Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf

2012 marks the 100 anniversary of this famous disaster, and many books, both fiction and nonfiction, are being published this year. This novel is a stand-out - pulling the reader effortlessly into the experience of being on board this fateful ship. It's written in free-form verse from the perspective of various participants – including first and third class passengers, crew members, the rats and even the iceberg . This unique offering packs a powerful emotional punch, none more chilling than the undertaker’s comments “Bodies scattered for miles, in every direction./Bodies as far as my indifferent eyes can see.”

The author has done extensive and meticulous research and it shows on every page. Morse code messages, Titanic miscellany and an impressive bibliography including Internet sources and societies are a welcome resource for readers interested in learning more. Highly recommended. 2012

A. Basso

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