I am a reader, I feel like I always have been. I am constantly surrounded by books in both my personal and professional worlds.
I have read excessively since the second grade. I have attempted, again and again, to keep a list of the books I've read and how I felt about them but so far have been unsuccessful. This is an attempt to keep track of the books I'm reading, and my thoughts about them. My goal is to publish at least one review a week (no promises though). Wish me luck!
I was really into this book upon the initial reading of
it. I had no idea that someone had kept a detailed journal of
their voyage aboard the Titanic and that the journal had survived! So imagine my disappointment when I found out
that the account was fictionalized despite the author’s note explaining that is
was taped to a man that was rescued but did not survive. I felt a little betrayed. Even worse, I looked at it from the
perspective of children reading this. I
am willing to bet to that most of them are not going to spend their time
reading the final author’s note at the end of the book and because this book
was classified as non-fiction…well, let’s just say that there are going to be
many history reports with false information.
Aside from this flaw, I really enjoyed this book. It had been awhile since I had come across a
new Titanic book and I enjoyed the
lists of items that were aboard the famous ship (number of sheets, and types of
food for example). It was clear that
Denenberg did his research and does present the information in a unique format
I just would have preferred to be informed up front what parts of the book were
fictionalized and which parts were not. Overall,
this is a great book for this interested in the Titanic but young readers should have a clear explanation of the differences between fact and fiction before reading it.