Ship of Fools

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Louis Auchincloss
"Vivid, beautifully written story...bathe in intelligence and humor." -- New York Herald - Tribune Books
Glenway Wescott
"A phenomenal, rich and delectable book." -- The Atlantic
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316713900
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 5/30/1984
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 190,633
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I Embarkation: Quand partons-nous vers le bonheur? (Baudelaire) 1
Part II High Sea: Kein Haus, Keine Heimat ... (song by Brahms) 69
Part III The Harbors: For here have we no continuing city ... (Saint Paul) 361
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2010

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    Can't say "Read it!"

    I read this book with my book club, it was well written and certainly gave us plenty to talk about but I had to force myself to finish the book. Had it not been for book club I would have put it down after the first 100 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2000

    Existential journey foreshadows Holocaust

    This is the only novel by Katherine Anne Porter, the first professional writer from the state of Texas. Her skills of elaborate description and character development may overwhelm the casual reader; but there is fertile ground for multiple adventures between the covers of Ship of Fools. A Texas bigot embarks on his journey of exploitation of the world's oil ports and brothels. The widow of a German owner of a Cuban sugar plantation is forced into exile following the collapse of the world's sugar market. A conflicted love between two young painters, one burdoned with supporting the other who is mired in telling the story of the oppressed proletariat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2000

    Boring

    The book was supposed to be a moral allegory and it was anything but that. Porter bounces from one character to the next.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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