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Titanic [Kindle Edition]

Filson Young
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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About the Author

Filson Young was a influential journalist and writer. He had visited Belfast in the summer of 1911 to see the Titanic under construction and following the Titanic disaster went to Southampton to see her sister ship Olympic leave for America. He walked around on board and understood the feeling of unsinkability that had given such false confidence to the passengers and crew aboard the Titanic. He wrote many popular books including The Trial of Hawley Harvey Crippen.

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  • File Size: 203 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SQTRI8
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes you on your own private tour of the Titanic May 26, 2012
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I highly recommend this book because it made me feel as if I were onboard the Titanic, being lead here and there by a tour guide. It talks directly to you, the reader, taking you to the dining saloons, libaries, lounges, staterooms, smoking rooms, bathrooms, etc. For example, on the first day of the voyage, right after the Titanic set sail after a gala "bon voyage", the book lets you get settled down to shipboard life, as you would naturally, and explore what will be in store for you during the next seven days. Since the Titanic sailed around mid-day on the first day of its voyage, the book leads you down to the 1st class dining saloon to let you decide what you would like to eat for your first meal on Titanic, and goes on to tell you what is on the menu. It then takes you to the 2nd and 3rd class dining areas too, to give you an idea of what you would have eaten for your first meal, if you were to have been traveling in those classes. I felt this was unlike other non-fiction titanic books, which tell the story but don't include you in it.

This is the first book, among those which I have read about the Titanic, that actually gave me a nauseating sense of the horror of what it must have been like hearing the cries of victims who were conscious of the fact that they were helplessly being frozen to death in the icy water.

It was interesting to read the author's ideas about what types of conversations might have taken place onboard. For example, he tells of the sequence of events and possible conversations on the bridge right after the ship hit the iceburg. It provides very good descriptions; and gives interesting bits of information, some of which were new to me.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was pretty good October 28, 2011
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This was a pretty good account of the events of the titanic. It covered it from the time it was being built to after the sinking and why no ships came to the rescue quicker. It was a short novel, but it was good.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Bad Read February 13, 2012
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This was a pretty good read. One has to remember that this was written shortly after the sinking. Not like todays books which have had more trime for interviews with the survivors and the dive to the wreck in 1985. This book is worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping story competently told October 17, 2012
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Mr. Filson Young is, by all evidence, an accomplished author and he has produced in this book a gripping account of the fatal voyage of the Titanic. How extraordinary that the book came out in May 1912, barely one month after the Titanic's sinking. Considering this was in the pre-computer age, what a prodigious feat this must have been! One supposes it was likely updated shortly thereafter in subsequent printings, and then the War and the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania - also, for a time, the world's biggest ship - would have drawn the public's attention to other horizons.

On the basis of testimony of several survivors - for instance, by citing the telegraph operator (culled, presumably, from newspaper reports) - he gives the reader a perceptive inkling of what the final hours and even the final moments of the ill-fated ship might very well have been. In doing so he puts to rest, incidentally, the persistent yarn about the alleged arrogance of the Titanic's telegraph signals on that ill-fated night, which had reportedly admonished other ships not to bother them with their chatter. This was manifestly not the case. Until her very last moments, the ship was signalling SOS to all who would hear.

One finds at the end of the book an interesting table listing souls lost by category of accommodation. Thus we see that 37% of the passengers in first class lost their lives; 58% of the passengers in second class, 75% of the passengers in third class, and 77% of the crew. It is a pity that the author does not suggest possible explanations for the wide spread in those statistics. He does affirm, however, that there had been no discrimination for allowing access to what lifeboats there were, other than the "women and children first" proviso. Hm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flowery account of Titanic May 5, 2012
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Nothing exciting in this book. But good for a free down load. Interesting as written in the style at the turn of the 20th century, If you are looking for an exciting read, this is not for you, but if you are interested in how people thought and wrote a hundred years ago, then go for it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Edwardian View of Tragedy July 21, 2012
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As a writer of gothic fiction, I keep coming back to the Titanic tragedy.Poe's Mother Perhaps it is the Promethean quality of the disaster that lures me, but there is more: the spectrum of characters, the tragic ghosts of the North Atlantic, the heroism, our human failure against nature, our pride before the fall. Filson Young has captured not so much an account of the disaster, but its sociological side effects. Much of Young's novel (if indeed it can be termed that) reads like a long editorial. This is not to say that it is bad or boring. The fact that the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank is a fact that Young does not explore in depth. The author is much more concerned with the people on board and how one would have felt as a first-class passenger or as a stoker. It is a remarkable work, considering how quickly after the accident it was written. Young is adept at description as well as setting the mood on the ship. I know some readers have felt uncomfortable with the early 20th Century language; I found it literary and beautiful in many spots. This is not suspense, a thriller or an action piece. It is a carefully constructed look at the tragedy from the birth of the Titanic to its final plunge to the bottom of the ocean. An extradorinary accounting of the percentage of passengers lost per class ends the book. Well worth the read.
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Published 11 days ago by Lisa Schinasi
3.0 out of 5 stars decent non fiction read of tragic event
Started slow. I wish there was more character description overall it was an interesting read about a horrific event. Read more
Published 13 days ago by julia
5.0 out of 5 stars Titanic
More details. Better than the movie. More characteristics than the movie. Better description of the accident. What happened. How it filled up so quickly
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1.0 out of 5 stars Omg This Book Sucks And I'm a big titanic fan . Do Not BUY
Sucks trust my opinions not buy because the first page as in the first whole book sucks do not buy
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