Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Not Quite 101

101 Things You Thought You Knew About the Titanic......But Didn't by Tim Maltin and Eloise Aston


I've been reading a lot of Titanic books this year due to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of that great ship so the title of this one really intrigued me.  Can there really be 101 things still unpublished, 101 things I still not might know?  Turns out, there can.  Well, close to 101 if not that exact number!

Keep in mind I am in no way a Titanic scholar but just a casual reader.  Even so , many of the myths in this book were well-known to me.  A serious Titanic-phile would probably know most of the content but for a casual trivia reader, there is enough to keep and capture your interest.  Many parts of the book were fascinating, casting new insight into the actual sinking.

The format of the book was interesting as well:  a common myth is shared and then the truth is revealed, with accompanying data to verify the authors' statements.  A lot of the data comes from first person accounts and reports and  this adds a unique perspective to the read.  If you like narrative stories, stay clear of this one.  This is strictly for trivia-lovers.

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