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Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter

Ship of Fools (original 1962; edition 1994)

by Katherine Anne Porter

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Title:Ship of Fools
Authors:Katherine Anne Porter
Info:Amereon Ltd (1994), Hardcover
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Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter (1962)



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" . . . Her 'Ship of Fools' is the ship of humanity, and it is an unforgettable masterpiece. . . "
  MerrittGibsonLibrary | Jul 6, 2016 |
Porter's idea of the ocean of life (instead of Twain's life as a river for example) and how wretchedly petty and selfish we have become - we float along at our own peril... ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Extremely insightful about particularly miserable behavior - few characters are likeable but all are very detailed characters. ( )
  lisahistory | Feb 22, 2014 |
A group of passengers (who remain more national and economic "types" than actual people) cross the Atlantic in 1931. There are so many characters that Porter provides a detailed listing at the beginning. There is no arc of narrative, and the ending, in which everyone arrives at their various destinations is unsatisfying. Porter's prose and her descriptions of persons and places at first seem vivid and lively until you start to realize that, for all her efforts, the people and places never really come alive. Clearly trying to deal with the Big Issues, the novel is too often trite or peachy. A long book that seemed longer to me than it actual is; it is certainly adds up to less than its sometimes skillfully amusing parts. Perhaps the kaleidoscopic structure, switching back and forth, among several interwoven subplots contributes to this. I was reminded of an especially high-toned episode of the The Love Boat, or one of those 70s disaster epics in which dozens of stars make cameos. ( )
  sjnorquist | Feb 13, 2014 |
It's a long book, and some of the philosophical bits are a bit tedious to get through, but I still liked it, for what it was.

There were a lot of characters to keep track of throughout, but it did feel like you were in each of their heads as the perspective switched. The writing would shift so well, portraying each person's thoughts and feelings, so I felt like their true character came through.

I did feel like the story petered out a little, especially towards the end, with regards to the gala, but it also felt true to what such a long voyage would be like. ( )
  digitalmaven | Mar 6, 2013 |
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For Barbara Wescott, 1932: Paris, Rambouillet, Davosplatz, Salzburg, Munich, New York, Mulhocaway, Rosemont :1962
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August, 1931 - The port town of Veracruz is a little purgatory between land and sea for the traveler, but the people who live there are very fond of themselves and the town they have helped to make.
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The story takes place in the summer of 1931, on board a cruise ship bound for Germany. Passengers include a Spanish noblewoman, a drunken German lawyer, an American divorcee, a pair of Mexican Catholic priests. This ship of fools is a crucible of intense experience, out of which everyone emerges forever changed. Rich in incident, passion, and treachery, the novel explores themes of nationalism, cultural and ethnic pride, and basic human frailty that are as relevant today as they were when the book was first published in 1962.

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The 48 first-class passengers and the 900 Spaniards in steerage on a passenger-freighter crossing from Mexico to Germany in 1931 are traveling on a voyage of life.

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