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The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
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Jul 31, 2012

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god, i really wanted to be able to review this book like this: "a lot like the life of pi, but with fewer tigers." because the life of pi is about a kid that gets stuck in a lifeboat with a tiger, right? it sounds so awesome, but when i tried to read it, it's just...unreadable. it might not even be about a kid trapped in a lifeboat with a tiger. possibly the tiger is a metaphor for humanity's unique capacity to comprehend death or something. i don't even know.

the point is that the lifeboat isn't really anything like the life of pi. it's about a woman, circa 1918 or something, who survives a shipwreck. her new husband secures her a seat on a lifeboat, but tragedy strikes when no one comes to rescue the poor bastards in the boat. they linger at sea for weeks, succumbing to the darkest side of the will to survive, & once the boat is plucked out of the water, the narrator & two other women are put on trial for murder.

it's definitely un-put-downable, or maybe that's just my weird horror of the ocean speaking. i zipped through this bad boy in maybe three hours, & i was surprised & gratified to find that aside from being about as much of a thriller as you can cobble together from a cast of characters trapped on a lifeboat together, it also has some interesting feminist-y elements.

could have used a tiger though, so points off for that.
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Martine Taylor enjoyed your review :)

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