Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Cherry A Life of Apsley Cherry Garrard Apsley Cherry Garrard was one of the youngest members of Captain Scott s final expedition to the Antarctic Cherry despite his short sight undertook an epic journey in the Antarctic winter

  • Title: Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard
  • Author: Sara Wheeler
  • ISBN: 9780224050043
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Apsley Cherry Garrard 1886 1959 was one of the youngest members of Captain Scott s final expedition to the Antarctic Cherry, despite his short sight, undertook an epic journey in the Antarctic winter to collect the eggs of the Emperor penguin The temperature fell to 70 degrees below zero, it was dark all the time, his teeth shatterd in the cold and the tent blew away.Apsley Cherry Garrard 1886 1959 was one of the youngest members of Captain Scott s final expedition to the Antarctic Cherry, despite his short sight, undertook an epic journey in the Antarctic winter to collect the eggs of the Emperor penguin The temperature fell to 70 degrees 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 God.

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    • Sara Wheeler

      Sara Wheeler was brought up in Bristol and studied Classics and Modern Languages at Brasenose College, University of Oxford After writing about her travels on the Greek island of Euboea and in Chile, she was accepted by the US National Science Foundation as their first female writer in residence at the South Pole, and spent seven months in Antarctica.In her resultant book Terra Incognita Travels in Antarctica, she mentioned sleeping in the captain s bunk in Scott s Hut Whilst in Antarctica she read The Worst Journey in the World, an account of the Terra Nova Expedition, and she later wrote a biography of its author Apsley Cherry Garrard.In 1999 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature From 2005 to 2009 she served as Trustee of the London Library.She was frequently abroad for two years, travelled to Russia, Alaska, Greenland, Canada and North Norway to write her book The Magnetic North Travels in the Arctic A journalist at the Daily Telegraph in the UK called it a snowstorm of historical, geographical and anthropological facts.In a 2012 BBC Radio 4 series To Strive and Seek, she told the personal stories of five various members of the Terra Nova Expedition.O My America Second Acts in a New World records the lives of women who travelled to America in the first half of the 19th Century Fanny Trollope, Fanny Kemble, Harriet Martineau, Rebecca Burlend, Isabella Bird, and Catherine Hubback, and the author s travels in pursuit of them.

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    • 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 liquid froze before it hit the ice 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 South Africa for 25 years, then finally came back to England and got married. And the marr [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • 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 enjoy the short BBC bio-pic on him starring Mark Gatiss.


    • 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 wonde [...]


    • 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 pages.This 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 [...]


    • 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 up against third-rate personality. In many ways this is an attempt to write the biography of a man whose big moment had been lived before he reached the age of thirty, and who shows little intellectual growth past his pampered public school days. "The world spun aw [...]


    • While Cherry-Garrard's exploits in the Antarctic are the centrepoint of this meticulous biography, I was equally 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.


    • Fabulous and yet utterly heartbreaking. Such a waste of a future life. It's hard to give a balanced review of a book that had me in tears more than once. One of those books that calls to be re-read but you know it will hurt you again.


    • A historian / polar enthusiast's wet dream. Intimidatingly well-researched and immensely stirring.Its faults (self-indulgence in the main) are forgivable and perhaps even admirable. Like Cherry, they are an understandable and inseparable part of the whole.


    • Once again, I am struck by what I think was the almost amateurish nature of the Scott expedition. It seemed both obsessively overplanned (dogs, ponies, machine sledges AND man-hauling) and underplanned (snap decisions about who would go to the Pole, bringing dogs further than everyone else expected, sending three men, Cherry included, on a murderous winter journey). I know I'm not an Antarctic but explorer, but there seems to have been so much blindness, sentimentality, and emotion that went int [...]


    • After reading The Worst Journey in the World, I became interested in Apsley Cherry-Gerrard's life. This is a well-researched biography that gives Cherry-Gerrard's book context.


    • Fleshes out the life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, member of Scott's Terra Nova expedition, and author of the most lasting account of the trip -- The Worst Journey in the World.[return][return]The book divides roughly into three parts: before, during and after the Antarctic journey. Whilst the "during" is well covered by "The Worst Journey", from the distance of 80 years further on Sara Wheeler is more able to objectively bring out more of the tensions of the trip. The "before" concerns Cherry's pri [...]


    • From the introduction to the final chapter, this was a lively and engaging read. Too many times have I been disappointed by Antarctic biographies* because they a) contained glaring factual errors, b) perpetuated the opinions of previous biographers, or c) simply rehashed the details leading to Scott's perish at the South Pole. With regards to the last point, I was impressed with Wheeler's restraint.To a certain extent, Sara Wheeler offers a more balanced view of the expedition members (with emph [...]


    • Having read The Worst Journey in the World with fascination, I developed an interest in the author, Apsley Cherry-Garrard. It was interesting to explore the background to this individual who achieved immortality through his magisterial record of the Scott expedition, but sad to discover that he experienced so many medical problems and so much unhappiness in his later life. In particular, I was struck by the tenderness and caring of his wife, whose life could not have been easy. Cherry-Garrard's [...]


    • The only biography of Apsley Cherry-Garrard I've been able to find, but I couldn't have wished for a better one. Wheeler is an excellent writer, I'll have to look up her other work.I spent most of the book wanting to give Cherry a hug - from a disastrous Antarctic expedition almost straight into WWI straight into a lifetime of struggling with depression, with an interlude of living in London during the Blitzbut troubled lives make for more interesting reading, and there are happy notes as well.


    • Thorough and very well-written. It even answers some of the questions I had after reading an account of the "Northern Party" what happened to them afterwards? Well, Cherry-Garrard helped many of them, although C-G also seemed stuck in the post-Antartica void. This biography flags a bit as well into the same void, although that is a reflection of C-G himself. His life was more interesting then, and overall he was a reflection of the times, from Victorian to 1960.Sara Wheeler is one of the more t [...]


    • This is the second book I've read by Sara Wheeler and I have yet to be disappointed. She brings this flawed character to life, and love or hate him, you feel part of his elegant and troubled world and can't help but be compelled to turn the page. I especially enjoyed the juxtaposition of England's political climate with that of his internal turmoil-it is as if he is both reflecting and rejecting the massive changes happening in the world.


    • This book goes through both Scotts last expedition and Cherry's life post-antarctic exploration. Fascinating to see how his life changed after going to the Antarctic and some of the psychology behind these heroic era journeys


    • I wanted to read this ever since I read Wheeler's other Antarctic book, Terra Incognita. Wheeler is a fantastic writer. Cherry really came to life again, and what could have been a dry biography was witty and engaging from beginning to end.2010 note: This is still one of my favorite books.


    • A truly fascinating biography based around Apsley Cherry-Garrard 'a experience on Captain Scott's final expedition to the Antarctic and how it continued to affect his life many years later!


    • It's a little dry in spots, but the story is so compelling that the dryness didn't bother me too much overall. this book made me feel real lonely in the best possible way.


    • Extremely well-written, Wheeler's Cherry gets into the man's head and leads us through his complex life sympathetically. Never gets boring. R


    • Excellent biography of a very interesting person who was part of one the most famous Antarctic expeditions of all time.


    • A bit of a tragic character, but not much room for sympathy. A well-intentioned individual but unable and perhaps unwilling to adapt to the world that had changed whilst he was away in the Antarctic.




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