03 May 2012

Review: A Night to Remember by Walter Lord

A Night to Remember by Walter Lord

Published: 1955

Pages: 208 (paperback)

Genre/s: Non-Fiction, History

Source: Own library

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My Thoughts

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 - it's not stuffy or wordy in it's explanations of what happened that fateful night, and although the 'cast of characters' is long, it's an extremely riveting read.

Using interviews with passengers from first, second and third class and crew as a basis for the book, Walter Lord's classic has stood the test of time well. Although the cast of characters is large and complicated, the more prominent passengers (Mrs. Brown, John Jacob Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim) stand out, as do the chilling accounts from below-decks crew and steerage passengers. There are stories of miraculous survival and heart-breaking stories of final goodbyes, and coverage of the rescue and the landing of the survivors in New York.

As a non-fiction book, this is not a dry read at all. Sure, it's got a whole lot of facts about the ship, the sinking and the rescue efforts, but it's presented in an easy-to-read language, interspersed with amazing true stories.


  1. I posted on the Titanic, too! Have you heard of "The Sinking of the Titanic and other Great Sea Disasters" edited by Logan Marshal? Written just after the disaster, it is even more accurate than the Lord book. Here is my link: http://4ambassadorsofchrist.blogspot.com/2012/04/tragedy-of-titanic-to-z-blogging.html#links
    Hope you enjoyed the Challenge!

  2. Oh, a non-fiction book on Titanic and going by your review, it looks good. Though I'm really bad with a lot of characters/ names, I will give it a try.



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