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A Night to Remember by Walter Lord

A Night to Remember (1955)

by Walter Lord (Author)

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    The Night Lives On: The Untold Stories & Secrets Behind the Sinking of the Unsinkable Ship-Titanic by Walter Lord (dukeallen)
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As a child, I grew up watching the Titanic movie with the intense love drama of Jack and Rose as the great Titanic faces its greatest nightmare. At that time, that is the story I fell in love with.

However, after reading "A Night to Remember" by Walter Lord, I have found the Titanic tale I have been searching for. Lord presents a great, nervebreaking description of the night Titanic sank based on the stories of survivors and it is all kept as a historical documentation, above anything else. The eery silence as the seconds tick by the reader is introduced to a shipfull of characters, where they belong, and where they were heading. Instead of the great Jack and Rose, there's Lookout Fleet, Third Officer Charles Victor Groves, Capt. Smith, Mrs. Harris with the broken arm - The list goes on.

I recommend this book to anybody interested in the historical documentation of the disaster, and whom want to further investigate the Titanic.
  aliceludlow | Aug 8, 2014 |
A concise but interesting story of the sinking of the Titanic. Written in 1955, it contains a lot of conjecture, but is a accurate description of what actually happened. This is a history, not a novelization. ( )
  Karlstar | Feb 22, 2014 |
Intense. This book holds such a disaster in awe that it’s not easy to leave off the book without finishing it. I couldn’t put it down once I picked it up. Very brisk, informative and easy language. A good telling. Walter Lord does well with the huge amount of information researched. A good writer mans a good research to story funnel. Lord is stellar at this. Deceptively not short. Enough to make you understand that magnitude of the whole thing. Now one of my favorite books, morbidly so. ( )
  TJWilson | Jun 22, 2013 |
When I read this the Titanic was a big interest of mine--long before the movie--and Lord always did a good workmanlike job on his books. He died 2 May 2002. ( )
  Schmerguls | Jun 7, 2013 |
A non-fiction book on the true events of the sinking and final hours of the Titanic. Well researched and compiled, this may have been the primary basis of other Titanic stories ever made. ( )
  snapsandreads | Jun 3, 2013 |
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Jarvis, MartinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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High in the crow's nest of the New White Star Liner Titanic, Lookout Frederick Fleet peered into a dazzling night.
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Do not combine the book A Night to Remember with the 1958 movie of the same name!
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James Cameron's 1997 Titanic movie is a smash hit, but Walter Lord's 1955 classic remains in some ways unsurpassed. Lord interviewed scores of Titanic passengers, fashioning a gripping you-are-there account of the ship's sinking that you can read in half the time it takes to see the film. The book boasts many perfect movie moments not found in Cameron's film. When the ship hits the berg, passengers see "tiny splinters of ice in the air, fine as dust, that give off myriads of bright colors whenever caught in the glow of the deck lights." Survivors saw dawn reflected off other icebergs in a rainbow of shades, depending on their angle toward the sun: pink, mauve, white, deep blue--a landscape so eerie, a little boy tells his mom, "Oh, Muddie, look at the beautiful North Pole with no Santa Claus on it."

A Titanic funnel falls, almost hitting a lifeboat--and consequently washing it 30 yards away from the wreck, saving all lives aboard. One man calmly rides the vertical boat down as it sinks, steps into the sea, and doesn't even get his head wet while waiting to be successfully rescued. On one side of the boat, almost no males are permitted in the lifeboats; on the other, even a male Pekingese dog gets a seat. Lord includes a crucial, tragically ironic drama Cameron couldn't fit into the film: the failure of the nearby ship Californian to save all those aboard the sinking vessel because distress lights were misread as random flickering and the telegraph was an early wind-up model that no one wound.

Lord's account is also smarter about the horrifying class structure of the disaster, which Cameron reduces to hollow Hollywood formula. No children died in the First and Second Class decks; 53 out of 76 children in steerage died. According to the press, which regarded the lower-class passengers as a small loss to society, "The night was a magnificent confirmation of women and children first, yet somehow the loss rate was higher for Third Class children than First Class men." As the ship sank, writes Lord, "the poop deck, normally Third Class space ... was suddenly becoming attractive to all kinds of people." Lord's logic is as cold as the Atlantic, and his bitter wit is quite dry.

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Recounts the demise of the "unsinkable" Titanic, the massive luxury liner that housed extravagances such as a French "sidewalk cafe" and a grand staircase, but failed to provide enough lifeboats for the 2,207 passengers on board.

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