Titanic: Voices from the Disaster - Deborah Hopkinson

Title: Titanic: Voices from the Disaster
Author: Deborah Hopkinson
Pages: 304
Published: 2012
Genre: Non-fiction, History, Young Adult
Challenges: None
Edition: Hardcover
Source: Public Library

Description:  Deborah Hopkinson weaves together the voices and stories of real TITANIC survivors and witnesses to the disaster -- from the stewardess Violet Jessop to Captain Arthur Rostron of the CARPATHIA, who came to the rescue of the sinking ship. Packed with heartstopping action, devastating drama, fascinating historical details, loads of archival photographs on almost every page, and quotes from primary sources. (via Goodreads.com)

Thoughts:  The book was well presented in that you got a real sense of what the ship was like from the view of a first-class, second-class, and third-class passenger. And they also included the viewpoints of the crew that survived that fateful night.  I wouldn't describe this book as being heartstopping myself, but if you didn't have a lot of knowledge about the disaster, you might.  I particuarly liked the fact that the author provided biographies of the survivors and that she provided plenty of source material after telling the story and also incorporating some of that material into the main story as well and it made it an  enjoyable read.  

Bottom line:  This is a good introductory book on the subject and is clearly intended for younger readers. It doesn't really seem to go into much depth, but with the number of personal stories that are imbedded throughout the book, it does make the story a bit more palatable to a more discerning reader and she also provides an extensive bibliography of material that one can read, if one does wish to read more on the topic.  I would probably recommend this book to those who are in middle school and those adults who have an interest in the disaster but have little or no knowledge on the disaster.  Its a good jumping off point to more extensive study on the subject, if one wants to go in that direction.

Rating:  3.725/5

Pages for 2013: 3619


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