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4.0 out of 5 stars VIOLET'S STORY, December 9, 2011
This review is from: Titanic Survivor (Hardcover)
Anyone looking for a description of sinking ships and violent disasters at sea should know this is not the book for you. The Olympic-Hawke collision is not even mentioned. The Titanic tragedy gets a few pages, and the Brittanic a few more, but this is primarily the story of a young woman at sea in early last century. I prefer traditional disaster books, but found this one to be quite good in any case. Jessop takes us through her life as a steward on the White Star ships, slaving for many a demanding passenger. Readers will enjoy her insightful descriptions of people along the way. Clearly human nature has not changed over the last hundred years. The maritime accidents, so important to us today, were important to Violet only as they shaped her life and added to her experiences.

I disagree with the Amazon reviewer who found Graham's commentary annoying. I thought they were very helpful in giving us an overview and keeping the story in place. In fact it can perhaps be said that no one is responsible for any errors in this book. Graham did not write the book, and Jessop kept it as a diary, not for public consumption. But I don't think anyone will have much to complain about anyway.
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