am 9. Juni 1998
Having read Beryl Bainbridge's "The Birthday Boys" first, I was curious to read the actual journals by the leader of this ill-fated expedtion to the South Pole. Yes, the diary format can be monotonous, but in a certain way it also serves to drive home the daily -- sometimes hourly -- struggles against every possible obstacle, from weather to poor planning to inappropriate equipment and animals to short rations to frozen oil. Scott strikes me as one of that vanished breed of Englishmen whose likenesses hang in the National Portrait Gallery who undertook all sorts of adventures in the name of science and exploration at the turn of the century and attempted to claim various "firsts" for the crown and greater glory of God and country. Wrongheaded though he may have been, this book really gripped me. When Scott and his disappointed, starving and sick companions freeze to death only miles from their last camp, it is truly tragic. Perhaps the factual nature of his journals makes the fate of this expedition even more poignant. The image of these men in their tent has been with me for several days now so the writing and the story clearly get to one. Amundsen wrote somewhere that Scott would be more remembered for what befell him that he himself would be for getting to the South Pole first. in fact, he was right.
am 3. Februar 2000
Although these journals can be criticized as being edited, boring, irritating, whatever...I found them an incredible primary record of a time, place and expedition that could as well be about a trip to a far planet. These men were not perfect, don't pretend to be, but they had incredible courage, loyalty, patience and strength. I can't imagine what most people's journals would have looked like under the same circumstances...if indeed they were able or willing to write journals. I am forever grateful for reading this and other books about Robert Scott and his men and their experiences.
am 20. März 2000
Whether these journals were edited or not is of small importance in the face of the challenge that these men attempted. Scarce few in this day could brave the monotony, much less the lack of conveniences and having to survive by their wits in an unforgiving environment. By the end, I felt as if I knew these men and I felt the loss as they weakened and succumbed to the ravages that nature wrought.
am 19. Januar 1998
Lady Scott and others heavily edited the journals in order to remove all hints of incompetence, as well as the mean-spirited comments about his men, Shackleton, Amundson, and others. Beware that the source of this book appears to be the heavily edited printing, not the original journals.
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am 2. April 1998
I first read "The Worst Journey in the World", by Apsley Cherry-Garrard, a member of the 1910-1913 expedition, the most eloquent, lyrical, account of the various excursions of the Scott 1910 Expedition. Then, I read "Scott of the Antarctic" by Elspeth Huxley, who deified Scott and trashed Shackleton. I read Charles "Silas" Wright's Memoir and Diary, superbly edited and illustrated by his daughter, and I read "The Norwegian with Scott--Tryggve Gran's Antarctic Diary 1910-1913," translated by his daughter. All were excellent. Then, I started "Scott's Last Expedition--The Journals". The supreme disappointment: if you don't lose interest in the latitude/longitude references, you will go nearly mad at the ridiculously fraternizing descriptions of life in the Cape Evans Hut: no one just does anything; they do it "amazingly fine", "wonderfully fine", "with indefatigable strength and fortitude." Nobody is but the nth wonderful, extraordinary character, and we are told so until we are sick in the head way before abour page 250. Then, things get thick out on the glacier, and we go from the "Hail, fellow, well met", to a continuous whining, and I paraphrase the crying for weeks: it's too cold, it's too wet, it's too windy, it's too dry, --my god, it's too hot, not enough wind, until you wonder what could satisfy this fellow other than tropical air in Antarctica. I paraphrase an insightful comment by, I think, a screenwriter of the BBC series, when the Norwegian (I think), comments that anyone who comes to Antarctica and whines about the weather is unfit to lead. You have to agree. Still, one has to recognize and acknowledge Scott's strength of character in other ways, and when "we", who have read the diary, lose him at the end of the book, it truly is like losing a friend.
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am 5. Juni 2014
...nicht mehr Erfahrungen als im Teil des Verkäufer-Feedbacks angekreuzt; was verlangte Rezensionen zum erworbenen Artikel angeht, so kann und will ich keine abgeben: das wäre nach meinem Verständnis eine unbezahlte Arbeit von recht hohem Aufwand und es wäre immer äußerst subjektiv; da ohnehin von Amazon ein Käuferprofil erstellt wird, würde auch eine solche Aktivität sich erübrigen; Re.