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About the Author: Frances Wilson

Frances Wilson was educated at Oxford University and lectured on nineteenth and twentieth century English literature for fifteen years before becoming a full time writer Her books include Literary Seductions Compulsive Writers and Diverted Readers and The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth A Life, which won the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Prize She reviews widely in the British press and is



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  1. says:

    Chief Officer Wilde was at the starboard collapsible boat in which Mr Ismay went away, and he told Mr Ismay, There are no women on board the ship Wilde was a pretty big, powerful chap, and he was a man that would not argue very long Mr Ismay was right there Naturally he was there close to the boat, because he was working at the boats and he had been working at the collapsible boat, and that is why he was there, and Mr Wilde, who was near him, simply bundled him into the boat Second Officer Charles H Lightoller, testimony before the United States Senate Inquiry into the Sinking of the R.M.S Titanic, April 24, 1912 There s a book about the Titanic that you ve never read It s called MGY after Titanic s wireless call sign and weighs in at 620 Microsoft Word 95 pages It was written in a wood paneled basement from 1996 to 1999 It was never edited, spell checked or proofed It was printed on a rickety printer, using two reams of paper and an extra ink cartridge Each page was inserted into a clear plastic protector, and placed in a massive teal binder, so that it resembles the safety protocols of a nuclear reactor This binder is the only known copy of MGY in the world The digital version was once placed on a set of hard disks, which have long since disappeared the original computer on which it was written has also been discarded The author is my sixteen through eighteen year old self.I trace my obsession with Titanic to a 1986 National Geographic special that followed Robert Ballard s expedition to the sunken wreck That obsession expanded each year, until I finally had to act I poured all the collective knowledge I d collected from books, articles, movies, documentaries, and my parents AOL internet connection into this book MGY is a novel, but the novelistic elements serve only as an excessively shoddy framework into which I stuffed Titanic facts and figures Unless you re a prodigy, good writing comes from a lot of reading, and I hadn t read enough yet to understand even the most basic concepts of characterization, storytelling, or narrative momentum The dialogue is cringe inducing there are long, pedagogic monologues and despite the fact that there are two two love triangles occurring simultaneously, there is no sex There is no sex because I hadn t the experience to write a credible sex scene This is known to occur when you spend high school working on a Titanic novel When I finished MGY, James Cameron s Titanic had already come and gone, and I was exhausted with the subject I became like John Laroche in Adaptation I was done with the Titanic I renounced it Eleven years later, I was poking around Barnes Noble trying to find a general history of World War I when I stumbled across Frances Wilson s How to Survive the Titanic Its unique angle the Titanic as seen through the prism of its most infamous survivor, White Star Line managing director J Bruce Ismay caught my attention So too did the fact that Titanic scholarship has advanced in the last decade, leaving me with gaping knowledge gaps that I wanted to fill I m glad I did How to Survive the Titanic is a combination of history, biography, and literary criticism It begins on the plunging decks of the famous ocean liner, when Ismay, the man who essentially built Titanic, took a spot onboard Collapsible C and was lowered to safety Titanic had sixteen regular sized lifeboats and four collapsible boats, which had wooden keels and canvas sides Titanic s survivors between 705 713 out of 2200 were picked up by the Cunard Line s Carpathia the next morning When Carpathia sailed into New York, an American senatorial inquiry awaited, thus beginning the long pillory of J Bruce Ismay, the rich first class man who survived, while so many others were consigned to the sea.The sinking of the Titanic is one of those events that create a passionate following People who love the Titanic really love the Titanic, to the point where therapeutic intervention seems warranted I count myself among that community, and I have an expectation that any writer who tackles this subject knows the story of every rivet In other words, the Titanic isn t something you can simply learn, in order to write a book Titanic is a subject that needs to be lived in for awhile Early on, I was given pause that perhaps Wilson, a literature professor, wasn t entirely comfortable with the Titanic tale For instance, she continuously refers to the Titanic s fatal wound as a three hundred foot long gash While there is a great deal of debate about where she struck the iceberg i.e., whether it was her side that glanced off the berg, or whether her keel ran over an ice shelf , all sources agree that the damage inflicted on the Titanic amounted to popped rivets and burst plates, which caused flooding in her first six watertight compartments The iceberg did not tear through Titanic like a knife, or open her hull like a sardine can to use Wilson s evocative but inaccurate phrase At one point, Wilson also refers to William McMaster Murdoch as the Chief Officer, when in fact, Henry Wilde served in that capacity, while Murdoch was First Officer at other points in the book, Wilson gives his correct rank Mainly, though, I felt I was in competent hands Moreover, this is not the usual Titanic story, which dwells on the well worn tropes of what amounted to a Victorian death pageant Titanic enthusiasts know the legend as a Christian knows the Stations of the Cross Benjamin Guggenheim dressed in his best in order to die as a gentlemen John Jacob Astor placing a woman s hat on Billy Carter s head to get him on a lifeboat Now he is a girl and can go with his mother the band playing Nearer My God to Thee Murdoch blowing his head off after steering the ship into the berg The familiar notes of the Titanic have been played before, and while Wilson does not neglect them when necessary, she has a bit up her sleeve Wilson s focus is on the Titanic event as seen from and felt by her creator Part I of How to Survive the Titanic takes us through Ismay s survival story what Wilson terms his jump includes an in depth and empathetic portrait of his childhood with a domineering, spiteful, and distant father and concludes with a detailed look at Ismay s humbling experience in front of the American Board of Inquiry This part is very good, but fairly standard, treading as it does over beaten path Part II is far interesting, even spellbinding Wilson undertakes to deconstruct Ismay using techniques gleaned from literary criticism In one long section, she discusses Ismay s unrequited love for Titanic widow Marian Thayer Thayer and Ismay carried on an extensive correspondence following the disaster By analyzing their letters line by line, Wilson gives you an incredible feel for this man At times, it s so personal you ll find yourself cringing I shudder to think of the awkward and embarrassing Tweets Ismay would have sent The portrait that emerges is horribly and expectedly complex He is not the dark villain created by the contemporary American press but neither is he wholly sympathetic He is the embodiment of the truth that all tragedy is local by the end of their pen pal relationship, Ismay has convinced himself that he is the true victim of the sinking.Even better is Wilson s comparison of Ismay to two other men one real, the other literary The first comparison, a study in contrasts, is to Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller The impressively named Lightoller is there a better surname for a 19th century British sailor I say no was the most senior deck officer to survive the sinking Unlike Ismay, who in Wilson s words jumped from the ship, Lightoller never left the Titanic To the contrary, in Lightoller s own words, the ship left him He was swept off the boat deck when Titanic s bow dove beneath the ocean He nearly drowned when he was sucked against an exhaust vent, and he spent the night on an overturned lifeboat The consummate company man, Lightoller staunchly defended his employer for the rest of his life At the American inquiry, he was disingenuous, brashly prevaricating, and an outright liar and for all the good that did him the White Star Line never gave him a captaincy The confident, square jawed Lightoller stands in stark relief when posed next to Ismay, who floundered through his interrogations, couldn t keep his story straight, and who rowed from the doomed liner without a blot of seawater on his pajamas It is one of the odd coincidences of the night that Ismay only survived because he avoided Lightoller after Titanic s collision Lightoller was in charge of loading the portside lifeboats, and his rule was women and children only On the starboard side, First Officer Murdoch operated under a self imposed rule of women and children first This distinction appropriately noted by Wilson, who has a keen eye towards textual distinctions allowed Ismay to take an open seat in Collapsible C, which was lowered from the starboard side Had Ismay been on the port side, he would have been turned away by the rigid and inflexible Lightoller And doesn t that tell you everything you need to know about the total command breakdown on Titanic So far, in my experience, no book or movie has properly explored Captain Edward J Smith s absolute psychological breakdown, which led to a disastrously flawed evacuation The other comparison Wilson makes is between Ismay and Jim, from Joseph Conrad s Lord Jim In Lord Jim, the title character is a young officer on the Patna, a ship full of Mecca bound pilgrims The ship strikes something and the officers, fearing the Patna will founder, abandon ship, leaving the sleeping pilgrims onboard Unfortunately for Jim but good for the pilgrims , the Patna does not sink, but is towed back to port by another vessel The captain and other officers flee, leaving Jim to face a judicial court of inquiry alone Jim s story is told by Conrad s ubiquitous Captain Marlow The essence of Lord Jim is Marlow s ultimately futile search for an explanation into Jim s actions I ve read Lord Jim, so I appreciated Wilson s ability to unpack and clarify a difficult novel Still, reading Conrad isn t necessary to enjoy this book Wilson will tell you everything you need to know, without having to suffer Marlow s endless soliloquizing Indeed, she is at her giddy best as a textualist, drawing insight and inspiration from these competing sea stories There is a wonderful moment, for example, where she imagines Marlow telling Ismay s story Marlow would stretch out his legs after dinner on the deck of some barque, light his cigar, fill his glass, and tell Ismay s tale to an audience of men who also follow the sea First he would paint on his dark background the details so essential to the myth of the Titanic there would be a ship the size of a cathedral, her monstrous birth in the Belfast shipyard the decision to limit her lifeboats so as not to clutter the decks her doomed beauty the cheering, the pride, the jubilation as she slides down her cradle to taste the first drop of water the ice warnings the Captain driving her on and on, the moonless sky, the sudden appearance of the berg the order to turn hard a starboard the opening up of the ship like a tin of sardines the torrential rush of water the sleeping passengers the dutiful crew the Captain losing control the band playing ragtime the steerage passengers trapped down below the half filled boats dropping into the water the men in their dinner jackets going down like gentlemen the wives who chose to die with their husbands the other wives in the lifeboats refusing to save their husbands Marlow would linger over the many different languages spoken in the steerage compartments, the four Chinese sailors of Collapsible C, and he would save for his finest canvas the splendor of the Titanic s final dive and the death music that followed But at the heart of his story would be Ismay s jump and his subsequent battle with his moral identity, because for Marlow the ship we serve is the moral symbol of our life and nothing can be said with certainty about a man until he has been tested by his ship How to Survive the Titanic is a wonder I ve read so many Titanic books that I m left to marvel that anything about that ship can feel fresh by now, Titanic studies are at the micro level, with maritime architects arguing about the stress levels of her expansion joints At points, it feels a bit freewheeling, dizzyingly hopping from one topic to the next Wilson will touch on a subject worth a longer look, but just as quickly leap to the next topic, her mind and prose racing For instance, I m intrigued by the suffragette backlash that followed the sinking, which Wilson mentions in passing Still, the end result in an incredible mosaic like approach that splendidly reveals the soul of a man Back in high school, when I wrote my turgid, overlong, regrettably sex free Titanic novel for lack of a better word , I conceptualized J Bruce Ismay in the cheapest, most obvious manner possible I viewed him as the embodiment of hubris in the final scene of my book again, if you want to call it that , I placed Ismay on a fog draped beach, staring out to sea, his thought process mimicking if not plagiarizing George C Scott at the end of Patton, ruing the fact that all glory is fleeting.Wilson gets at something that feels far like the truth that we don t always live up to our best selves Or better yet, we don t always live up to our expectations of our best selves Whenever a disaster strikes, I can t help but to imagine how I d react in a similar situation Would I run screaming out of a burning building, trampling old women as I went Or would I stop to pick up that baby Would I follow the charge towards the cockpit of a hijacked plane Or would I be frozen in my seat, unable to form a clear thought The reality is, we just don t know We like to think that we d act with nobility, calmness and courage, but we can t assume that And unless we ve undergone actual training to prepare ourselves for the unbelievable stressors in these situations, it s likely to be a crapshoot whether we end up among the heroes or the goats.When the Titanic went down, it created that thankfully rare moment when humans are put to the ultimate test If Ismay hadn t gotten into Collapsible C, he would ve been one famous name on a star studded death list He did not take anyone else s spot His refusal to jump would not have saved a single life Yet he saved himself while others drowned The woefully inept Captain Smith and the tragic First Office Murdoch had the good taste to go down with their ship, while the pugnacious Lightoller fought the sea and won For whatever reason, Ismay could not do that There must have been a moment, with one foot on the slanting deck, the other foot in the lifeboat, where Ismay pondered his choice He must have searched the depths of his soul, briefly, and then, without much hesitation, but with a bit knowledge about his inner self, he escaped And for the rest of his life he carried the knowledge with him that for fraught seconds he had lived along that borderline between life and death that he had been gifted with that rare glimpse into the abyss And that he had blinked.


  2. says:

    Firstly, if I wanted to read about Joseph Conrad s Lord Jim, I d read the novel myself rather than someone else s book report on the subject That Frances Wilson decided to pepper her book with detailed descriptions of the Conrad novel is to the book s detriment I found myself skipping over those sections until I found content relating to Bruce Ismay or the Titanic story because I found the Lord Jim content irrelevant True Conrad s story is eerily similar to what Ismay did as the Titanic sank, but this coincidence does not warrant such attention.Secondly, if Wilson disliked her subject as much as she disliked Ismay, why did she spend two hundred and fifty pages writing about him and Lord Jim Her dislike of him seeps, no, oozes off of every page Several times she refers to his behavior as cowardly and insults him at every turn While I don t think every author needs to like their subject, when one writes so negatively about them as Wilson does about Ismay, I tend to find that I trust the author less Wilson presents nothing but a deeply biased portrait of what is really an interesting man, a victim of his time, and a victim of public opinion.No matter what you may think about him, J Bruce Ismay deserves better than this sinking catastrophe.


  3. says:

    J Bruce Ismay was the managing director and chairman of the White Star Line, the company that built the Titanic Ismay was on board and had seen a warning about ice sent from the Baltic, but went to bed after dinner apparently unconcerned When the collision occurred at 11 40pm Ismay awoke and went to the bridge One of a handful of people on board who realised the ship would sink he failed to warn his secretary, valet, dining companion or others of the danger However, he did help load the lifeboats on the starboard side and was helping load Collapsible C, one of the four life rafts when he claimed, I helped everybody into the boat that was there, and, as the boat was being lowered away, I got in On this one action, Ismay was judged by the media as a coward There were conflicting reports in the confusion that Ismay was ordered to go, that he was virtually thrown into the boat by an officer, that he left on the first boat, that women already in the boat begged him to accompany them or that he was pressured to leave by members of the crew or the Captain Ismay himself claimed he only took a seat when no women were there to take a place before him, but his actions were a defining moment in his life William E Carter, an American polo playing millionaire, jumped into Collapsible C at the same time as Ismay and also claimed the deck was deserted and both men got into the lifeboat only after checking no women were there However, Carter also claimed his wife and children had already left the ship and later, his wife Lucille, sued for divorce claiming he had deserted her and her children to their fate Other passengers claimed there was pandemonium around the boat and that Ismay pushed his way on So, was there a crowd, no people in sight, a panic or had Ismay made sure all women and children on his side of the ship had been put into the boats The general confusion and panic meant that stories conflicted and people remembered things differently.Ismay certainly did not seem to understand the general mood after the sinking of the Titanic and seemed disconected with people On the Carpathia he hid in a cabin, refusing to see other passengers and not trying to help He wanted to return to England as soon as he arrived in New York, but was virtually coerced into remaining for an inquiry led by Senator William Alden Smith He was questioned on the stand for hours and the press made up their mind he was to blame Ismay complained, saying I did not suppose the question of my personal conduct was the subject of the inquiry Neither Smith nor newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst gave him an easy time The story of Ismay s survival was bigger than the story of the Titanic itself The most serious accusation was that he had not wanted the Titanic to slow down in dangerous waters because he wanted to break the speed record to New York The most common accusation was that he did not behave like a gentleman Indeed, it was Ismay who was responsible for turning down suggestions for lifeboats Although, in his defence, the Titanic carried 10% than the British Board of Trade s official requirements A White Star Official said, If a steamship had enough lifeboats for all there would be no room on deck for the passengers Instead of lifeboats, there was luxury and the ship was seen as unsinkable the whole ship was, in effect, a lifeboat.This then is the story of the unlucky Mr Ismay, who survived one disaster to endure another sinking at the hands of the press and public It is a fascinating story of his life, career and events leading up to the Titanic disaster and the events which happened afterwards There is also a very interesting parallel with the story of Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad, which the author of the book discusses The opening chapter, which deals with the night of the actual sinking is brilliantly written and the author is always fair and presents all the evidence and all sides of the arguments Ismay was, in many ways, an unsympathetic character, but the author always tries to explain why he reacted the way he did to events It is understandable that survivors, and the families of those lost, felt it was wrong that Ismay did not go down with the ship In the event of such a disaster, it is impossible to judge someone, and you can t help but feel some sympathy with Mr Ismay when the public was looking for a scapegoat and found one in him Excellent and very enjoyable book and very highly recommended Anyone with any interest in the Titanic will enjoy this.


  4. says:

    Part I of the book was an interesting read about the coming of age of J Bruce Ismay as well as the aftermath of the sinking of the Titanic told through the lens of senate inquiries Part II so far seems as it should be a wholly separate book It begins with a critical analysis and Cliff Notes version of Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad then becomes a biography of Conrad s life with cursory linkages to Ismay and the Titanic incident It thus far appears to be wholly irrelevant to the supposed purpose of the book which I had been led to believe was the stigma placed on Ismay by the events of that fateful day If it does not reveal its purpose as part of the subject, I will be greatly disappointed however much I appreciate the information It would be like buying a book whose cover is for Stephen King but whose contents are Jane Austen Having read this far at page 200, I shall continue and finish this book There are after all only about 80 pages before I reach the appendices which contain the endnotes.


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    Ever have a really bad day where, say, you call someone names at work and maybe back into someones car on the way out of the grocery parking lot and then, I don t know, cut a thumb off while cooking dinner Well next time this happens you can take comfort in the thought that it could have been much worse You could be J Bruce Ismay, and spend your life known as the man who jumped on a lifeboat as the Titanic was sinking While hundreds of women and children were still on board Oh right, and he was a sort of owner of the boat.See It could totally be worse.I lucked into this book at the Ontario Book Blogger gathering back in late October early November There were these gift bags filled with a random assortment of books, and by some act of luck I ended up with a bunch of YA and one historical biography And not just any historical biography but a super interesting one about a topic I ve always been fascinated by the Titanic.It s interesting to me, that in all the many, many, Titanic books nobody has ever before looked exclusively at the reviled Ismay He s been turned into one of those caricatures of thoughtless, wealthy, self serving villains on par with Marie Antoinette and the let them eat cake myth, and this is the first time I ve seen someone sit down and actually look at him and his actions in the light of facts instead of emotion.It was a fascinating biography and expose on many levels Without a doubt Ismay was a socially awkward man with many failings, but he was far from the only man to get on a lifeboat that night Nor did he actually perpetrate any of the heinous actions that happened from various lifeboat members over the course of that night Like Lord and Lady Duff Gordon who commandeered the first life boat for them and their staff plus some crew, leaving in a boat with room for a large number of other people, and who were rumoured to have paid the crew not to return to pick any of the survivors out of the freezing waters There was in fact even another 1st class male passenger who got in Collapsible C with Ismay as it launched So why was Ismay so maligned Was it because of his sort of owner status as the heir to the White Star line even though he d already sold it to J.P Morgan, and was just the acting president Wilson digs into the mysteries surrounding the accident and the 25 unhappy years Ismay lived through after, in a thoroughly engrossing manner Highlighting the actions of supposed heroes and villains alike in a way where the line becomes thoroughly blurry By the end of the book it seems a miracle anyone survived or that any of the survivors were able to look each other in the eye afterwards Anyone who s lived through a serious tornado warning, car crash or other disaster will immediately identify It s impossible to know how you ll act in a crisis until you have to do it, and lets face it, most of us aren t up to the task And although many heroes of that fateful night did a wonderful job, everyone did things that seemed in bad judgement when looked upon on dry land later.My only complaint about the book, which was relatively small, was Wilson s use of a Joseph Conrad s story of Lord Jim She goes to great lengths to compare the story to Ismay s life, and I mean great lengths as in she even dedicates a chapter to a small biography on Conrad, but I never really got the point The comparison seemed to be her hypothesis for the whole book, but somehow there never seemed to a be a punch line It left me a bit mystified Also, although I love Conrad s work Heart of Darkness got me through a hospital visit while suffering through a kidney infection in my early 20 s, 2 provinces away from any family members , his biography and the details of the Lord Jim story were very out of context for me, and thus kind of boring I wanted stuff about Ismay, what did I care about a fictional character s moral plights Conrad comparisons aside, this was a fascinating read, definitely one to add to your list if your looking for a Titanic book that s not about the same old things.


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    I gave this book 2.5 5 starsBefore I start this review I have to say that I m a huge Titanic fan, if I ever see a book I don t have I buy it even if it s the same story over and over again.I was so excited when I received this book to review it was about the Titanic and I was always interested to know what happened to Ismay after the sinking of the Titanic and the American and British Inquiries into the sinking.Unfortunately I wasn t a big fan of this book at all, the parts about the Titanic and Ismay were good, but then for some unknown reason the author decided to compare Ismay s life to some story called Lord Jim , and then proceeded to it seemed, put the whole story into the book which I wasn t even remotely interested in then after as if that wasn t enough, then decided to give us the life story of this guy who wrote the Lord Jim story and after that his bibliography, everytime it came to one of these bits and they re spread out throughout the book, so it s not like you could skip a chapter or whatever it got to the point where I was like not this again, it was too much and didn t really have anything to do with the story.But there were some good bits, I learned Ismay grew up in a household with a Father who didn t like his kids, and subsequently Ismay treated his own children the same way, he had fallen out of love with his wife after the death of their oldest son and while on the Titanic, seemed to fall in love with one of the 1st class passengers Marian Thayer.We read about how he contradicted himself quite a few times at the inquiries and after never ever spoke of the Titanic again.It s hard to say whether Ismay deserved to be the scapegoat that he became after the sinking, he says he got into the lifeboat because there were no other women or children around, other s say he was forced into the lifeboat but we do know around 1,500 people died that night and he could I m sure easily have found women and children somewhere on the ship to take his spot in the lifeboat.But it s something we ll never know, only the people there that night knew the truth, it s something that will forever remain a mystery.


  7. says:

    I will not be finishing this one There was a time when I would have read every word and been fascinated by it It is extremely well researched and fairly comprehensive in describing the Titanic and Bruce Ismay s life and fall.Frances Wilson has gathered documents and interviews of survivors of the Titanic and those surrounding Ismay, the token White Line Shipping owner who hopped aboard a lifeboat while the Titanic was sinking This is significant because he and Captain Smith, and Thomas Andrews were the top three who understood the perilous tragedy that was unfolding Ismay knew how many lifeboats were available he being the executive to only outfit the ship with enough boats for half of the passengers in lieu of spacious accommodations for the first class passengers and he knew that the lifeboats were not filled to capacity He knew the boat would sink long before the regular passengers understood this fact It was also a time of chivalry Women and children were supposed to board the lifeboats Although Ismay is not the only man to survive the Titanic s demise, he rated somewhere between the captain of the ship who went down with the ship and a passenger, many of whom did not survive Accounts differ and it is believed that not all passengers held boarding passes, over 700 people survived while over 1500 did not.The subject fascinates me not only because the Titanic is simply a fascinating tragedy I know, not cool that it is fascinating but it is but also my grandfather was a passenger on its sister ship, The Olympic in the same time period and heading towards Australia it took 3 6 months each way So I did a lot of reading about the Titanic about 15 years ago This book includes new information but it is compilation of many first hand reports, court documents and different perspectives It reads much like a history book without telling the reader how to form an opinion.Like I said, it is comprehensive, well organized and information than I want at this point in time.


  8. says:

    Could ve been better without the garbage relating to Lord Jim Total waste of space and I skipped those sections completely, as they were not relevant no matter how the author tried to make them so.


  9. says:

    The Sinking of J Bruce Ismay showed another side to the Titanic story that most people today probably never give much thought This story is about what is going on when the Carpathia arrives in New York and what transpires thereafter than just the sinking of the Titanic Frances Wilson goes over the trial and story that ensues when the survivors return to New York It is hard to tell what Ismay thinks about this trial because he only shared his thoughts in his letters to Mrs Marian Thayer, a surviving and now widow from the Titanic that becomes his friend after meeting on the Titanic The Titanic s sinking was a big story in the world at that time, and this is a big part of t heTitanic story that is left out of James Cameron s movie and documentary s too The trials in New York and later in England could be a movie unto themselves I have never read a book about the Titanic before, so this was very interesting to me, but the book did not really go into full details about the sinking of the Titanic If a reader wants to learn about that part of the Titanic story then this would not be the book for them, but to someone that has read about the Titanic and would like to know about the events after the sinking When the survivors arrive in New York and how the world is reacting to the sinking, then this will be an interesting book I found Bruce Ismay s conduct at first in this book called cowardice by most people, disturbing and reprehensible He supposedly jumped into an empty seat on the last lifeboat on the starboard side as it was being dropped into the ocean No other people were there at the time on the starboard side, stated in the British inquiry Later in the book I was changed by the author and by the story of Bruce Ismay as his life unraveled and could somehow put myself into his place I found him discharged from moral duty, if it his testimony was true I am still not sure about that Lord Mersey summed up my thoughts best during the British inquiry about Bruce Ismay s Lord Mersey said, discharge of the moral duty of Mr Ismay was relevant he was cleared of blame Mr.Ismay, after rendering assistance to many passengers, found C collapsible, the last boat on the starboard side, actually being lowered No other people were there at the time There was room for him and he jumped in Had he not jumped in he would merely have added one life, namely, his own, to the number of those lost I am not sure though that this is true, no witnesses survived so the reader will never know the actual truth The author, Frances Wilson, relates Bruce Ismay to maritime novelist Joseph Conrad s character Jim in his novel Lord Jim I was not familiar with Joseph Conrad s books, so this part of Frances Wilson s book How To Survive The Titanic was difficult to read and keep up with in this book I thought it relevant and fitting and I think it should be in this book, but it was the hardest part of this book for me to read I liked the pictures Frances Wilson put in this book and I am glad she did All books about history needs pictures if there are any, to help see the characters better I liked looking at these old pictures in this book.In closing why I think this book is interesting is because we are all curious how people react to extraordinary situations in life We all hope to do the courageous and exemplary thing, but what defines courage and honor in our behavior sometimes is not always well defined In this story about J Bruce Ismay we will never know the real story because most of the witnesses died on the sinking ship Somehow the story of the Titanic is like the Battle at the Little Bighorn, we are kept pulled to these types of stories in life and the real life characters that play out the history in them Frances Wilson said it best about J Bruce Ismay, she wrote, He was an ordinary man caught in extraordinary circumstances, who behaved in a way which only confirmed his ordinariness Ismay is the figure we all fear we might be He is one of us I really enjoyed this book, and Ismay means than just his actions after reading this book.


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    The trouble with this book is it has a distressingly tendency to forgive me go off course.When the book focuses on Titanic and the owner J Bruce Ismay, it is a fascinating new examination of the one of the worst peacetime maritime disasters, filled with eye witness statements, interesting facts about the ship and her passengers and crew, and the fall out of what happened after the ship went under.However, I did not pick up a book about Titanic in order to read about the life and works of Joseph Conrad Seriously, the book contains about the life and works of Conrad than I ever cared to know It felt like filler as the author babbled about Conrad s dad s life as a Polish communist or something and gave summaries of the plots of most of Conrad s book Urgh.Read the book for the eye witnesses describing what it was really like to be there, and skip all the Conrad stuff.


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