Titanic, The Long Night is a very nice YA story focusing on the lives of four young passengers on board the Titanic.
The main character is Elizabeth FTitanic, The Long Night is a very nice YA story focusing on the lives of four young passengers on board the Titanic.
The main character is Elizabeth Farr, a first class passenger, travelling with her parents. Elizabeth main problems are convincing her parents that she wants to go to Vassar instead of marrying the man they want her to marry. Also in first class is Max Whittaker, returning to New York after studying art in Paris, he had a falling out with his parents about what he wants to do in life and can only afford first class because his grandmother sent him the ticket. Also aboard are third class passengers Katie Hanrahan and Paddy Kelleher who plan to find themselves a new life in America.
Both girls are aware of each other but they never interact. Each has its own trials to face, namely finding love, and their story serves to show us how the different classes were organised aboard and the different priorities these people had.
With a simple, straight story, Hoh keeps us interested while she relates the details of the unsinkable ship and what happened during those days on the sea till tragedy occurred. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the long night, as the title puts it. One can almost feel the anxiety of some and the obliviousness of others regarding what was really happening. As a curiosity I should mention that one of the secondary characters, a Mrs. Molly Brown, was a real person and an actual passenger of the ship. We will have more information about her later in the week.
Without overdosing on the historical details Titanic, The Long Night makes for the perfect introduction to what happened to the Titanic. While it is young adult it can also be pleasant literature for all ages.
Salgari is a perfect example of the adventure writer of the 19th century. Captain Tempesta is the first book in a two part series about the conquest oSalgari is a perfect example of the adventure writer of the 19th century. Captain Tempesta is the first book in a two part series about the conquest of Famagusta (Cyprus) by the Turks and the events that led to the battle of Lepanto.
The main characters are an Italian duchess - Leonor - who disguised as a man goes to Famagusta to free her fiancé, the viscount Le Hussiere who is prisoner of the Turks. She goes through several adventures to achieve his release namely a duel with the best swordsman of the Turkish army, Muley El Kadel, the son of the Lion of Damascus.
The Italian’s sense of honour wins her a friend in the Turkish warrior who ends up falling in love with her after finding out that she is a woman and playing a role in the release of Le Hussiere. The viscount is a prisoner of a cruel Muslim woman and his release will make her their mortal enemy. Leonor and Muley El Kadel will have to survive several confrontations with the enemy to make to safe land.
While this is a YA novel I found it as interesting an engaging as when I read it as a teenager. He writes very strong, and interesting, female characters. Both Leonor and Haradja are strong, skilled with weapons and know what they want. He also has a good sense of place, his vivid descriptions of historical places and historical events makes us almost believe that we are there, watching the action. Salgari's books were one of my first contacts with far away countries and different cultures and I can only recommend them to the younger generations as an excellent read.
I wrote this review in English of a book that was originally published in Italian and that I read in Portuguese, what a mix.
While I was looking for a nice cover online to go with this review I discovered that a movie was made in the forties based in this book. Now wouldn't it be be great if I could find it? ...more
The Green Bronze Mirror is the story of Karen, a fifteen year old girl who finds herself transported to Roman Britain during Nero's reign. Found by aThe Green Bronze Mirror is the story of Karen, a fifteen year old girl who finds herself transported to Roman Britain during Nero's reign. Found by a group of Roman legionaries, Karen becomes a slave and is consequently sold several times till she ends up in Rome, in the House of Caechina, taking care of children. She doesn't give up on her dream to go back to her time though...
I found the story interesting and engaging, very much like the books I read while a teenager, and that first made me realise how much I loved history. Because, while telling the story of Karen, we are treated to the way of life during the Roman Empire in a simple and interesting way, there's even a bit about early christianity and the religious persecution. This a book that Lynne Ellison wrote when she was still a teenager and I think it shows in the simple writing and in the fact that Karen never really is in any danger, she always finds friends who protect her. But that doesn't make the story less worthy, it makes for a perfect children's read and I don't hesitate to recommend it as such.
This particular edition does suffer from some proofing problems that hopefully will be solved in future editions.