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Brewster, who created several bestselling books on the "Titanic," uses original research to intertwine, for the first time, the lives of the rich and famous within the powerful arc of the ship's dramatic demise to convey the poignance of this epochal disaster.
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Teoksen nimi:Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World
Kirjailijat:Hugh Brewster (Tekijä)
Info:Robson Books (2012), Edition: First UK, 320 pages
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Avainsanoja:to-read, titanic, maritime-nautical

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Well documented bios of the First Class passengers, as well as bios of certain Crew Members, the Captain, etc. Numerous
photos - all in B&W- are well presented to show the fashions, and decor of the day. Experiences aboard the Carpathia and upon arrival in New York finish the main story. Excellent resources for further reading are included in the back of the book, as well as further info on already introduced Personell. Not the best source for the Titanic, but very well written, and informative. Recommended for History buffs! ( )
  RichardCarr | Apr 28, 2021 |
I loved the idea of this extremely well-researched novel, but the actual reading experience fell short for me.

In the beginning the author did a good job of introducing the illustrious passengers, giving for each a short history of who they were and what they had accomplished, and then describing what their shipboard activities were likely to have been and who they probably hung out with. I also appreciated the many photographs included in the book. The chapters often included a picture of the person who was described, and I had not seen many of these before. Like many (most?) people I am endlessly fascinated by the Titanic and this section was very effective for me, giving me a real sense of the passengers as living breathing people with lives outside the context of the iconic disaster.

But eventually my interest level waned. For some reason the author felt compelled to devote a substantial chunk of time to a boring and unnecessary outing of many of the passengers; the chapter could have been subtitled "The following people, in addition to the interesting accomplishments I have already described, were probably or certainly gay, and here is the evidence."

In other ways as well - and this is probably more a fault of my aging brain than the author's technique - it was a case of too much information. There was so much detail. By the time the sinking happened I could no longer remember who was who and whether or not a person whose earlier story caught my fancy was one of those who made it. The author closed with a brief description of the post-Titanic lives of some of the key survivors; which again would have been more interesting to me if I could have kept their stories straight.

Note: It's not exactly new information, but one thing that struck me powerfully in this account is what an awesome lady Margaret Brown was. I am off to Amazon to see if I can find a biography. ( )
  AngeH | Jan 3, 2020 |
Years ago I read two other books about the sinking of the Titanic. I read Walter Lord's book in the late 1960s and some other book in about the 90s. In looking at the elite guest list, this current book gives a bit of a different perspective to the story. In a way, the elite list was the 'easy' story. They were the ones about which much had been written in the newspapers and to whom much had happened in that they had privileged lives which allowed them to travel and live in multiple and far away places. Although I remembered that John Jacob Aster had been aboard the Titanic, I did not remember many of the others, such as Major Butt. Learning about them, especially the women (though because of the musical, everyone knows that 'Molly' Brown was aboard), was very entertaining. It was interesting to see how many were treated by the press and their own compatriots after the tragedy. So sad what humans will do and say to others without being fully informed or thinking about how they would react in the same circumstances. A worthy read. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Apr 30, 2017 |
This is a retelling of the basic details of the Titanic disaster, but focused on the first class passengers who were an interesting microcosm of the gilded age. I found it an interesting way to think about the disaster. Knowing enough about this group of passengers to get attached to them, and in some cases not knowing which survived and which did not, put a human face on the disaster. ( )
  duchessjlh | Mar 5, 2017 |
Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World, by Hugh Brewster, is, as the title suggests, a study of those first-class passengers who boarded the ill-fated Titanic on April 10, 1912, in Cherbourg, France, and their lives aboard the ship until it struck the iceberg on April 14 and sank. There are also chapters concerning the aftermath of that event, including what happened to the survivors afterwards. Hugh Brewster worked with explorer Robert Ballard, who found the sunken vessel in 1986, and had extensive access to artifacts, journals, letters and other sources to flesh out his story, making this volume both accurate about the actual events and personal in terms of individual stories, albeit focusing primarily on the stories of the very wealthy elite and mostly ignoring those in "steerage," many of whom died in the disaster. There are fascinating bits of information here: for example, the first several lifeboats carried at best only half the number of passengers that they could have carried because nobody thought the situation was as serious as it proved to be, and of the 425 women on board, some 74% survived whereas only about 20% of the 1,667 men lived. Whether or not the orchestra played "Nearer My God to Thee" as the ship sank is moot, although Brewster uncovers the fact that this hymn was probably played at some point during the night of April 14-15. Brewster does a good job of describing the individuals with whom he deals, and more importantly, in enabling the reader to keep each profile separately in mind without mixing them up, and his writing style is both respectful of the subject matter and easy to comprehend. Really interesting stuff, especially if like me the reader knew only the broad outlines of the disaster prior to finding this book. Recommended! ( )
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