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Transatlantic Literature? by Valarie on 10 January 2006 10:57pm
I have a friend taking the Queen Mary from New York to Southampton in April. He's interested in reading books (probably fiction) that feature transatlantic cruises in some way. Anyone know of any?
Re: Transatlantic Literature? by riderofthepurplesage on 10 January 2006 11:27pm
Hi Valerie

Probably best not to let him read anything to do with the Titanic!

Re: Transatlantic Literature? by tucsonmike on 11 January 2006 12:45am
Good point, Alan, except I am not sure the Titanic counts as "Transatlantic literature," because the Titanic didn't make it.

Re: Transatlantic Literature? by riderofthepurplesage on 11 January 2006 1:15am
Apparently the new edition dvd of the recent film has an "alternative ending"! So either Kate Winslett moves over and lets Leo DiCaprio get on the floating door giving the film a happy ending, or the ship makes it to the USA ok ..... Hollywood is stranger than fiction!
Re: Transatlantic Literature? by Wild in Africa on 11 January 2006 10:36am
Hey Rider, great user name but wasn't it 'New Riders of the purple sage' if I remember my 1970s Country-Rock bands correctly?
Strangely Sage Brush is the only thing I have found that I am allergic to. I was in Montana some years ago out fossicking for Indian arrow heads and got a really bad allergic reaction and the only thing I can attribute it to was the sage brush in the area.
Re: Transatlantic Literature? by sminobe on 11 January 2006 5:45pm
Oh drat. There's a book in our Bathroom Reading shelf about murder on a transatlantic crossing. I can't remember the author/title (it was supposed to be a *funny* book, tho'). John Dickson Carr, maybe?

There's also "Murder on the Atlantic" by Steverino (Steve Allen).

Look for a book adaptation of the movie "The Imposters" (with Stanley Tucci & Oliver Platt). Otherwise, get the DVD & take along a portable DVD player -- it's a wonderful film!

Just called hubby -- the JD Carr book is "The Blind Barber."
Re: Transatlantic Literature? by Holle on 14 January 2006 11:38pm
'The Swarm' by Frank Schaetzing would be suitable, it's gripping it's long and it's about something developing below the surface of the ocean. The novel is written as a fascinating mixture of scientific background and fiction similar to the style of Michael Crichton. It is a bestseller here in Germany but unfortunately it will not yet be available in English before May (UK) or June (US).




On the non-fiction side I recommend 'The Boat' by Lothar Buchheim, describing the life of a submarine crew in World War II. It's based on Buchheim's own expierences who was a war correspondent on a submarine. You will find no heros in this book, but you will feel and fear with the crew.



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