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Aoibhínn’s review of The Lifeboat
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Dec 09, 2012 02:34PM
Looks like this would make a good bookclub read.
Dec 09, 2012 04:22PM
Oh it would! I might suggest it next month.
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Dec 10, 2012 09:01AM
Thanks for the review. The plot puts me in mind of an old black and white movie that still haunts me where several survivors overload a lifeboat. They debate how to decide who will go overboard to save the rest and one by one people are left behind. It did raise all kinds of uncomfortable thoughts on how I might act in a similar situation. Using an unreliable narrator/survivor sounds like a nice twist.
Dec 11, 2012 12:38PM
I read the book too, and loved it. It reminded me of the movie "Lifeboat", I think it was a Hitchcock movie from the late 1930's or 1940's. There to you weren't quite sure who was telling the truth or not. I agree that this would be a great book club book, and wonder too what she will do for her next book. This one is going to be hard to top.
Dec 11, 2012 05:17PM
Sounds like a terrific book, glad you rated it 4 stars.
Diane S ☔
Dec 12, 2012 02:51PM
So glad you liked this one. Thought it would make a great book for discussions. personally thought Grace was manipulative and that she played her lawyer all the way. She was as guilty, I think, as the other two woman and got away completely free. And don't think her conscience bothered her.
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Dec 12, 2012 03:07PM
I agree. This does sound like it would make a good book club read. It kind of reminds me of The Case of The Speluncean Explorers,a philosophical writing by H.L.A. Hart, where a bunch of men went into a cave and they knew that inevitably some men would have to die because of lack of food. The men democratically decided that they would draw straws or roll a die and the person that lost would be killed and eaten so the other men could stay alive. The big dilemma was how the legal system should treat the surviving men.
Dec 12, 2012 03:31PM
I got this on my kindle today for 4.99!
Dec 12, 2012 05:05PM
I picked it up for 3.99 on Barnes and Noble. I have been debating this book for so long.
Feb 10, 2013 04:05PM
Liked your review. Grace is both honest and a liar by omission, depending on circumstance. That she is very manipulative, not to say conniving, goes without saying. Her initial encounter with Henry is but one example. Her constant assessments of the power shifts in the lifeboat are another. She is a consummate survivalist in an era that was stacked against women.
Feb 28, 2014 02:31PM
Just finished this book and was having a difficult time putting my thoughts about Grace into words. Your description of her sums up my ambivalance about her perfectly. She is "a very complicated character" indeed.
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