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The Death Ship Paperback – September 1, 1991
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Original Language: German
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Chicago-born author B. Traven (1890-1969) lived secretly, wrote readable prose, and didn't hide his contempt for the effects of government rules and unregulated capitalism on ordinary people. This story doesn't match his TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, but it makes for a solid read.
THE TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE is a classic, but this novel may be even better. A man without a passport, a crime in post WW I Europe, is forced to take a job on an ancient steamer (the narrator suggests it was old when the Greeks and Romans ruled the Mediterranean). The result is a nightmarish descent into hell and one of the most unforgetable masterpieces of the century.
This a story the likes of which you will probably never come across again. It is weird, the writing is vivid, and you become the doomed sailor reading it. You might not think the story the best you've ever read, hardly so, but you certainly wont long forget this one.
B. Traven's prose is terrific, unpretensious, and profound. The Death ship tells the story of an American salior who becomes an outcast in a world indifferent to the circumstances of the little people. The crew of the ship, facing the possibility of death, starvation, and reside in squalid living conditions, show more humanity and honor than any pencil pusher behind a desk whose power and influences have condemned the honest man to a life of torture; they no longer fear hell, but at the same time, they embrace their situations with a fortitude that expresses a savage peotry. This novel is not to be missed by anyone that considers themselves serious about literature.
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I have shipped out all my life and when I satrted going to sea I met seaman with experience on "Death Ships". Traven is in his element. He knows!Published 7 months ago by Peter J. Piaseckyj
My favorite book. It's funny, it's smart politically, and gives a surprisingly in depth view of the workings of a ship. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bryan D. Nelson
There are quite a few things going in favor of this novel: it's funny, it doesn't romanticize the life of a high-seas sailor, it has a playfully Kafkaesque view of governments and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dan Harlow
One of Traven's best, perhaps THE best. I discovered the novel while in my 20's and have never forgotten it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by B Flat
Though I'd seen the movie version of Treasure of the Sierra Madre, this is the first Traven book I've read, almost by accident. Read morePublished on June 26, 2013 by Marv Fox
After reading The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and The Death Ship by B. Traven I have concluded that I must read all of his books.Published on May 6, 2013 by David MCElroy
Great novel! I must now list this as one of my top-5 favorites. If you're looking for an 'edge of the seat' thriller, then this might not be for you, but it is more than worth at... Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Stephen Putman
The Death Ship tells the story of a young American sailor, who through a simply mistake ends up stranded in Europe without any form of ID. Read morePublished on May 22, 2010 by S. Packard
The person that chose this book for our book club meeting didn't show up for this book. I'm guessing he didn't want to show his face after this horribe pick. Read morePublished on February 8, 2010 by M. C. Lowe