The real story of one of the greatest explorers who ever lived by the man described by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world's greatest living explorer’.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes is uniquely qualified to write a new biography of Captain Scott. This is the first biography of Scott by someone who has experienced the deprivations, the stress and the sheer physical pain that Scott lived through. Ranulph Fiennes tells the story of Scott’s life – and discusses how his achievements have been viewed after his death – with empathy and great skill.
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Humanity's last great earthly challenge
Agonizing Frostbitten Defeat
One of the most graphic and intense images I've experienced in a novel was the discovery of Oates' collapsed body. I could feel the non-fiction frostbite burning his non-fiction flesh. Intense.
There were a couple of moments in the book that moved me - one was when the team had finally reached the pole, only to discover that Amundson had already been there. The other moment was when the team reached their depot only to find it was not well supplied (fuel had leaked).
The story was great - a non fictionalized account of the last great earthly expedition. It was well narrated, with the annunciation and precision that only the English could offer, but it did get a bit distracted at the end I felt as though throughout most of the novel that Sir Fiennes was acting in defense of Scott, even though Sir Fiennes declared that this would be a transparent view of the events that had transpired. The mask really came off during his 20 'or so' minute rant at the end of the novel. I felt that was unnecessary. Other than that, I can't imagine a better person to provide insight into a journey of this magnitude. Sir Ranulph Fiennes was very appreciative of the efforts that this journey would have taken. Details of equipment (tents, boots, et al.) were welcomed. The author provided a credible level detail and insight that could be matched by few (if any) others on the planet. Aside, observing Sir Fiennes body of work, I believe him to be the inspiration for the fictional Dos Eqies spokesperson - The World's Most Interesting Man.
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