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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  4,111 ratings  ·  62 reviews
The inspiration for the 2006 Warner Bros. film, Poseidon, Paul Gallico's The Poseidon Adventure is an intense and dramatic story about a gigantic ocean liner and its unimaginable final journey.

When a rogue wave capsizes the luxury cruise ship, a small group of survivors find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for their lives. As the unstable vessel rapidly fills with w
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Published April 11th 2006 by HarperAudio (first published January 1st 1969)
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I saw the movie with my friend Linda, and an obsession was born.

We played "Poseidon Adventure" with our Barbies. We played "Poseidon Adventure" with the Deitch boys from across the street. (Even though they had not seen the film, in our crazed madness, we forced them to play all the male roles.) I even saw the movie en espanol on a trip to Spain. (Didn't understand a word of it. Didn't matter. I had it memorized.)

My dad, never one to miss an opportunity for education, came home with a presen
K.D. Absolutely
Afloat North Atlantic, SS Poseidon turned upside down because of tsunami due to undersea earthquake. Unlike RMS Titanic, the story of SS Poseidon is fiction and managed to inspire only 4 movie adaptations unlike the former that inspired 20 movies both in TV or wide screen. In fact, when American novelist Paul Gallico (July 26, 1897 – July 15, 1976) released The Poseidon Adventure in 1969, it did not generate much interest as it was seen as a lame version of the RMS Titanic story.

But I liked the
Until just a few weeks ago my only exposure to The Poseidon Adventure was the film made in the early 1970's. When I discovered that it was first a book by Paul Gallico, I knew I had to read it. I'm one who prefers to read the book first and then see the movie. Having done it in reverse order this time, I was interested to see how much the film held to or diverted from the book.

The Poseidon Adventure is the story of a huge cruise/cargo ship that is full of passengers on a 30-day cruise taken over
Normally, I don't mind when a book is turned into a movie. A movie, even a bad one, usually brings a book a much wider audience. For instance, I was enticed to read All the King's Men by seeing the trailer for the Steven Zaillian-directed remake. The book is now among my favorite novels of all time; the movie is crap (I've never seen the original movie).

I will make an exception for Poseidon, which is among the stinkiest pieces of garbage I've ever had the misfortune of sitting through in the th
Neal Shusterman
Okay... confession here... When I was 11, my father took me to see the original Poseidon Adventure at the Beekman theater in Manhattan. I loved it. I was obsessed with it. I think that perhaps my adult fascination with cruise ships was strongly influenced by it. The idea of a cruise ship turning upside down was so damn surreal, terrifying and compelling creatively, I couldn’t get it out of my mind as a kid. Back when I was twelve, I read the novel, and loved it. So just last year I found a copy ...more
Most are probably familiar with this story about a group of people in an upside-down cruise ship thanks to the classic adventure movie that's based on it. The book is more salacious and brutal than its famous film adaptation.

There's a heavy focus on the thoughts and discussions of the characters, sometimes at the expense of what's actually happening on the ship - I had to re-read more than one action scene to understand what was going on. This would have been more acceptable to me if the themes
A genuinely bad book. Loaded with sexism, obnoxious characters that you dont even care about, and a really stupid bit where a woman is raped and seems oddly okay with it.
It's kind of a sick fascination to be so awed by what is, by most estimations, pretty much a text-book definition of a "cheap thriller". I make no bones about it, forget the movie(s): this book is a terrific page-turner of a cheapie, but Graham Greene it aint'. That one author could produce both "The Snow Goose" and "The Poseidon Adventure" says much about Gallico's versatility, and not a little about the fallacy of classifying authors by genre.

Why do I like it? I saw the film first; or rather,
One of the biggest one-two punches you could ask for, to close out the 1960s. There was nothing like this property. Nothing like it since 'The Rains Came' and 'The Hurricane'. Book AND movie! Unique. Visionary. The one every other project subsequently, copied.

One of those instances where the adaptation swaps in and out with the book. Each complementing the other. The whole experience has a surreal and disorienting quality. In the book, crazy chapter headings like, 'Up the Down Staircase' and 'To
I remember seeing bits of “The Poseidon Adventure” growing up, but I didn’t recall the entire story. I knew the basic premise that a ship capsizes (rolls over) at sea, and a group of passengers attempts to escape by working their way to the top/bottom of the ship. That upside down nature of the story was a little hard for me to visualize. I don’t do well with spatial elements, and even though the author described what the passengers encountered, it was still hard for me to get a clear picture of ...more
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It was only recently when I visited the local library that I discovered the film "The Poseidon Adventure" was adapted from a 1969 novel of the same name written by Paul Gallico. Given that I was fairly disenchanted with some of the cliched scenarios in the film, I was intrigued to pick the novel up and see whether the usual "book is better than the movie adaptation" mantra h
Deidre ~Young At Heart Mom~
A very good story of a group of people, who band together, determined to survive, after the ocean liner SS Poseidon capsizes when a rogue wave hits her. The cause-a huge undersea earthquake which turns the ship upside down, making the will for survival, that much harder!
Molly Christensen
Interesting book on human spirit. Many of the people just completely gave up and wouldn't even try when the ship sank, but others were going to do whatever it took to at least give themselves a chance. Way too many dead people for me, though.
Walter Roper
A classic

A true classic so well know by the iconic 70s film, but the book goes much deeper and explores human behavior and the human heart.
David Teska
The first mature novel I read (age 14 or 15 I think). Read the book, then see both movies. The book is much richer and tauter in how the survivors made it out.
Jason Reeser
I was surprised at this. A far better book than I expected. I had always loved the movie, but now I see why they made the movie. This book is fantastic.
Exciting and interesting like the movie, but different from the movie. Oh, the basic premise is the same. Cruise ship flips over and the people trapped inside have to struggle to make it to the hull so they can be rescued. There were even the same characters - with other characters inserted like Susan and Robin's parents. Some characters had smaller roles than in the movie - like Acre the steward and Robin the kid. In the end, I can't say I really thought any of the characters in the book were h ...more
Marts  (Thinker)
One of my favourite sea adventure stories, after watching this do you still want to go on that cruise you were contemplating??...
Jessica Robinson
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Okay, this book was.... strange. I've watched the classic original movie The Poseidon Adventure several times starring Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine and Shelly Winters. That version of the movie had many of the book's characters and related to the book, but there were still huge differences. They remade the movie Poseiden in 2006 with Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell and Richard Dreyfuss. Other than the fact that the ship was named Poseiden and flipped upside down on New Year's Eve, there isn't much tha ...more
Ok, I really didn't like this book. I hadn't seen the movie, but from what I know about the story, I was expecting a fastpaced adventure novel, which this assuredly isn't. It's definitely an adventure, but the focus is much more on the interior thoughts and motivations of each character. However, we only get inside the heads of those characters I found least interesting, while those that truly intruigued me were only shown filtered through the perceptions of other characters. For example, I woul ...more
This is completely entertaining to read, but what makes it seriously fascinating is how unbook-like it is. For the most part, the plot of stories are written like stories, without a sense of occurring in real-time and without the inconvenient problems of existing in a variable world. This is written like a story, and it has characters that are just like story characters, but somewhere along the line this stops behaving like a story. The foreshadowing you thought you were seeing doesn't lead to a ...more
Well this one is ending up on the didn't finish shelf. I remember watching the old movie version on TV, so I figured this would be interesting. Unfortunately, almost all of the characters are deeply unpleasant in one way or another, and when I got to (view spoiler), I was done.
Jaime Contreras
I read this because I like a novel with many stories woven into the tapestry. This one is in the pattern of Hotel, Airport and The Swarm. Yes, the stories are slightly melodramatic but the provide good fodder for the rollercoaster action novel. This is a good read because it is totally fiction. Mr. Gallico has a flare for the extravagant.
Doug Haynes
Better then either of the big screen adaptations but only by a slim margin when compared to the Gene Hackman one from the 70's.

The book offers a depth to the characters and story that I never would have suspected base don either film. Not only are the characters terribly complex but the perverse situation they find themselves in is used by the author to really discus some larger issues regarding how we choose to move through life, the nature of motivation and preservation and more then the littl
Paul Economon
Was very impressed with this book.

The first chapter is sketchy in the character development but after that it was a fantastic story.
After seeing the newer movie I thought I'd give the book a try. Worst. Idea. Ever. It took me over a month to get a fourth of the way through and there my bookmark has stayed...for something like five years now. Most of the time I couldn't have even told you where they were in the ship or where they were headed other than the generic up. Seriously molasses in January moves faster than this plot. At the time I read it most of the racism, sexism, etc went right over my head which in retrospect I'm ...more
Oct 30, 2012 Greg rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Saw the movie back in the seventies when I was a kid, and enjoyed it. When I found out the book was written by Paul Gallico (The Snow Goose and The Abandoned), I figured the book would be even better. When I finally tracked down a copy, I realized how wrong I was. How Gallico could write such a book, I don't know. Superficial, incongruous, hateful, it panders to the readers' most base emotions. I found it at a library and I'm glad I didn't spend a dime on it. It is one of the few books I found s ...more
What a ride! It's a crazy, messed up story. I'm not sure that I can say I really liked it a great deal but it was interesting and hard to put down. The characters had very complex problems and the drama was intense. It was a tad difficult to keep up with all the characters since they are each referred to by several different names. I also didn't care for how the focus jumped around so frequently. Overall, I think anyone who likes dated suspense novels would like this book but beyond that it’s no ...more
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Paul William Gallico was born in New York City, on 26th July, 1897. His father was an Italian, and his mother came from Austria; they emigrated to New York in 1895.

He went to school in the public schools of New York, and in 1916 went to Columbia University. He graduated in 1921 with a Bachelor of Science degree, having lost a year and a half due to World War I. He then worked for the National Boar
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