Every Man for Himself
Book Season = Winter (maybe the cold will lead you to a gentle sleep)
I wonder if reading this book before Cameron's calculated tear-jerker came out was even more affecting than it was reading it afterwards. Like re-reading Pride & Prejudice this days and trying to keep the text separate from the filmic palimpsest that's layered over top of it, reading 'Every Man for Himself' without seeing Kate and Leonardo running about the place is almost impossible.
The protagonist - an un-named young man closely but mysteriously attached to J Pierpont Morgan - also reminded me...more
Beautifully written, you could almost feel the chill in the air and see the stars above!
The last few pages have you drawn into the despair and for some that were still convinced the ship wouldn't sink and just carried on.
Recommended even if one knows what happens.
The writing is exquisite!
I had moments of enjoyment but this was one of those books that once it was put down I had to do a little mental battle to pick it up again. Perhaps it's not a good choice when you're on holiday and there is so much else going on that is fun and distracting?
Spent largely in the company of bankers, magnates, and his flighty friends -a vacuous bunch of young socialites, gauche sons and daughters of the great and good- he also comes into contact with members of the working-class from amongst the crew.
As the ship sails inevitably towards disaster, the callow narrator becomes increasingly in thrall ...more
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Quite a letdown after the excellent prose in Testament of Youth. No character development and nobody worth caring about. I'm glad it was such a short book so that I didn't waste any more time on it than necessary. ...more
The Titanic hasn’t held the same fascination for me as I believe it has for others, I’ve never even seen the film as, after all, we all know the ending. Going into this book, therefore, I was interested in the direction Beryl Bainbridge would take, would else she could add to the story that hasn’t been done before.
We follow Morgan, nephew, although indirectly, of J.P Morgan as he embarks on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, going home to New York to perhaps finally decide at twenty-one, ...more
Morgan (wealthy adopted nephew of a rich banker) has a foot in two camps - first class passenger and a minor role in the design team.
Flaying between social position, purpose and possibly romance Morgan me Scurra. Philosopher, investigator and possible doctor, Scurra makes many claims and explanations throughout the story, which Morgan clings to.
The shifting world political scene is reflected in the human interaction ...more
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The Booker shortlist for 1996 had some very good books on it, this was one of them.
Last Orders (which won),
A Fine Balance (my favourite),
Alias Grace (one of Atwood's best),
Every Man for Himself
and two I have not read, but have been told are also good,
Reading in t ...more
More than for plot, I enjoy Bainbridge's books for their regular servings of commentary on the human condition. I often find myself stopping to ponder some assertion o ...more
I will try another of her books if I come across one in order to compare them.
Mystery abounds, there are puzzling characters, snatches of overheard conversations, loads of drinking and buffoonery. Our narrator, Morgan spends a lot of time philosophising and pondering his future (even though the story is actually told from this future Morgan's perspective). He is ...more
Let me just say, I, like many others, am quite obsessed by the Titanic story. I am also incredibly freaked out by the coincidences associated with a novel written 14 years before the ship ever took i ...more