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The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf

10814693The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic
Allan Wolf
2011 Candlewick Press
ISBN – 9780763637033
Genre – Historical Fiction, Novel in Verse
Age – High School
5 Stars

 

As The Titanic prepares to set out to sea on its maiden voyage, several different passengers, crew members, and other acting agents speak out from their unique points of view. The captain, the baker, first class passengers, third class passengers, and even the iceberg among many others tell the story of The Titanic from her departure from land to her nighttime disaster.

OK, so we all know the story of The Titanic, but not like this. Somehow the book succeeds in being dramatic and suspenseful, despite this fact. I am pretty picky about the poetry I like, and have honestly never really enjoyed novels in verse, however, this one is incredible. It reads much like a story in quotes. It is written eloquently, but not in your stereotypical poetic manner, which works for me. It takes quite a bit of talent to put together  viewpoints like this in an order that tells a story in a way that makes sense. The many different characters really help to gain a well-rounded understanding of the voyage of The Titanic. There just really isn’t enough I can say about this book. Truly Excellent!

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