She came out with this Kindle single around the time of the anniversary, I guess. She had "what ifs" in her Epilogue. I don't really like "what ifs" because there are just too many variables. If one event changes, 1,000 unforeseen other events also change....more
I seem to be having a problem with books I am listening to on Overdrive. This is at least the second or third youth oriented book I have read. It is aI seem to be having a problem with books I am listening to on Overdrive. This is at least the second or third youth oriented book I have read. It is a well written one, but, still a children's book.
I am very glad that this was not the first book I have read about the disaster that occurred in December 1917 in Halifax Harbor. Curse Of The Narrows by Laura M. MacDonald is ever so much better. This book, however, tones down the disaster that occurred whereas Curse brings home just how much of a disaster it is. This is especially so because this isn't a very well known incident. Part of this was due to it occurring during WWI and Canada probably wanted to tone it down while many Canadians were blaming it on the Germans. Germany had nothing to do with it.
Two ships collided in the middle of Halifax harbor. One of these ships was loaded with armaments and flammable stuff (coal, oil, etc) while the other was loaded with items meant for the saving of Belgium, including bandages and other related items that would catch fire real easy. At least one of the ships was abandoned and subsequently went plowing into the pier. The wreckage caused a tsunami. And a few days later they get a blizzard. So they had a confluence of fire, water (too much) and snow. Relief was unable to get through for several days.
Blizzard only gives us a very scanty view of this. Maybe because it is a children's book. And the author doesn't feel a young person capable of understanding what happened. Whereas Curse, I think, gave a fuller story. ...more
This book was knocked down in rating for the acceptance of Peg Leg Sullivan's testimony. Maybe I missed it. But I didn't hear anything definitive abouThis book was knocked down in rating for the acceptance of Peg Leg Sullivan's testimony. Maybe I missed it. But I didn't hear anything definitive about the start of the fire. Now, this book may have been published before the exoneration of Mrs. O'Leary and her cow. It has been determined that Peg Leg was peeved at being cut off by O'Leary and somehow, whether on purpose or dozing off in the barn, knocked over the lantern. The City Council has absolved her of all blame.
The rest of the book was pretty interesting. It folled the stories of 4-5 people who were in Chicago on October 8, 1871.
Although this book turned out to be YA-oriented, it mad the story fairly understandable to all. Not over the heads of the young and not so simple that adults have a problem with it....more
Interesting and yet boring. At times I had to wonder if I was reading about J. Bruce Ismay or Joseph Conrad. With a little Robert Louis Stevenson throInteresting and yet boring. At times I had to wonder if I was reading about J. Bruce Ismay or Joseph Conrad. With a little Robert Louis Stevenson thrown in. No Eugene O'Neill or Jack London though. It just seemed like she was throwing all of the writers she could think of who had spent time at sea. Or maybe just non-American writers who'd been to sea.
I found much of the Ismay information interesting. But she has dissuaded me, at least for a while, from reading Lord Jim, which I had started. Has she ever heard of spoilers? If I had wanted a critique of Lord Jim, I'd have picked one up.
Enjoyed the information on the passengers, 90% of whom must have been first class passengers. Admittedly, their names are better known.
(view spoiler)[ Had Ismay given the reason he was put in the boat, instead of just telling one person, the world would have had a different opinion of him. The question is, why didn't he? Wilde supposedly told him he was putting him in the boat to tell the crew's story, since presumably few of them would survive. Why did he never say this instead of saying he didn't know why he was put in the boat? Perhaps he wanted to sink the rest of his life, make his name into an anathema. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Not as much about the dog as I thought. The dog who led him down the stairs on 9/11 and out to safety. Okay, all the dog did was her job. But then itNot as much about the dog as I thought. The dog who led him down the stairs on 9/11 and out to safety. Okay, all the dog did was her job. But then it sounds like he takes most of the credit for it.
And then the author had to get on his soapbox against sheltered workshops and praising the likes of Kenneth Jernigan. All right, I will admit there is possibly a little personal animosity towards Jernigan. But it was when the author started praising him I almost threw my kindle down in disgust. From that point on, I pretty much just skimmed.
And I really didn't care for all the background information on what it was like for him to grow up blind. Or is that "visually impaired" now? I can understand that his parents wanted him to grow up as normal as possible but I can only consider that having ride him a bicycle was a traffic hazard to everyone else on the street.
Then when poor Rosie developed breathing problems she had to be retired. It does sound as though he kept her but that she just didn't have to work anymore. But still very little credit to Rosie....more
Tale of the fire that changed fire laws. Quite horrific. It was a Christmastime show when everything went up in flames. Many children were in the audiTale of the fire that changed fire laws. Quite horrific. It was a Christmastime show when everything went up in flames. Many children were in the audience. Eddie Foy, Sr. helped keep the crowd calm for a while. But eventually it was out of control. The students from (I think) Northwestern which had classes across the alley from the theater helped some people to escape the flames by putting a plank or a ladder across the alley to the theater.
I think this book came out to coincide with the centenary.
By the way, this theater is still a theater. They try to play down the Iroquois, I think, although there might be a plaque to commemmorate it. For a while they had a plaque upstairs from another theater, the Fine Arts, commemmorating those who died. ...more