The Watch That Ends the Night

The Watch That Ends the Night

Voices From the Titanic

Book - 2011
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Recreates the 1912 sinking of the Titanic as observed by millionaire John Jacob Astor, a beautiful young Lebanese refugee finding first love, "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, Captain E.J. Smith, and others including the iceberg itself.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763637033
0763637033
Branch Call Number: y WOLF 2011
Characteristics: 466 p. ; 24 cm

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ryner
Nov 05, 2014

In The Watch That Ends the Night, Allan Wolf selects twenty-five voices of individuals affected by the sinking of the Titanic, which at the time of its disastrous maiden voyage in 1912 was the largest moving object on the planet ever created by man. Some of the characters, such as Margaret Brown and John Jacob Astor, are well known; others, including immigrants, a violinist and the ship's wireless man, less so; and still others, namely the ship's rat and, yes, the iceberg, aren't even human. Nevertheless, they all have a story to tell. After plucking it off a shelf in the library, I held this book reverently and cautiously in my hands before cracking it open. There was a feeling that this was something special, and I was hesitant to begin lest I find myself unable to appreciate it properly. It was breathtaking and thrilling in the way only tragic, historical fiction viewed through the lenses of the future can be. Although I knew full well what the outcome would be, I still yearned for something to happen differently, for someone to take an alternative action that would somehow affect the eventual, deadly conclusion. Despite its width the book is a fairly quick read, owing partly to being written in poetic form. Although occasionally lyrical, this chosen style was awkward in places and I didn't find that it necessarily enhanced the story, so as a reader I simply read through as though it were prose. By far, the book's greatest triumph is in giving names, personalities and histories to the men and women who are more often than not relegated to being merely hash marks in columns of who lived and who perished. As a bonus, true and fascinating biographies of each of the voices are included in an appendix.

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ohiostatefan
Jan 18, 2014

Although a novel, this creative imagining of those onboard The Titanic is one of the best books on the subject this "Titaniac" has ever read.

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noora10
May 11, 2013

I absolutely love this book. It's my new favorite. Do I need to say more?

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SilverSparrow
Mar 09, 2012

It's *amazing*.
It tells the story of the Titanic through the voice of two dozen characters, including the ice berg and a ship rat. 24 seems like a lot and it is- but a couple are only in it once. ;).
One of the coolest things of it is... it's poetry. All of it. Some of it reads like poetry (in a really really cool way) and some if it reads like prose. Honestly, I hate reading poetry, but if all poetry was like this, I'd only read that! There are some really amazing portions in here... so well done.
One of the amazing things is that all the people in this are real. And much of it is very accurate.
Either way, this thing is soo good! Absolutely a must read. ;)
And if you're afraid that it will be too depressing and sad, don't shy from this book. Yes, it is very sad, but Allan Wolf writes it brilliantly, making the end hopeful and happy- it's very bittersweet.

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Serener_11
Jan 17, 2012

I gave this book 3 stars strictly from a personal opinion point of view. Did I like all the different points of view? Yes. Did I like the history part of it? Yes. Did I enjoy that the whole book was written in a poetry format? No! I prefer an actual story format and not a poetry one. But regardless of my personal likes and dislikes, I can't deny that the book holds lots of interesting information from many points of view.

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sportsbookspce
Dec 28, 2011

Anybody who loves history, or doesn't should read this book. Though it is long, it is amazing! This story is told by many different people, from the builder of Titanic, to a small boy, to the Captain. It ranges from people in third class, to second class, to first, and to the crew. It starts from when Titanic was being built to after it sinks. I loved how they had the undertaker's reports in the story. I absolutly LOVED this book. I recommend this to anyone and everyone.

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kalio
Dec 23, 2011

Everyone knows how the story ends?with a lost ship and a few boatloads of survivors in the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean. But the stories of the people on the Titanic continue to fascinate and resonate. Author Allen Wolf tells two dozen of those stories in The Watch That Ends the Night, a novel-in-verse featuring the voices of millionaire John Jacob Astor, wireless operator Harold Bride, immigrant Olaus Abelseth, third-class refugee Jamila, the woman who became known as ?Unsinkable Molly Brown,? the ship?s baker, the violinist, an onboard rat, and many others?including the iceberg itself. Wolf mixes fact and fiction for a work that is epic in scope, from the musings of doomed Captain Smith to the babblings of near-infant Lolo Navratil. Cementing the story is the occasional report from undertaker John Snow, who helps to harvest the bodies from the sea days after the disaster. Though mournful at times, The Watch That Ends the Night has its fair share of brave deeds and meaningful connections. With over thirty pages of biographies and resources, this is an impressive work that adds a crucial human touch to the facts and statistics that make up the Titanic?s remarkable history.

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May 11, 2013

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noora10
May 11, 2013

"I am the ice.. Since then I've traveled southward many weeks, for now that my emergence is complete, there is a certain ship I long to meet."

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