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A Night To Remember MAG

By Anonymous

   A Night to Remember is about that fateful night when the "unsinkable" ship, known as the Titanic, hit an iceberg and sank.

This book follows the crew and passengers as they scramble and try to save themselves. It begins before the Titanic is hit, and ends as the California and the Carpathia pick up scattered survivors.

The book, however, focuses on each noise, footstep, and breath taken, giving many different and unnecessary points of view. Often the book seems to go on for pages and pages, all focusing on a single noise, each page telling what Mr. J and Mrs. X thought the rattle really was.

The story never seems to follow a certain character, either. Characters pop up left and right, followed, then abandoned, or focused on, then forgotten. This particular style leaves no room for any character development, since there, in effect, is no main character, rather a team of sub-characters who have little or no effect on the outcome.

The book is incredibly long, and could have been greatly shortened if the author didn't pay so much attention to the tiniest details. To put it bluntly: this book is boring. Due to the insurmountable attention to detail, I often found myself bored and unable to continue reading.

The theme of the book, however, is an important one. People no longer thought they had built the "perfect" machine, but rather found themself citing Murphy's Law, and trying to anticipate the problems of a situation, so a tragedy like the Titanic could be avoided in the future.

This was a terrible book. Character development is nil, and plot is shallow. This book seems to be a waste of time to read. .

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This article has 4 comments.

i love this !

Hello said...
on May. 23 2016 at 3:53 pm
I disagree, but your point is very valid. Details are very important and at times very intense. Most people that have passions for reading to enjoy the describing of every detail, lol.

on Jan. 12 2012 at 5:59 pm
I disagree. I was surprised that a non-fiction book would be so good!

cheerfreak9 said...
on Apr. 3 2011 at 11:50 pm
I agree 100% on your review. I myself had to read this boring book for history. I thought it would be good since Im very interested in the Titanic tragety, but no. It was soo boring and it went on forever. Good review!