Return to Antarctica

Return to Antarctica

The Amazing Adventure of Sir Charles Wright on Robert Scott's Journey to the South Pole

Book - 2009
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Return to Antarctica marks the 100th anniversary of the Scott Expedition to the South Pole.

The South Pole, one of the world's final - and most inhospitable - frontiers, had become the frantic obsession of British naval officer Robert Scott. Despite the heavy odds facing him - not the least of which were a lack of money and necessary equipment, and his own inflated sense of his skill as a leader - Scott gathered together an eclectic group of naval personnel and scientists, including one Canadian, Charles Seymour "Silas" Wright, and in 1910 sailed from London for the Antarctic in the overloaded and leaking ex-sealing vessel Terra Nova . Halfway through the rough passage to the Antarctic, Scott got word that his nemesis - rival explorer Norwegian Roald Amundsen - was also making a run for the Pole. What started out as a stroll to the South Pole became a desperate race between two very determined and different men.

Return to Antarctica transports the reader to the very time and place of the Scott expedition through the eyes of Charles Wright, as told by Adrian Raeside, who grew up with his grandfather's personal stories from the expedition. In the Antarctic summer of 2008-2009, Raeside travelled to Antarctica to retrace his grandfather's footsteps and to gain perspective on a daring adventure of a hundred years ago that challenged the explorers' courage, resilience and sanity. Raeside's unique storytelling, supported by startling revelations from previously unpublished accounts, drawings and photographs, does admirable justice to the legacy of the men who literally followed Robert Scott to the end of the Earth.

Publisher: Toronto : John Wiley & Sons Canada, c2009.
ISBN: 9780470932155
9780470153802
Characteristics: IX, 324 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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ianhakes
Jun 25, 2017

A well written recounting of Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole from the perspective of one of the surviving members' grandson. Raeside uses his grandfather and great uncle's dairies and details to bring new life to the often told account of the 1910 expedition. He intersects details of their journey to Antarctica with brief summaries and descriptions of the important people involved as well as reminisces from the author's own trip to the Antarctic continent in 2008. I have read the "definitive" full book by Cherry and this one is a much more palatable (to 21st century tastes) retelling of the tale.

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gemini07
Apr 02, 2017

Well written account about Scott's final expedition. The format made it a great read with inserts of facts, biographies, and many pictures. I never realized there was a Canadian on the expedition until I read this book.

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