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Titanic: The Tennis Story Paperback – April 1, 2012
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About the Author
Lindsay Gibbs is a freelance writer and filmmaker living in New York City. Originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, she is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a columnist for www.TennisGrandstand.com.
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Lets face it- everyone is familiar with the James Cameron Titanic story. Gibbs’ book brings with it the same sophisticated, upper class feel during the characters time aboard the Ship of Dreams that the director honed in on, giving the romance storyline a more luxurious sensation that continues on after the vessel has long been lost. I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a classy romance story.
Titanic: The Tennis Story is definitely worth picking up for a quick read. It also makes a great gift for anyone interested in the Titanic, modest romance, or tennis history.
There is a nakedness about books. They are either page-turners or they're not. They either sweep you along and capture you in the flow of the narrative, or they don't. "Titanic: The Tennis Story" certainly gave Ms. Gibbs some terrific material, but the author made the most of it.
One of the biggest challenges involved in retelling the story of the Titanic is that the larger course of events is already known on a general level. One knows, even before reading the first page, that a harrowing escape lies in store for the principal figures in the drama. Any author has to make the tension of the moment come alive in a fresh way.
Lindsay Gibbs does exactly that.
"Titanic: The Tennis Story" soars because the author manages to give such piercing insight into the inner emotional lives of Karl Behr and "Dick" Norris Williams. It's easy to care about these people because their journeys are fleshed-out and anything but one-dimensional. Had the central figures in this story served as paper-thin props for the sinking of the Titanic, they would be easily cast aside and forgotten. However, Gibbs manages to write this story the way it was supposed to be written: The Titanic remains in the background, and the lives of two talented tennis players surge to the forefront. I found myself instinctively rooting hard for each of them... not in a mechanical or automatic way, but with genuine passions that were tossed about just as violently as Behr and Norris Williams were on those rough seas in 1912.
This is a must-read for any tennis fan. Appreciating the sport will enable a reader to see just how important it was for these men to find solace on the court, to grow and heal after the traumatic experience of everything that happened on (and near) the Titanic. With that having been said, you don't need to be a tennis fan to enjoy this book. "Titanic: The Tennis Story" carries an emotional resonance, a deep and textured quality, that will enable readers to become one with the drama that is masterfully unspooled in a crisp, fast-paced literary work.
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I would recommend to any history buff.