Thursday, 16 April 2015

Dead Wake

Quotation of the day: Erik Larson ~ I'm very perverse. If someone tells me I have to read a book, I'm instantly disinclined to do so.

I've just finished reading Erik Larson's latest book, “Dead Wake – The Last Crossing of The Lusitania,” and it's the best thing i've read in a while. You have to read it. ;-)

In case you don't know the name, Mr Larson is an historian whose forté is taking different historical incidents and linking them together in ways that one might not otherwise have considered, although in this instance, the link is fairly obvious. The book combines, in a fairly even mix, the story of R.M.S. Lusitania and its final voyage, with a description of the German submarine program during World War I and of life aboard U-20, the submarine that sank her in 1915, causing the deaths of nearly 1200 souls. It's a fascinating and compelling tale, an un-put-downable book.

As i read the tales of life aboard ship, friendhsips made, parties held, the lives of the elegant first-class passengers, i felt the same way that i did when i saw the film World Trade Center. An overpowering sense of impending doom. Those poor people heading into their offices on September 11, those poor people on the boat enjoying their voyage, with no idea what lay ahead.


Steeleye Span -- Commoner's Crown
Van der Graaf Generator -- Pawn Hearts
Peter Hammill -- Skin
Brand X -- Unorthodox Behaviour
Steeleye Span -- Ten Man Mop, Or, Mr Reservoir BUtler Rides Again
Sky -- Sky 2
Marillion -- Anoraknophobia
Jon Anderson -- Olias Of Sunhillow
Colin James -- Bad Habits
Fairport Convention -- Myths And Heroes

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