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Great Book, Even If Not Totally Accurate
on June 18, 2016
I really, really want to give this book five stars, as I loved it. I had checked it out from the library and got hooked on the first chapter, and ordered my own copy before even finishing the borrowed one. This is one book I want in my permanent collection, it's that good.
So why not five stars? Well, as a few others have pointed out, there are inconsistencies and a few errors. While most of them don't really bother me much, I came across one on my own. In chapter 8 (specifically on page 222 of the hardbound copy that I own), the author describes a rather coincidental science-fiction story that is strikingly similar to the Titanic disaster. Although he doesn't actually give the name of the story (he does mention the author though), it's obviously referring to the well-known 'Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan' by Morgan Robertson. In describing the similarities to the fictional ship 'Titan', and the real-life Titanic, Pellegrino states that the Titan had an "identical twin sister named the Gigantic". And of course, the Titanic had a sister named the Britannic, which was changed from Gigantic. And just like the real life Gigantic/Britannic, the fictional sister of the same name was also hit and sunk by a torpedo.
This info intrigued me, as I'd never heard that before. I have yet to read the actual 'Futility' story, although I've read quite a lot about it already through the years. And I really wanted to know more about this fictional Gigantic! So eagerly I searched, and found...nothing. Zilch! In fact, at least one website about the story even declared that the Titan had no sisters. So where did Pellegrino get that from?
If I ever find out that there really was a fictional 'Gigantic' that the author was referring to, I'll apologize and edit my review accordingly. Even with the errors, this book is a marvelous read.
**Edit: The author has responded to my review and explained the apparent inconsistencies in the replies below. I still need to research this myself (and his responses have certainly piqued my interest!) to see what is actually said by Robertson, as well as the other points brought up. I do apologize if I was too hasty in my review.