Tuesday Teaser A Night to Remember

I've wanted to read A Night to Remember by Walter Lord for a long time. It's especially poignant for me because a member of my extended family was traveling in third class, which makes the story feel a little personal. In light of that, it doesn't feel like I should say I'm enjoying this, so let's just say that I appreciate the way the events surrounding that night are related in this book.

Lord’s classic bestseller, and the definitive account of the unsinkable ship’s fateful last hours
At first, no one but the lookout recognized the sound. Passengers described it as the impact of a heavy wave, a scraping noise, or the tearing of a long calico strip. In fact, it was the sound of the world’s most famous ocean liner striking an iceberg, and it served as the death knell for 1,500 souls.
In the next two hours and forty minutes, the maiden voyage of the Titanic became one of history’s worst maritime accidents. As the ship’s deck slipped closer to the icy waterline, women pleaded with their husbands to join them on lifeboats. Men changed into their evening clothes to meet death with dignity. And in steerage, hundreds fought bitterly against certain death. At 2:15 a.m. the ship’s band played “Autumn.” Five minutes later, the Titanic was gone.
Based on interviews with sixty-three survivors, Lord’s moment-by-moment account is among the finest books written about one of the twentieth century’s bleakest nights.

High in the crow's nest of the New White Star Liner Titanic, Lookout Frederick Fleet peered into a dazzling night. It was calm, clear and bitterly cold. There was no moon, but the cloudless sky blazed with stars. The Atlantic was like polished plate glass; people later said they had never seen it so smooth.

What troubled people especially was not just the tragedy--or even the needlessness--but the element of fate in it all. If the Titanic had heeded any of the six ice messages on Sunday . . . if ice conditions had been normal . . . if the night had been rough or moonlit . . . if she had seen the berg 15 second sooner--or 15 seconds later . . . if she had hit the ice any other way . . . if her watertight bulkheads had been one deck higher . . .  if she had carried enough boats . . . if the Californian had only come. Had any one of these "ifs" turned out right, every life might have been save. But they all went against her--a classic Greek tragedy.

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  1. Oh, such a tragedy, and so many "if onlys." Thanks for sharing. Here's mine: “THE BOOK THAT MATTERS MOST”

  2. This sounds intriguing. I've always been fascinated with the Titanic. Enjoy!

  3. This sounds like it's a major book about the sinking of the Titanic, separating fact from fiction. A must-read story.
    My Tuesday post features LATE FALL.

  4. I've never read that book, though I've heard about it as long as I can recall.

  5. I think I'd have to take a pass, just not for me.

  6. I'm fascinated about The Titanic. This could be good:)

    My TT from Bayou Shadow Hunter

  7. Your connection makes it all the more interesting.