A Night to Remember

A Night to Remember Lord s classic bestseller and the definitive account of the unsinkable ship s fateful last hoursAt first no one but the lookout recognized the sound Passengers described it as the impact of a heavy

  • Title: A Night to Remember
  • Author: Walter Lord
  • ISBN: 9781453246474
  • Page: 416
  • Format: ebook
  • Lord s classic bestseller, and the definitive account of the unsinkable ship s fateful last hoursAt 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 deatLord s classic bestseller, and the definitive account of the unsinkable ship s fateful last hoursAt 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.

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    1. James Cameron ruined the Titanic. Now, anyone who's ever been interested in the subject must contend with sideways glances from people who assume your curiosity was piqued by Kate Winslet gazing at Leonardo DiCaprio with her big doe eyes. Countless books, documentaries, and even video games were released to coincide with the ill-fated ship's meteoric popularity. This is not to say that Cameron's Titanic was entirely irredeemable. Indeed, there are many parts of the film where you can feel Camero [...]

    2. Wow, I can see why this book is considered a classic in narrative nonfiction. In fact, I picked up this book because Nathaniel Philbrick, himself a master writer, told the New York Times that this was one of his favorite books of the genre. (The other nonfiction book he mentioned was Alfred Lansing's Endurance, which I also agree was excellent.)A Night to Remember gives a gripping, detailed account of what happened the night the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic Ocean, killing more [...]

    3. “Robertson called his ship the Titan; the White Star Line called its ship the Titanic. This is the story of her last night.”

    4. James Cameron's vision of the Titanic decided that the most compelling and lucrative story would focus on two young lovers who had just met. Looking at the passenger manifest, where survivors are listed in italics and the dead are not, suggests how blandly offensive this vision is. It's hard to argue with the chivalry of "women and children first," but for family after family, particularly among first class passengers, fathers and husbands went down with the ship while mothers, wives, and kiddie [...]

    5. Book on CD read by Walter JarvisOn April 15, 1912, the greatest ship to ever sail struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic. This is a chronological tale of what the people aboard the Titanic recall of that night’s events. This is a re-read. I first read it before I joined either Shelfari or , so I have no record of when I read it. I believe it was in the 1980s; I know it was long before the hugely successful movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. If memory serves, I re-read [...]

    6. This is sort of the primary, classic book on the Titanic disaster. Published in 1955, it's short and smoothly written -- covering the viewpoints of a large cast and changing centers of perspective with ease. There have been four movies made about the Titanic in the sound era (there were several silent movies about or loosely based on it). I've seen three of the four and have the other one on VHS to watch. The first was a 1943 German, Nazi-produced spectacle that mainly was made, it seemed, as an [...]

    7. Because I'm cruel and evil, I'm going to ruin this book for you with a spoiler. The ship sinks, folks.What, you already knew that? You've heard the story before, once or twice, maybe? In fact, do you think the Titanic story is overblown in our culture? Are you tired of it? You can blame Walter Lord. But don't blame him too much; he wrote an amazing book.Lord was something of a harmless crank with a bit of a fascination with this big honkin' ship that had run into an iceberg a few decades before. [...]

    8. When I was about 15, I was completely obsessed with the Titanic (yep, that's the year the movie came out!), and I brought every book I could find about it. And at the time, hyping up the movie, there was a lot of books available.A couple of years later, the obsession had faded and it wasn't until the 100th anniversary of the sinking in mid-April that my interest was piqued again. So I picked up a copy of A Night to Remember.Written in 1955, it reads with a surprisingly modern and appealing voice [...]

    9. I've never trusted the month of April. It should be the month of flowers and bunnies and eggs and bees, which it is. But April is also the month of disasterse 1906 Earthquake and Fire, Chernobyl, the Oklahoma City Bombing, Columbine and, of course, the Sinking of the Titanic. The 'S' is capitalized.Prior to reading Walter Lord's version of the Sinking, the Titanic was just another shipwreck to me, but forever after, it is THE shipwreck. Under Lord's framing, it's also the end of the Gilded Age w [...]

    10. IfIf the Titanic had heeded any of the six ice messages on Sunday.if ice conditions had been normalif the night had been rough or moonlitif she had seen the berg 15 seconds sooner--or laterif she had hit the ice any other wayif her watertight bulkheads had been one deck higherif she had carried enough boatsif the Californian had only come. Had any one of these "ifs" turned out right, every life might have been saved. But they all went against her--a classic Greek tragedy.This was a fairly concis [...]

    11. one thing becomes clear reading this book.titanic was a major cock-upuld more have gone wrong on one sea journey.

    12. I really can't decide what the best rating for this book would be. It's an amazing recollection of first-hand experiences from the night the Titanic went down. The Titanic is one of my favorite stories from history. Might have come from seeing it in theaters as a kid, but I'm not 100% certain. But this book is far more interesting than the movie, only because it's true. It's interesting to hear just how calm everyone was up until people started physically seeing the water inside the ship. Even t [...]

    13. This has been on my TBR list for a while, but I felt an urge to get it read earlier this year, given that I was going on a cruise myself. I decided it would be best left until after I returned, just in case it made me a little edgy!!It was an interesting read, although there wasn’t anything of major importance that I wasn’t already aware of - but still amazing to think that people were firmly convinced that the Titanic was unsinkable. Although, having cruised on a large ocean liner now mysel [...]

    14. They say that this book is the definitive source when it comes to the story of Titanic and I agree. I learned so much details from this book that I did not see in the James Cameron 1997 hit. Even if I watched that movie 20+ times (and still occasionally have that urge), I still had that insatiable need to know more about what happened. But when I finally closed this book? Enough, I said. I'm truly satiated.A Night to Remember is 1955 Walter Lord's (1917-2002) non-fiction work detailing what happ [...]

    15. This book, published first in 1955, is a treasure trove of information about that fateful night on the Titanic. It is really well written and you feel as if you are right there in the midst of the disaster. I've watched quite a few documentaries about the Titanic and really enjoyed this book as well. I highly recommend it. I plan to get other books by Walter Lord as he was a wonderful, nonfiction writer.

    16. I've gotten interested in the Titanic again after visiting Belfast this summer and going to the spectacular new Titanic museum. It really is worth the trip and you can easily spend the whole day there and not get bored. But this is about the book not the museum!Very very concise recalling of what happened the night the Titanic sank, but I ended up loving that part of this book the most. It's not James Cameron fluff even if I love that movie for different reasons. This book is pretty strictly the [...]

    17. A truely matter of fact account of the sinking of the Titanic, brilliantly told. It's interesting that although first published only about 40 years after the disaster people still had differnt memories of the events that happened. This version is an excellent unabridged audio CD, read by the ever reliable Martin Jarvis.

    18. Walter Lord's A Night to Remember (which I absolutely adored as a teenager) is in many ways a cinematic, live action, play-by-play and intensely riveting account of the sinking of the Titanic, from start to finish, from the time the iceberg was hit to when the for all intents and purposes few survivors were picked up, had reached the Carpathia (and I can well understand how and why this novel was made into a movie, although I have not seen it). Now as a teenager, the massive amount of entertaini [...]

    19. A narrative as exciting as any thriller, capturing one of the most tragic events the world has ever witnessed. The unparalleled glory of the Unsinkable ship, the love and labor of its maker, captain and crew, the appalled cries of men, women and children aboard, the silent night, the cold sea with the roaring gigantic ocean liner, RMS Titanic, being devoured into it has fascinated and afflicted thousands of people. Walter Lord has described all of it in this wonderful book.On a side note, I alwa [...]

    20. Lord delivers a riveting account of a tragedy that symbolized the end of an age. The Titanic, the grandest of luxury liners, heedlessly speeds forward into the night as the wealthy elite indulge. They meet their destiny in the elemental forces. The Titanic’s demise eerily foreshadows the profound changes coming as the world soon unravels in the Great War. The prevailing confidence that man can control nature and his fate is shattered. A far more uncertain world is revealed. The actions of the [...]

    21. This is a marvelous work of nonfiction in what has to be the definitive classic of the Titanic.Walter Lord has a perfect balance between authorial distance and empathetic immediacy, giving the narrative elements of both suspense and pathos. Instead of focusing on a couple of passengers from the Titanic, he chronicles dozens to tell the story of the ship's last hours. This omniscient perspective makes the first half race by like a classical thriller. Even knowing the Titanic legend by heart, as s [...]

    22. I've always been interested in the Titanic and her fateful maiden journey. Walter Lord tells the tale of her finally night at sea. This book was originally published in the 50s but it's content is still relevant. Lord collects various tales from the survivors themselves.To us now, it's shocking at how calm and unbelieving the passengers were when the ship started going down. The ship was branded "unsinkable" and everybody truly believed it. They stayed inside, refused life belts, and thought the [...]

    23. A factual account of the Titanic. A journalist's detailed reporting of what happened according to the survivors. Very thorough. Not my cup of tea, but I am glad I read it. History and nonfiction lovers will give this 5 stars.

    24. I don't know how the author does it, but he manages a sumptuous notice of detail and a very brisk, but not quite hurried pace – of course perfect for a narrative centering on the Titanic. He also draws some interesting cultural conclusions which point to its place in history and why it still fascinates us.

    25. Na prawdę bardzo dobra książka. Świetnie udokumentowany, nie rozgadany, reportażowy tekst. Momentami chwytający za serce, ale bez zbędnego sentymentalizmu.Największe wrażenie robi podkreślenie wszystkich okoliczności, dzięki którym można było tej katastrofy uniknąć. Przypomina mi się Kronika Zapowiedzianej Śmierci. Było tyle okazji, żeby odwrócić los. I wszystkie okazje zostały zmarnowane.

    26. When I went looking for a book about the Titanic and what really happened that fateful night, this is the book that came up the most, got the most reviews, and was regarded as the definitive Titanic book.After reading it, I can definitely see why.Walter Lord has put together a detailed, painstakingly accurate account of the Titanic's sinking. He pieces together several viewpoints in order to come up with each situation. His prose is simple and to-the-point, and very easy to read. I appreciated t [...]

    27. I didn't realize that in 1898 a small novel by Morgan Robertson wrote a fairly short novel, Futility, that foreshadowed the Titanic tragedy. The novel was later changed to Futility or the Wreck of the Titan with a different ending. Walter Lord captures the hubris of men in A Night to Remember. The builder, Ismay, survived but remained a recluse until he died. He most likely suffered from shell shock. He witnessed his "unsinkable ship" go down on a cold night in April 1912. The Titanic sinking re [...]

    28. Nel 2015 ho visitato a Belfast la Titanic experience, una sorta di museo/luna park costruito sul luogo di costruzione del Titanic.E’ un posto bellissimo, ve lo consiglio, e se volete ve ne parlerò in una delle rubriche di viaggio.L’anno prima invece ho visitato il Museo del Titanic a Southampton, luogo da cui è partito e che ha dato i natali a moltissime persone che ci hanno lavorato. Un museo interessantissimo, pieno di oggetti, ricordi ed emozioni.Mi è quindi venuto naturale comprare qu [...]

    29. Very readable and to date definitive account of the sinking of the Titanic that, apparently, both James Cameron and Julian Fellowes relied upon when it came to making their movie and TV series respectively. Living here in Ireland with both Belfast and Cobh (formerly Queenstown) making the most of their Titanic claims to fame in the run up to the centenary—Belfast actually having one, it being where the ship was built, but Cobh neglecting to mention that Titanic never docked there but instead w [...]

    30. From BBC Radio 4 Extra:Walter Lord's retelling of the fatal voyage of the Titanic, read by Martin Jarvis.1/10. As the RMS Titanic sails to New York, an iceberg is spotted.2/10. The Titanic's captain tries to discover how badly the ship's been damaged by the iceberg.3/10. The stricken passengers of the RMS Titanic leave their cabins and head to the ship's decks.4/10. As the sinking Titanic issues an SOS, women and children are ordered into the lifeboats.5/10. With only women and children allowed [...]

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