Every Man for Himself

By Beryl Bainbridge

If ever a topic and a author have been completely matched it truly is here.  The fated voyage of the Titanic, with its heroics and horror, has been dramatized repeatedly earlier than, yet by no means by means of an artist with the talents and sensibility of Beryl Bainbridge.  Bainbridge vividly recreates every one scene of the voyage, from the suspicious hearth within the quantity 10 coal bunker, to the champange and crystal of the top quality public rooms, to that negative middle of the night chaos within the frigid North Atlantic.  this can be awesome, haunting story substantiates Bainbridge as a consummate observer of the human .

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