Every Man for Himself
Book Season = Winter (maybe the cold will lead you to a gentle sleep)
I wonder if reading this book before Cameron's calculated tear-jerker came out was even more affecting than it was reading it afterwards. Like re-reading Pride & Prejudice this days and trying to keep the text separate from the filmic palimpsest that's layered over top of it, reading 'Every Man for Himself' without seeing Kate and Leonardo running about the place is almost impossible.
The protagonist - an un-named young man closely but mysteriously attached to J Pierpont Morgan - also reminde...more
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More than for plot, I enjoy Bainbridge's books for their regular servings of commentary on the human condition. I often find myself stopping to ponder some assertion o ...more
such an interesting idea, so well developed. I read an interview with her once in which she said she always wrote her books and then did the research AFTERWARDS just to make sure she didn't have any glaring errors. This is a brilliant idea, such a relief from all those novelists (McEwan, Faulks etc etc) who do tons of research and then, sadly, put too much of it into the book, creating lengthy dreary passages about recip ...more
I cannot understand why this was nominated for the Booker Prize. Stories of the upper classes getting tied in knots over etiquette and gossip have been done to ...more
This book itself came out the year before the famous James Cameron film Titanic, so cannot be accused of copying the film despite both having similar themes. The difference in this book, however, is that the view of the social classes (as seen through the main character, Morgan, himself an up ...more
As the ship sails inevitably towards disaster, the callow narrator becomes increasingly in thrall to an enigm ...more
This is a story of mainly upper crust young people - passengers on the ill-fated Titanic, and the atmosphere on board put me in mind of the bright young things at a party thrown by the Great Gatsby, or possibly even some pals of Bertie Wooster. It took me a while to get to know some of these people, and some of them were still only shadowy characters by the end of the story.
No sap, low drama. Beryl Bainbridge does the Titanic story just right. Mr. Morgan, the protagonist and narrator, echoes in your head just as Nick does in the Great Gatsby. You see the superfi ...more
The Booker shortlist for 1996 had some very good books on it, this was one of them.
Last Orders (which won),
A Fine Balance (my favourite),
Alias Grace (one of Atwood's best),
Every Man for Himself
and two I have not read, but have been told are also good,
Reading in t ...more
Set on the Titanic, the book begins with a strong and captivating opening chapter, the pace then slows as we spend much of the novel dwelling on the first class decks. We observe the oppulance of the ...more
After an upsetting incident in London, when a stranger dies of a heart attack in his a ...more