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Ship of Fools
     

Ship of Fools

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by Katherine Anne Porter
 

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The title of this book is a translation from the German of Das Narrenschiff, a moral allegory by Sebastian Brant. The author read it in Basel in the summer of 1932 when she had still vividly in mind the impressions of her fist voyage to Europe. She took for her own this simple almost universal image of the ship of this world on its voyage to eternity.

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The title of this book is a translation from the German of Das Narrenschiff, a moral allegory by Sebastian Brant. The author read it in Basel in the summer of 1932 when she had still vividly in mind the impressions of her fist voyage to Europe. She took for her own this simple almost universal image of the ship of this world on its voyage to eternity.

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"Vivid, beautifully written story...bathe in intelligence and humor." -- New York Herald - Tribune Books
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ISBN-13:
9780451060839
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
09/01/1963
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Ship of Fools 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books. Some people who write reviews on this site should simply sit on their hands and not so clearly reveal their ignorance to the world.
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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was supposed to be a moral allegory and it was anything but that. Porter bounces from one character to the next.