A Night to Remember
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I love a good disaster - in retrospect, of course. Walter Lord's book on the sinking of the Titanic didn't have the benefit of more recent discoveries based on examinations of the wreck, but it's a comprehensive and gripping rendition of the events of that night, based on the accounts available at the time. If there's a "True Disaster" genre, this is a classic of the type.
There have been many films about the Titanic, of course; this one, A Night to Remember from 1958, was based primarily on this book, and tries to be a faithful representation of the people and events. I first read the book ages ago, after seeing the 1953 film Titanic, which introduced a set of fictional characters to focus on against the backdrop of the actual characters and events. While I did rather enjoy the added drama, it made me curious about the facts, so I hunted up Lord's book. Since then, I've seen many other films and mini-series based on the sinking, some of them fairly successful, others embarrassing. The spectacular 1997 Titanic from James Cameron used the add-fictional-characters-to-focus-on technique, but while I did enjoy the wrapping story of the deep-sea hunters (and the wonderful Gloria Stuart as the aged Rose), I thought that way too much of the actual sinking was devoted to shots of the two young lovers racing through water-flooded corridors (again and again and again - we get it, the ship's sinking!).
Since the discovery of the ship herself, and the ensuing renewal of interest in the sinking, some of the theories about the causes have been revised, but I think that Lord's book holds up very well. And the illustrations in this edition enhance the tale; one picture caught my eye, and led me to the discovery that the 1914 Davis Cup was one by a team composed of two survivors of the Titanic!
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