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The Pushcart Prize XIX: Best of the Small Presses (1994 - 1995)
Published in Hardcover by Pushcart Pr (October, 1994)
Authors: Bill Henderson, David St. John, Lynn Emanuel, and Anthony Brandt
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You ought to be ashamed
The Pushcart Prize is the most wonderful and rewarding annual anthology out there because, for one thing, it's the most fair--as Bill Henderson says in his introduction, there's no money here. You don't have to have written a bestseller or be in with the "New Yorker" crowd in order to be published here. All you have to do is be a good writer. Here is fiction and poetry at its rawest and purest form, from writers who write for the sake of writing, for the sheer love of it. This is a noble thing.

The Worst Journey in the World
Published in Paperback by National Geographic (June, 2002)
Authors: Apsley Cherry-Garrard and Anthony Brandt
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overrated and lengthy tale-for hardcore pole readers only
In this instance..quantity does not equal quality. The book is ponderous, repetitive, poorly edited and not even very descriptive. With so many Antarctic exploration reading choices available...there are much better books available..unless you're into reading day-by-day expedition logs. For Scott A First Rate Tragedy or even Scott's Last Voyage-(with those superb Ponting photos). For Shackleton fans..Endurance or South. Cherry-Garrard should have used an editor as Sir Ernest did to scope the story down. Your story doesn't have to be long to be dramatic or effective. see how an Antarctic tale should be Douglas Mawson's hugely underrated The Home Of The Blizzard. The Worst Journey In The World should be read..just after you've finished better crafted pieces first and when you have the time to plow through its' almost 600 pages.

Historic account on Scott's last expedition
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, the author of this book, was the youngest member of the british expedition, lead by Robert Scott, that would try to reach the geographical South Pole for the first time, in the summer of 1911/1912. Cherry-Garrard wrote "The worst journey in the world" after the first world war, ten years after he returned from Antarctica, so he took his time to write a book based on reason and not based on the recent emotions he lived while on the frozen continent.

We have to remember that this book is almost 100 years old, so the text sometimes reads like something from Jules Verne... only it's true. His experience in loco aside, Garrard uses many passages from the crew's personal diaries (everybody had a diary going on) to better illustrate what happened on the expedition.

The book starts very slow, with more than a hundred pages of logistics, arrangements and such. What makes this part interesting is Garrard's personal views of other members of the expedition. But thes first 100 pages will prove difficult for the reader who only wants to know what happened to Scott and his four partners in the South Pole Expedition.

"Worst journey" really comes to life in Chapter 5, when the author starts to describe and explain all the expeditions and processes that would make possible Scott's going all the way south. I, for one, didn't think the whole thing was so complex. The final chapters, when Garrard narrates what really happened to Scott's party, and how the rescue team discovered their tent only 11 miles from salvation, are touching, and kept me reading way after bedtime.

Of course, as most of others reviewers stated, Cherry-Garrard's style is dry and his narration is partial, after all he personaly knew the people he was writing about, and he writes about things that really happened (that's why he says only a few words about Amundsen's expedition). "The worst journey in the world" is mandatory reading for everybody interested about South Pole exploration, no doubt about that. It's interesting to notice that, while Amundsen was the first to reach the pole, Scott, because of his tragedy, is more known to the general public. I would also recommend Roland Huntford's "Last place on Earth", a very good analysis of the differences between Scott's expedition and Amundsen's - Amundsen reached the pole 34 days before Scott and return alive and well

Grade 9.0/10

Apsley Cherry-Garrard has truely given us an epic for exploration and adventure. This book conveys the horror, tragedy, and even ironic humor of Scott's ill-fated last expedition in an extremely eloquent manner.

Cherry-Garrard could not more fairly credit his companions. From the beginning, he is modest and places huge credit on his fellow explorers. In particular, he talks about Bowers, Wilson, and Scott with a sense of awe and immense respect.

The countless horrors of Scott's journey are described graphically, and it was easy to imagine anything from leaping from ice-flow to ice-flow for ours on the depot journey to stumbling upon the dead bodies of his friends. I enjoyed every minute of it.

The Worst Journey was incredibly inspiring. After reading the book, I felt like I could do anything, take on any challenge. The troubles they endured, the lifestyle they adapted to, is mind-numbing. It is difficult to imagine surviving such things.

In the "Winter Journey," one of the most difficult Journey's ever experienced by man, Cherry-Garrard and two other men struggle through the Antarctic Winter to Cape Crozier to obtain Penguin Eggs. They travel in pitch black, around giant crevasses, in frozen clothing, in -70 degree temperatures, and with sleeping bags that take hours to get into. This was the most intense, gripping reading I have ever done.

No matter who you are, you will like The Worst Journey In The World. Fantastic writing, gripping plot, and visual descriptions will keep you glued to the book. And when it's done, you will not want to stop reading.

The People Along the Sand
Published in Paperback by Canios Editions (February, 2001)
Authors: Anthony Brandt and Bill Henderson
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The Pushcart Book of Essays (Pushcart Prize)
Published in Paperback by Pushcart Pr (April, 2003)
Author: Anthony Brandt
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Reality Police: The Experience of Insanity in America
Published in Hardcover by William Morrow & Company (August, 1975)
Author: Anthony. Brandt
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Rotten Reviews: A Literary Companion
Published in Paperback by Penguin USA (Paper) (October, 1987)
Authors: Bill Henderson and Anthony Brandt
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