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The Ocean

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When the Aurora is torpedoed, all on board must abandon ship. Curtain, a sailor, finds himself stranded in a lifeboat on the open sea. On board with him are four men, one of them an old priest. The differences in the strength and weakness of character of the five men, their relations with one another, and their private thoughts and dreams are explored as the days pass, the ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 19th 2003 by The Harvill Press
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Took a little while for me to get into the flow of it, but ultimately I really appreciated how Hanley took a sortof cliched situation (five men lost at sea on a lifeboat) and made it seem completely real. No sensationalism, no "character archetypes", just five random men who are sick and thirsty. By the end I was completely sucked in, and the ending, such as it was, came as a relief.
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Born in Kirkdale, Liverpool, in 1897 (not Dublin, nor 1901 as he generally implied) to a working-class family, Hanley probably left school in 1911 and worked as a clerk, before going to sea in 1915 at the age of 17 (not 13 as he again implied). Thus life at sea was a formative influence and much of his early writing is about seamen.
Then, in April 1917, Hanley jumped ship in Saint John, New Brunswi
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