The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic
Arrogance and innocence, hubris and hope--twenty-four haunting voices of the Titanic tragedy, as well as the iceberg itself, are evoked in a stunning tour de force.Millionaire John Jacob Astor hopes to bring home his pregnant teen bride with a minimum of media scandal. A beautiful Lebanese... show more
Arrogance and innocence, hubris and hope--twenty-four haunting voices of the Titanic tragedy, as well as the iceberg itself, are evoked in a stunning tour de force.Millionaire John Jacob Astor hopes to bring home his pregnant teen bride with a minimum of media scandal. A beautiful Lebanese refugee, on her way to family in Florida, discovers the first stirrings of love. And an ancient iceberg glides south, anticipating its fateful encounter. The voices in this remarkable re-creation of the Titanic disaster span classes and stations, from Margaret ("the unsinkable Molly") Brown to the captain 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 marks. Slipping in telegraphs, undertaker's reports, and other records, poet Allan Wolf offers a breathtaking, intimate glimpse at the lives behind the tragedy, told with clear-eyed compassion and astounding emotional power.Extensive back matter includes: Author's noteMorse code with messages to decipherTitanic miscellany Bibliography, articles, periodicals, government documents, discography
Publish date: October 11th 2011
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Pages no: 480
Edition language: English
Novel in verse/titanic/historical Well researched Well organized -some concrete construction poetryIncludes many voices from all levels of the ship-including The iceberg
This book was brilliant. Interesting - even enchanting at times - and succinct, but beautifully poetic, too.I don't have the words to express the awe this book created for me. Three specific pages come to mind as being nearly perfect: Mr. Andrews as the ship was going down; the pages depicting the...
This is a really interesting and haunting look at the Titanic disaster. With so many voices and perspectives, it's easy to find people to relate to, which makes the book very arresting. I found myself reading Encyclopedia Titanica while I read, because the book got me so interested in the topic.
Everyone knows the story. An iceberg. A boat. 1,500 lives lost. This is the story that one hundred years later (April 2012 marks the centennial of the sinking) so fascinates that it's difficult to keep Titanic books on library shelves. It's one of those nonfiction sections every Children's Libr...
So much has been written about the Titanic, it's hard to imagine an author finding a fresh perspective but Allan Wolf pulls it off and quite brilliantly. The voices of the captain, crew members, passengers from all three class, the shipboard rats, the embalmer searching for bodies floating among the...