The Birthday Boys

The Birthday Boys

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
An evocation of the thoughts and voices of Captain Scott and the four men with him, who suffered extraordinary hardships before finally dying during their 1912 attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole

Blackwell North Amer
In this stunning new novel, award-winning author Beryl Bainbridge offers a brilliantly fictionalized account of the doomed Antarctic expedition led by Captain Scott in 1912.
At once hair-raising and beautiful, here is an astonishing tale of misguided courage and human endurance. The Birthday Boys of the title are Scott and four members of his team, each of whom narrates a section of the book. As the story progresses the reader discovers that these men may not be reliable reporters. Their cocky optimism is both ghastly and dangerous. Brought up to despise professional expertise, their enterprise is lunatic, amateur and gentlemanly. Beryl Bainbridge makes it hauntingly clear: the men are fatally doomed in their bravery, the very stuff of heroes.
Captain Scott's poignant trek becomes, in this remarkable novel, an historical event which prefigures the terrible new world dawning in Europe. It was an inept rehearsal for the carnage of the first world war, the ultimate challenge for the arrogant generals who shared Scott's skewed notion of courage that led men qualmlessly into harm's way.
Subtle, poetic and unforgettable, The Birthday Boys is impossible to read without experiencing that magical shiver up the spine which is caused when great writing touches the soul.

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An imaginative, brilliantly realized evocation of the thoughts and voices of Captain Scott and the four men with him, who suffered extraordinary hardships before finally dying during their 1912 attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, 1994
Edition: First Carrol & Graf edition
ISBN: 9780786700714
0786700718
Branch Call Number: FICTION BAINB
Characteristics: 189 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Sep 07, 2013

This novel is about Scott's 1910-1912 expedition to the South Pole, which he reached shortly after Amundsen. It is told by the five men who went to the Pole, each with his own perspective. The book draws heavily on other accounts and adds little. It would be better to read Cherry-Garrard's wonderful classic, "Worst Journey in the World".

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