Cruel Sea / Edition 1

Cruel Sea / Edition 1

by Nicholas Monsarrat
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Burford Books


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Cruel Sea / Edition 1

A powerful novel of the North Atlantic in World Wat II, this is the story of the British ships Compass Rose and Saltash and of their desparate cat-and-mouse game with Nazi U-boats. First published to great accalim in 1951, The Cruel Sea remains a classic novel of endurance and daring.

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ISBN-13: 9781580800464
Publisher: Burford Books
Publication date: 01/28/2000
Series: Classics of War Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 520
Sales rank: 410,582
Product dimensions: 5.58(w) x 8.35(h) x 1.22(d)

About the Author

Nicholas Monsarrat served in the Royal Navy during World War II and later joined governemnt service. He died in 1979.

Table of Contents

Before the Curtain3
Part 11939: Learning5
Part 21940: Skirmishing79
Part 31941: Grappling137
Part 41942: Fighting277
Part 51943: The Moment of Balance344
Part 61944: Winning467
Part 71945: The Prize489

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Cruel Sea 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book over thirty years ago. I have finished my third reading. Incredibly vivid portrayal of what it must have been like to have been on a British corvette escorting convoys through the North Atlantic. The plot occasionally creaks when the crew goes ashore, but this is about the perils of being on a ship in wartime. Monsarrat writes out of his own experiences and puts you right there on the ship's bridge with all of an officer's concern, fear and anxiety. A classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most compelling sea story since Moby Dick told in beautiful, lyrical prose. A war story that puts you in the thick of the battle where you feel the sting of the salt spray and the numbing cold of the water but most of all the ever-present fear of being blown out of the sea by an unseen enemy.
Veteran More than 1 year ago
Like another reviewer, this was my second reading after a period of about 30 years and I enjoyed it even more the second time. With a more solid foundation in the history of the war, military service and conversations with Naval veterans over the years, this tale is a remarkable glimpse into a crucial aspect of WW II that most never think much about or fully appreciate. This is, to me, one of the best reads from that era.
malta17 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful novel. Intense, yet lyrical. If action in the North Atlantic is your forte, then read this by all means. I am now reading it for the fourth time in 40 years. It gets better each time.