Scott of the Antarctic

Fact and fiction concerning Captain Scott's "Terra Nova" Expedition of 1910-1913
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message 1: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Alistair Cooke said he and his young schoolmates were each handed a copy of Scott's Journal "As if it were another book of the Bible".


message 2: by Bibliotheque (new)

Bibliotheque Thom wrote: "Alistair Cooke said he and his young schoolmates were each handed a copy of Scott's Journal "As if it were another book of the Bible"."

LOL! I can certainly believe it! (Wasn't he an excellent writer of prose, though! If kids must be forcibly indoctrinated by Imperialist propaganda, it should at least be well-written, right?)

Did you ever catch the Masterpiece Theatre mini-series THE LAST PLACE ON EARTH? Saw it recently and was mightily impressed, hence the sudden interest in the subject!


message 3: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Bibliotheque wrote: "Thom wrote: "Alistair Cooke said he and his young schoolmates were each handed a copy of Scott's Journal "As if it were another book of the Bible"."

LOL! I can certainly believe it! (Wasn't he a..."


Missed it, but I remember falling in love with R. Vaughn-Williams from watching Scott of Antartica. And check out The Coldest March...it takes aim at the cliche that Scott was an unprepared romantic without a valid plan.


message 4: by Bibliotheque (new)

Bibliotheque Thom wrote: "Missed it, but I remember falling in love with R. Vaughn-Williams from watching Scott of Antartica. And check out The Coldest March...it takes aim at the cliche that Scott was an unprepared romantic without a valid plan."

RVW's Symphonia Antarctica is certainly impressive, I agree!

I'm looking fwd to THE COLDEST MARCH, though I have to say I think Scott can't escape the charge of romanticism; I'm basing this on his decision to include Oates the horse-trainer in the final team for seemingly no other reason than he was an Army man (and hence representative of the other branch of the Forces). This despite an early observation in the Journals that Oates was more susceptible to frostbite than many! Of course hindsight is 20/20, but it does sound as if Scott wasn't all that practical if "symbolic representation" was one of his criteria for choosing a Polar party.

Of course Solomon may give me another reason why Oates was chosen - I'll let you know what I thought!


message 5: by Joe (new)

Joe Moss The Magnus Mills novel has no place on this list. Has AI drawn it up?


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