Arrogance and innocence, hubris and hope—24 haunting voices of the Titanic tragedy, as well as the iceberg itself, are evoked in a stunning tour de force.
More than 2,000 men, women, and children are on board. Here on the first-class promenade is millionaire John Jacob Astor, who hopes his return from Egypt with his pregnant teen bride will invite a minimum of media attention. And here, in the third-class common room, a beautiful Lebanese refugee, on her way to family in Florida, discovers first love. And there in the distance, shrouded in darkness, an ancient iceberg lies patient, awaiting its encounter.
The voices in this wholly unique re-creation of the Titanic disaster span classes and stations, from Margaret (“the unsinkable Molly”) Brown to Captain E.J. Smith, who went down with his ship; from the lookout and wireless men to a young boy in search of dragons and a gambler in search of fools with money to lose. Slipping in telegraphs, undertaker’s reports, and other historic records, poet Allan Wolf offers a breathtaking, intimate glimpse into the lives of two dozen passengers and crew, told with astounding emotional power.
“How do you tell a dramatic story when you know that everyone already knows the ending? Allan Wolf has combined meticulous research with open-hearted poetry to craft the story of the Titanic in a fresh and compelling way. A remarkable accomplishment.” (Helen Frost, author of Crossing Stones and Hidden)
"Allan Wolf has imagined his way deep into the cold, dark waters of history and has come back carrying a couple of dozen voices that he discovered there, voices whose authenticity is not only convincing but compelling. With the publication of this fine book, we know at last - and we know as well as sisters and brothers - some of the people who went down with the Titanic.” (Ted Kooser, former U.S. Poet Laureate and winner of the Pulitzer Prize)
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It could have happened that way
I enjoyed the varied experiences from a wide cross section of the passengers and crew of Titanic. The rat and iceberg were a little irritating but not too offputting. Their contributions were brief enough and gave the author a chance to add a little change of pace to the story.
Actually this was a unique telling of the story. The compartmentalization of the story feed everything piece by piece but it still had a timeline flow that worked.
They brought distinctive voices to each of the characters. Each character was given a depth of personality that helped bring the story to life
No, the voyage is over
This was a bit unusual but not bad at all really. The author weaves facts with fiction to make a compelling story. It was worth listening to. I would say a good read
- danny lawrence
Compelling retelling, evocative performance