Although we think we know the story of the Titanic - the famously unsinkable ship that hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Britain to America in April 1912 - little has been written about what happened to the survivors after the tragedy.
How did the loss of the ship shape the lives of the people who survived? How did those who were saved feel about those who perished? And how did they remember that terrible night? Shadow of the Titanic will shed new light on this unforgettable event by showing how the disaster continued to shape the lives of those passengers who escaped the sinking ship.
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The fascination with Titanic survivors lived on until the last one's death. Oddly, no tragedy drew such attention, likely because of the glamour of the ship and wealth of its passengers. The collapse of the World Trade Center Towers, for instance, garnered much attention, but I doubt that it's survivors will be tracked so diligently.
My grandmother (who had a cousin who survived the Titanic sinking) was fascinated by the Titanic and passed this fascination on to me. I would say that this book is definitely geared toward the Titanic historian, but is interesting to almost anyone.
This book reflects on the lives of the survivors of the Titanic disaster and how is ultimately shaped their lives. It's a fascinating reflection on what survival can mean to the mental state of different people and how different kinds of people were able to cope with the issues that came from surviving. Some people thrived, some thrived initially but eventually gave into the mental trauma and some never were the same from the moment they were rescued. It was interesting to note how little mental health really understands about how humans deal with loss and survival, even now. But 100 years ago, in Edwardian society, it's clear that survivors were expected to "buck up" and move on with their lives. My only complaint, and I find this in a great many historical non-fiction works these days, is that the writer does take a fair amount of liberties in weaving the story and telling you how people feel about things (despite the fact that they died in the disaster or even after the disaster and well before the author could have interviewed them) but I think this a popular story device, so I'm willing to overlook it's overuse.
The performance makes this non-fiction work particularly interesting, Bill Wallis has a great knack for inflection and voice modulation that gave even the parts of the book that were somewhat technical (especially when discussing the building of the ship) great listen-ability.
I would recommend this to anyone interested in history, the Titanic or just how to deal with loss and survival.
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disappointment. glad i didn't buy it to either fall asleep or hold my interest on a 4 hr flight.
In 1912, 1500 people lost their lives when the ship sunk, mostly due to hypothermia in the seas of the North Atlantic. Now listeners of this story of the survivors, are at risk of a slower death...by boredom! The way the story is stretched out is akin to saying to an author,
"Here is the basic story of Cinderella. Now stretch it into a
10 -volume set!".
I think the premise is interesting, as you wonder what happened years later to people who have survived a disaster. How did it affect them? How did they cope? But the author has dragged some simple stories on..and on...and on..
I do find it quite useful however, when it put my earphones in at night, as generally, when I start listening to the story, I'm asleep within 10 minutes.
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It was not a bad book overall, some parts were better than others – some very interesting, some boring… but I would recommend: “Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From” by Richard Davenport-Hines instead.
When I read that book, I was riveted by the “after stories” chapters; what happened when the Carpathia returned to New York and the eventual fate of the survivors etc so I wanted a book that would explore that part of the Titanic story in more detail. While this book did cover that time period and beyond, it was not as interesting as I had hoped.
Still. I can’t complain - it wasn’t bad, yet I would not go all the way and agree that it’s The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived… but then again, The Mediocre Stories of Those Who Survived would not sell very well would it!!!
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This is a somewhat interesting volume, good for casual listening while one is occupied with something else. Not to imply the narrator has an irritating or sleep-inducing tone, but in combination with the general tone of the content, I found the narrator's style perfect as a little voice to lull me to sleep much like a comforting radio program. Often it seemed that this was the volume that was used to shape James Cameron's 1997 movie. All in all there is not much revealed in comparison to the movie - a small handful of portraits of Titanic victims that are portrayed with some interesting detail. In fact for me, this book gave me great appreciation for Cameron's masterful compilation of detail in his writing of the movie script. If this was your first telling of the story of the Titanic, you would probably be moved with greater emotion for what these passengers and survivors suffered. But I'm guessing that many of us have almost put this frequently told story into a fictional category. Actors in this tale are often portrayed as sullen tragic victims or spoiled rich who connive for their means of survival. I wasn't able to form any emotional connection to these unfortunate souls. There is something of great interest in the first chapter, in the author's full descriptions - but I wouldn't want to tell and spoil it for you if you did choose to listen to this one. I'd be interested to know what you think.
Frankly, this is one of those books I put aside. I haven't listened to the last 2 chapters yet and don't know that I will. Such a sad and tragic story, but generally speaking, we all know how it ends.
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