The Birthday Boys



In This Stunning Novel, Award Winning Author Beryl Bainbridge Offers A 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.The Birthday Boys

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  • Paperback
  • 189 pages
  • The Birthday Boys
  • Beryl Bainbridge
  • English
  • 12 April 2018
  • 0786702079

10 thoughts on “The Birthday Boys

  1. says:

    No spoilers When their glassy, yellow bodies were found frozen solid some eight months later, the men s journals and letters to their mothers were quietly removed from the still intact tent Its poles were taken down, and the canvas collapsed to cover them like a shroud Antarctic rocks were stacked on them in a cold cairn, and all of England wept This information is not in the book, but kn...

  2. says:

    This fictional account of Robert Scott s doomed expedition to the South Pole is chilling no pun intended because you know how it ends It is told from the viewpoint of the 5 men from the crew who made the final trek from the camp to the pole, only to find that Roald Amundsen had gotten there before them Heartbreak...

  3. says:

    I have to admit most of the historical fiction that I have read is related to WWII This historical fiction novel was a nice change It is a story told by 5 points of view about a south pole expedition Each account is unique and gives a different account of the same journey This is one talented author I highly recommend It is very engaging e...

  4. says:

    Trust me, I ll never set foot in the South Pole after reading this book but doubt I ll ever forget the voices of these five men who did I dare say that you think you ve known what it is to be coldBut you can t knowNot until you ve been south To be cold is when the temperature sinks to 60F andthe snot freezes in your nostrils and your breath snaps like a fire cracker on the air and falls to ice in your beard Petty Officer Edgar Evans, June 1910any doubts I may h Trust me, I ll never set foot in the South Pole after reading this book but doubt I ll ever fo...

  5. says:

    When you think of the most famous words uttered in the heroic age of exploration, two lines stand out from the rest One is Stanley with his greetingDr Livingstone, I presumeon the shores of Lake Tanganyika The other is Titus Oates walking out to his death in the middle of a polar storm in March 1912 with these deathless wordsI m just going outside and may be sometime What happened to Captain Oates in the moments after he emerged from the tent into the whiteness of Antarctica for the la When you think of the most famous words uttered in the heroic age of exploration, two lines stand out from the rest One is Stanley with his greetingDr Livingstone, I presumeon the shores of Lake Tanganyika The other is Titus Oates walking out to his death in the middle of a polar storm in March 1912 with these deathless wordsI m just going outside and may be sometime What happened to Captain Oates in the moments after he emerged from the tent into the whiteness of Antarctica for the last time forms the final painful paragraphs of Beryl Bainbridge s terrific novel When The Birthday Boys first came out in 1991, I remember it was greeted with a helluva lot of critical acclaim A few years later, I managed to get my mittens on the book, but for some reason I failed to progress much beyond the first chapter At some level, however, I am glad of it now because back then my reading was, would have ...

  6. says:

    If not for the GRI continental challenge I would never have come across this book That would have been a shame because for such a short book it gives a fascinating overview of the Terra Nova Expedition 1910 1913 from the point of view of Taff Evans, Dr Wilson, Captain Scott, Lt Bowers and Captain Oates Each chapter charts a different stage of the journey to the South and the awful conditions the team endured I am in awe of anyone who would undertake such a journey knowing all the risks and b If not for the GRI continental challenge I would never have come across this book That would have been a shame because for such a short book it gives a fascinating overview of the Terra Nova Expedition 1910 1913 from the point of view of Taff Evans, Dr Wilson, Captain Scott, Lt Bowers and Captain Oates Each chapter charts a different stage of the journey to the South and the awful conditions the team endured I am in awe of any...

  7. says:

    A fine historical novel of the failed voyage to the south pole, Bainbridge as a woman is adept at capturing male camaraderie there s yet another frenchified word and tension during the team s journey Cleverly, each of the five victims who made the final assault tells a segment of the chronology This makes for a variety of viewpoints as the reader is treated to the inner dialogue of each after hearing that of the other a perspective shifting device This story is about teamwork in the ha A fine historical novel of the failed voyage to the south pole, Bainbridge as a woman is adept at capturing male camaraderie there s yet another frenchified word and tension during the team s journey Cleverly, each of the five victims who made the final assault tells a segment of the chronology This makes for a variety of viewpoints as the reader is treated to the inner dialogue of each after hearing that of the other a perspective shifting device This story is about teamwork in the harshest of conditions almost incomprehensible, if anything the author does not include enough of the physical deprivations and use of senses and will resonate with anyone familiar with sport or adventure teams For example, the leader Scott is forever assayed for his decisions and, according to the author, quite wracked with self doubt, perhaps fatally Being a person who dislikes being cold, the accounts of severe conditions in 1910 11 were rather terrible, and I...

  8. says:

    1 OCT 2016 earlier this week I received an email from Netgalley inviting me to a free download of The Birthday Boys The summary sounded appealing and last evening I downloaded the book How can I say No A free book in exchange for a review that is a no brainer I had full intentions to begin reading last evening but, Showtime was showing The Hound of the Baskervilles So, even though I have viewed this film many times, I got suckered in I should have read instead With my Cinderella chor 1 OCT 2016 earlier this week I received an email from Netgalley inviting me to a free download of The Birthday Boys The summary sounded appealing and last evening I downloaded the book How can I say No A free book in exchange for a review that is a no brainer I had full intentions to begin reading last evening but, Showtime was showing The Hound of the Baskervilles So, even though I have viewed this film many times, I got suckered in I should have read instead With my Cinderella chores completed, I will begin reading today Many Thanks to Netgalley for this opportunity Netgalley always sends just the right book recommendation at just the right time 3...

  9. says:

    This is an oddly perfect book about Scott s trip to the South Pole.There are five sections, each one written in the voice of one the men making the final journey.The perspective keeps shifting, and it s left to the reader to try and work out the true nature of the expedition Was it an act of folly A piece of heroism Or both I love Beryl Bainbridge s work because she dispenses with so many conventions The only plot is the story of the journey itself And like the journey there are unexpec This is an oddly perfect book about Scott s trip to the South Pole.There are five sections, each one written in the voice of one the men making the final journey.The perspective keeps shifting, and it s left to the reader to try and work out the true nature of the expedition Was it an act of folly A piece of heroism Or both I love Beryl Bainbridge s work because she dispenses with so many conventions The only plot is the story of the jo...

  10. says:

    I was about twelve when I picked up The Great White South from Dad s bookshelf and started reading It was written by the Scott Antarctic expedition photographer Herbert Ponting.In 1910, Captain Robert Falcon Scott sailed from Cardiff His scientific expedition hoped to be the first to reach the South Pole Everything went wrong, the first great catastrophe on the record of Antarctic exploration, wrote the editor of Everybody s Magazine, which shared Ponting s photos and Scott s diary excerpts I was about twelve when I picked up The Great White South from Dad s bookshelf and started reading It was written by the Scott Antarctic expedition photographer Herbert Ponting.In 1910, Captain Robert Falcon Scott sailed from Cardiff His scientific expedition hoped to be the first to reach the South Pole Everything went wrong, the first great catastrophe on the record of Antarctic exploration, wrote the editor of Everybody s Ma...

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