This book was amazing and I see no reason not to give it 5 stars. I decided to read it because I'm always intrigued by anything Titanic, but I wasn't sure if I was going to like the poetry/verse. But I loved it! It was not difficult to read in any way, in fact I think it made the story stand out more. There were some very profound lines, knowing what's going to happen. My favorite from the book was probably this one from the perspective of the captian:
"I cannot imagine my career, uneventful as it is
ever inspiring poets to turn their attention to E.J. Smith.
What would they say?
It would not make for very good reading."
What the author said in his author's note is really true, each character's humanity and personality really came through. It's incredible to think that each character in this book was a real person, some survived, some didn't, but every person on Titanic had a story. While of course the author had to embellish some because not everything can be known, every "fiction" was based on history, and all of this is made clear in the character notes at the end. The audio book was also excellent in portraying this with different voices for each character.
Even if you are deterred by the poetry aspect, don't let it stop you from reading this! It was profound, emotional, and on top of that a really entertaining read!
The narration adds such depth to this beautiful story!!
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