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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Europa Editions; First Edition edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609450868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609450861
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Beryl Bainbridge was the author of seventeen novels. The Dressmaker, The Bottle Factory Outing, An Awfully Big Adventure, Every Man For Himself and Master Georgie were all finalists for the Booker Prize, and Every Man For Himself won the Whitbread Novel of the Year Prize. The Guardian includes The Bottle Factory Outing on their list of the 100 Greatest Novels of All Time. An Awfully Big Adventure was adapted for a film starring Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman.

Beryl Bainbridge died in July 2010.

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With the centennial of the Titanic disaster now approaching, Europa Editions has re-published Beryl Bainbridge's 1996 novel Every Man for Himself, the Whitbread Award-winning novel of the ship's doomed voyage, a concise and "awe-full" story of life and death, primarily among the first class passengers, most of them super-rich industrialists and their heirs. A nephew of J. P. Morgan, recently graduated from Harvard, tells the story, providing a new, first person vision of the ship's lively social life from April 12 through the ship's demise on April 15. Fictional characters who feel real mix with real characters whose presence on the ship is well documented, as Bainbridge recreates the giddy excesses and the sense of entitlement exhibited by the top deck passengers.

The speaker, an orphan, has been raised by his aunt and his cousin, but he has always thought that he was special. "I don't care to be misunderstood," he avers, "I'm not talking about intellect or being singled out for great honours, simply that I was destined to be a participant rather than a spectator of singular events," a statement that reveals more about his attitudes than he probably intends. After prep school and Harvard, and an active social life befitting a member of J. Pierpont Morgan's family, he worked for Thomas Andrews, the naval architect in charge of the plans for the Titanic, and indirectly for his cousin J. P. "Jack" Morgan, one of the owners of the White Star line which commissioned the ship. Though his contribution was small, young Morgan, interested in the Titanic, makes the trip with friends, enjoying all the well described amenities of the first class passengers.
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I kept waiting for the "meat" in this one but it never came. Too much fluff and character development, IMO, and not enough depth in detailing the actual tragedy and presumed actions of the victims.
I expected more.
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