters he wrote to his mother as a five year old Cherry then studied at Oxford and after his fathers death became he basically a young multimillionaire1910 he met Wilson and signed up for the Terra Nova expedition The only reason why I didnt rate this book 5 stars is that the expedition is portrayed so shortlyMerely 2 chapters the South Pole Journey is described in 2 pages onlyThe part after the expedtion focuses on the friendships he made in antarctica and especially those friends to which he kept contact till his death This and the story of his book The Worst Journey In The World I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS ONE were the most interestong part in this book for the most readers dont know much about these process I loved the writing style of the author since its easy to understand light but has a certain depthSo for all people who want to know about Apsley Cherry Garrard and his life especially after the expedition this book is a goldmine

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Ort sight undertook an epic journey in the Antarctic winter to collect the eggs of the Emperor penguin The temperature fell to 70 degrees. In this biography a survivor of Robert Scott s ill fated 1910 polar expedition tries to grapple with a modern England I gather that the author became interested in this story after writing her Antarctica travelogue I love the prior book but this biography is not good Wheeler is weirdly in love with her subject eager to make apologies for him The tension between competing demands and responsibilities combined with a highly strung disposition was a heavy burden for a young man No wonder he got a third class degree Her evaluation of his one book seemsoverly generous it was a superlative piece of art that vaults above the human experience which gave it form Also she s apparently oblivious to how the historical record works She makes a great deal about the amount of ink that Cherry Garrad spills on his book deals and interprets this as a sign of his obsessive neurotic fixation on the failed polar expedition which seems likely but also you know letters about royalties to publishers is the kind of financial record that tends to survive No historian worth her salt is going to see this particular documentary strata and think that their survival indicates anything about their biographical importance beyond a possible plaintiff and a possible defendant keeping records in case of a possible lawsuit Also the author is curiouslyincurious about Cherry s patterns of human attachment She blandly documents his passionately warm attachments to men many of whom will later turn out to be either gay or into non mainstream sexual practices T H Lawrence suggested If our sexes had been different one of us I mean we could have pulled of a eugenicist s dream Instead Wheeler dutifully catalogs what information she has about his many girlfriends who never seem to have names or much in the way of documented existences and who are treated with great ambivalence by Cherry Garrad In middle age Cherry said he was afraid of women He once told Lillie that a happy married life was impossible for him His eventual marriage to a woman a generation younger than he is presented by Wheeler as a happy union and seems to be based on oral interviews with his surviving widow but objectively seems less than satisfying The irony was that the peaceful relief of his happy marriage allowed his anxieties to take hold


10 thoughts on “Cherry a life of Apsley Cherry Garrard

  1. says:

    LIFE IN THE DEEP FREEZEAuthor Sara Wheeler says The reader may wonder if minus 60 feels any colder than minus 40 My own experience has taught me that it does Once I threw a mug of boiling tea in the air at around minus 46 and the liuid froze before it hit the iceHOW TO GET REALLY RICH WITHOUT TRYING AT ALLHe was born in 1886 His father was a 53 year old retired colonel who had been soldiering in India and Sout

  2. says:

    I read Cherry's account of Scott's last expedition over 20 years ago and was so caught up in it that I couldn't put it down So when I heard there was a bio of the writer I jumped on it The book did not disappoint It is a well told description of a man haunted by PTSD before there was a name for it Those interested in Cherry's story might enjo

  3. says:

    I read Cherry Garrard’s The Worst Journey in the World many years ago without learning anything about the author except that the book itself was as good a tale as I’d heard Sara Wheeler’s biography is also a great book well written and sympathetic but man he was a tragic character He was I think the youngest and an unlikely member of Scott’s last Antarctic expedition in 1911; it was the high point in his life and nothing

  4. says:

    In this biography a s

  5. says:

    It's hard to know what to say about this book; it's a lot to take in and it's not Antarctica was the definitive experience of his life I almos

  6. says:

    My interest flagged after the telling of the ill fated polar expedition of 1910 13; there's a lot of detail here about that Cherry lived a fascinating life well a few years of it was anyway to be sure but first rate adventure comes

  7. says:

    I had mixed feelings buying this book because I thought it would mainly focus on the depression Cherrry had in his later life after the ill fated antarctic expedition and how he coped with it Of course a large part of this book is exactly about that incident but it isnt boring or makes the reader skip pagesThis biography includes many information of his childhood such as cute letters he wrote to his mother as a five y

  8. says:

    Thorough and very well written It even answers some of the uestions I had after reading an account of the Northern Party what happened to them

  9. says:

    While Cherry Garrard's exploits in the Antarctic are the centrepoint of this meticulous biography I was eually fascinated by the bookends the life of young and old Cherry An Edwardian old fashioned landed conservative he lived through two world wars and 'The Worst Journey in the World' In many ways his was an extraordinary life and Sara Wheeler's book is compassionate and thorough Absorbing reading

  10. says:

    Fabulous and yet utterly heartbreaking Such a waste of a future life It's hard to give a balanced review of a book