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The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
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Apr 05, 2012

really liked it
Recommended for: all
Read from May 18 to 26, 2012

Nice to read a page-turner for a change. I was originally drawn to this novel because it was a first novel by a woman in her 50s! (Gives one hope.) The story - about a group of people stranded in a lifeboat bobbing along in the ocean after fleeing a burning luxury liner (a few years after The Titanic)- wasn't initially something I thought I'd enjoy. Too claustrophobic, too small and tight a world. But the writer, who is an architect by training, knows how to build a plot and characters and themes which made this deceptively simple book more complex, raising all kinds of questions about what it takes to survive on a lifeboat and in the courtroom when you're on trial (and the parallels between the two), what makes a person powerful (and how men vs. women gain power especially back in the bad old days), whether murder is ever justified, and on and on. The main character is a young bride who turns out to be much more interesting than she initially appears.
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