Monday, April 12, 2010
I recently finished Ship of Dreams by Martina Devlin. Great read!
We all know the story of the Titanic. Ship of Dreams does not concentrate on the disaster itself, but rather, the aftermath.
The story introduces us to a handful of characters who survived the sinking and gives us a glimpse of what their lives were like in the wake of the unfathomable demise of Titanic.
I loved that the author had characters from both 1st class and 3rd class. It was interesting to see how their lives differed once they settled in New York. From young Irish immigrants, to crusty upper class native New Yorkers, they all had a story to tell. And Ship of Dreams tells it beautifully.
The reader gets to know a widow who was honeymooning on Titanic, and who is now with child. Her husband had given up his seat on the lifeboat for a young Irish girl, also with child, whose "husband" perished.
There are other players as well, and it was interesting to see how their lives all intertwined after bonding in the lifeboat.
The book is actually loosely based on the author's relatives who survived the sinking.
my gut reaction - LOVED this book! Beautifully written, fantastic historical detail. Titanic is one of my favorite subjects, and who doesn't love a good love story to boot!
my sleep-loss meter - 5 under-eye bags! Kept me reading and reading 'till I couldn't read no more! Great, great, great!