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Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage by Hugh Brewster
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May 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: nautical, titanic
Read from May 10 to 13, 2012

Hugh Brewster starts out by saying that in most examinations of the Titanic disaster, the ship is the main character and all the crew and passengers merely supporting characters – here he flips it. Yes, Titanic is the main event, but the focus is on all the people on the boat – who they were, what they did before getting on the ship, why they happened to be on that voyaged, and what happened after to those that survived.

It’s a fascinating look at a world since past – a microcosm of the Edwardian age in almost every sense; one last glittering dinner party before the combination of hubris and 20trh century technology showed just how ugly it could get.

The most horrifying part of the book was that, by all accounts, most people didn’t know they were going to die right up until the moment they died – death was a truly unexpected blow.

I was a little annoyed that it was often unclear what Brewster’s sources were, and in the hands of a master writer it could have been more suspenseful who would live and who would die, but overall, a very good read.
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05/13/2012 page 161
46.0% "Ship just hit the iceberg. As they say, it just. got. real."

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