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A Titanic funnel falls, almost hitting a lifeboat--and consequently washing it 30 yards away from the wreck, saving all lives aboard. One man calmly rides the vertical boat down as it sinks, steps into the sea, and doesn't even get his head wet while waiting to be successfully rescued. On one side of the boat, almost no males are permitted in the lifeboats; on the other, even a male Pekingese dog gets a seat. Lord includes a crucial, tragically ironic drama Cameron couldn't fit into the film: the failure of the nearby ship Californian to save all those aboard the sinking vessel because distress lights were misread as random flickering and the telegraph was an early wind-up model that no one wound.
Lord's account is also smarter about the horrifying class structure of the disaster, which Cameron reduces to hollow Hollywood formula. No children died in the First and Second Class decks; 53 out of 76 children in steerage died. According to the press, which regarded the lower-class passengers as a small loss to society, "The night was a magnificent confirmation of women and children first, yet somehow the loss rate was higher for Third Class children than First Class men." As the ship sank, writes Lord, "the poop deck, normally Third Class space ... was suddenly becoming attractive to all kinds of people." Lord's logic is as cold as the Atlantic, and his bitter wit is quite dry. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A Night to Remember by Walter Lord is the best telling of the sinking of the Titanic.
When you read this, go see the movie again, a lot of some things that appear in this book as fact are also in the movie, which made it more heart wrenching and REAL.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the saga of the Titanic.
An easy to read and fast account of the ship stinking. But I found myself wanting more facts, more information, and added history. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
Fast read and enjoyable without over inundating the reader with too much minutae.
Good for a light read anytime. Thanks
Lots of intresting stories, I would have liked it to be easier to follow, but I'm sure that night a little crazy to make easy.Published 22 days ago by Nick Coleman
Easy to read; the author writes as though he were the proverbial "fly on the wall," putting the reader right into the thick of things while staying completely true to the story. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Heather Brown
I've always been fascinated with the Titanic story, and recently visited New England and Canada and saw the cemetery where many of the victims were buried. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brandonite