How to Survive the Titanic: Or, The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay

How to Survive the Titanic: Or, The Sinking of J. Bruce Ismay

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by Frances Wilson
     
 

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A century after the disaster, a gripping new account of the sinking of the Titanic.

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A century after the disaster, a gripping new account of the sinking of the Titanic.

 

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"Wilson gives an absorbing account of the disaster and its cultural associations...her approach yields a rich meditation on the mere moment's hesitation that separates cowardice from courage." - Publishers Weekly
"It is a pleasure to read a book that offers something new on this topic. Titanic completists will certainly want this, and also readers of biography and Edwardian-era history." - Library Journal
"The author demonstrates an impressive knowledge of that night to remember." - Kirkus Reviews
"[Ismay's] dramatic story comes to life...Wilson writes eloquently of this classic Icarus tale..." - NPR
"...a gripping study - part reportage, part biography, part literary criticism...a stimulating, very readable book...will fascinate literary and Titanic enthusiasts alike." - The Telegraph
"Just when it seemed impossible to make the story of the Titanic fresh, along comes this sensitive book, full of strange currents, coincidences and pairings...This book finds submerged truths, unravels riddles, listens to echoes...a deep reading of the catastrophe through one hapless, inert man." - London Evening Standard

Hermione Eyre
“Wilson herself casts a Conradian spell…finds submerged truths, unravels riddles, listens to echoes. This book is a deep reading of the catastrophe through one hapless, inert man.”
Lucy Scholes
“A haunting story…A meticulously researched and eloquently written account of one of the twentieth century’s most iconic disasters [that] explores a man ‘mired in the moment of his jump.’”
Richard Holmes
“A gripping retrospective on the Titanic disaster seen through the eyes of the wealthy ship’s owner…and an inspired interweaving of the moral themes of guilt and responsibility”
Forbes
“A gripping account…Wilson brings a bright new perspective to the event raising provocative moral questions about cowardice and heroism, memory and identity, survival and guilt.”
BusinessWeek
“Persuasive…examines the disaster afresh through the prism of Ismay’s life…Ultimately, Wilson’s portrait-empathetic rather than sympathetic-depicts Ismay as an Everyman troublingly suited to our own uncertain times.”
Library Journal
This new look at the Titanic's sinking, including some previously unpublished letters, peers into the life and psyche of J. Bruce Ismay, the ship's owner who survived the disaster by jumping into a lifeboat filled with women and children. Wilson (The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth) not only recounts the events of the terrible night of April 14-15, 1912, but she effectively associates Ismay's cowardice and torment with that of Conrad's Lord Jim, thus adding another dimension to the story. VERDICT British actor Robin Sachs's sonorous voice captures just the right emotional tone. Followers of all things Titanic, historians, and literature lovers will appreciate this audiobook, despite some lengthy accounts of the investigations into the sinking. [See the Titanic centenary audio roundup (p. 60) and print titles on p. 108.] [The Harper Perennial pb will publish in March 2012.—Ed.]—Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611204254
Publisher:
Dreamscape Media
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Richard Holmes
“A gripping retrospective on the Titanic disaster seen through the eyes of the wealthy ship’s owner…and an inspired interweaving of the moral themes of guilt and responsibility”
Lucy Scholes
“A haunting story…A meticulously researched and eloquently written account of one of the twentieth century’s most iconic disasters [that] explores a man ‘mired in the moment of his jump.’”
Hermione Eyre
“Wilson herself casts a Conradian spell…finds submerged truths, unravels riddles, listens to echoes. This book is a deep reading of the catastrophe through one hapless, inert man.”

Meet the Author

Frances Wilson was educated at Oxford University and lectured in nineteenth and twentieth century English Literature for fifteen years before becoming a full time writer. Her books include Literary Seductions: Compulsive Writers and Diverted Readers and The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth, which won the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Award. She reviews widely in the British press, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She divides her time between London and Normandy.

 

READER BIO

Robin was born ans raised in London, England, and studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). After RADA, Robin spent time performing everything from Shakespeare to Tom Stoppard and touring various parts of the known world. His British TV appearances include Brideshead Revisited, Upstairs Downstairs, and Rumpole of the Bailey. He is probably best known in America for his role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as being in several films.

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