The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic
Title: The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic
Author: Allan Wolf
I read The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices From the Titanic, by Allan Wolf. April will mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. This novel tells the story from the perspective of 24 characters. The author brilliantly brings them all to life, and I enjoyed getting to know them. The characters’ stories intertwine beautifully, and include telegrams, letters, poetry, and undertaker’s notes. This book is very well researched, and includes a section at the end which separates fact from fiction. A great read for teens and adults. I absolutely loved it!
-Kris at Comstock Park
Arrogance and innocence, hubris and hope—twenty-four haunting voices of the Titanic tragedy, as well as the iceberg itself, are evoked in a stunning tour de force.
Millionaire John Jacob Astor hopes to bring home his pregnant teen bride with a minimum of media scandal. A beautiful Lebanese refugee, on her way to family in Florida, discovers the first stirrings of love. And an ancient iceberg glides south, anticipating its fateful encounter. The voices in this remarkable re-creation of the Titanic disaster span classes and stations, from Margaret (“the unsinkable Molly”) Brown to the captain who went down with his ship; from the lookout and wireless men to a young boy in search of dragons and a gambler in search of marks. Slipping in telegraphs, undertaker’s reports, and other records, poet Allan Wolf offers a breathtaking, intimate glimpse at the lives behind the tragedy, told with clear-eyed compassion and astounding emotional power.
Extensive back matter includes:
Morse code with messages to decipher
Bibliography, articles, periodicals, government documents, discography