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Every Man for Himself: A Novel [of the Titanic Disaster], Bainbridge, Beryl

Author    Bainbridge, Beryl

Title   Every Man for Himself: A Novel [of the Titanic Disaster]

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   Near Fine

Jacket Condition   Near Fine

Edition   First Edition

Publisher    Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc. 1996

Seller ID   1849788

First edition. 1996 Hard Cover. We have more books available by this author!. 224 pp. Bainbridge, whose The Birthday Boys was an unforgettable rendition of Scott's fatal Antarctic expedition, has turned to another Edwardian tragedy for her new novel: the sinking of the Titanic. As Bainbridge admirers might expect, it is not the kind of version that would make a spectacular movie; rather, it is a meticulously observed account that almost offhandedly convinces the reader that this is exactly what it must have been like aboard the doomed liner. The story is told by a wealthy young American man-about-town, an adopted nephew of J. Pierpont Morgan, who in search of something to do has had a slight hand in the ship's design (the specifications of bathtubs). Once aboard, he drinks too much with his layabout friends; sees people like the Astors and Strauses; becomes infatuated with a girl who in turn falls for a mysterious and cynical stranger; and gets to know a young Jewish dress designer who is hoping to become a hit in New York. In a few deft strokes Bainbridge shows the gulf between the steerage passengers and the nobs while communicating the alternating servility and resentment of the crew. The book is nearly over before disaster strikes, but once again, the unnerving details seem just right: the careless self-confidence at the beginning, the gallantry quickly eroding to panic. Bainbridge's swift, economical novels tell us more about an era and the ways in which its people inhabit it than volumes of social history. --Publisher's Weekly

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