The Watch That Ends the Night

Voices From the Titanic
Wolf, Allan (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Watch That Ends the Night

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Recreates the 1912 sinking of the Titanic as observed by millionaire John Jacob Astor, a beautiful young Lebanese refugee finding first love, "Unsinkable" Molly Brown, Captain Smith, and others including the iceberg itself.
Authors: Wolf, Allan
Statement of Responsibility: Allan Wolf
Title: The watch that ends the night
voices from the Titanic
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. :, Candlewick Press,, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 466 p. ; 24 cm.
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Report This Jan 18, 2014
  • ohiostatefan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Although a novel, this creative imagining of those onboard The Titanic is one of the best books on the subject this "Titaniac" has ever read.

Report This May 11, 2013
  • maroon_falcon_3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely love this book. It's my new favorite. Do I need to say more?

Report This Jun 10, 2012
  • sakura27 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

In The Watch That Ends at Night, 25 voices of the Titanic, the seemingly "unsinkable" ship, are shared. Wolf expresses these voices in poetic form, which is rather apropos for such a tragic and dramatic event in history. These 25 voices include a rich set of characters- a scandalous millionaire who seeks a better future with a wife half his age, a gambler who can con, charm, and smile his way to riches; a girl who seeks escape from religious persecution, and even the heartless iceberg that sunk the Titanic itself. My personal favorites include the ship rat, whose dialogue hints at a Shel Silverstein. The rat's driven relationship with the stubborn baker brings comic relief even at the most devastating moments. The children also are a highlight of this novel, whose imagination in dragon hunting and innocence brings even more light to the issues with their parents and family. As Wolf mentioned in the end of the novel, his "aim was to present humanity". As the events for each character lead up to the historical moment, we see the social issues, emotions, and perspective of these people that were brought together. Each one has a different background, beliefs, and a reason to be on that ship. I give props for Wolf and his patience for research- for each character truly existed upon the Titanic. Yet despite these creatively developed characters, the extremely passionate roles can often become over sentimental to the point of straying off its original path. There were also several parts that I thought were unnecessary, such as flat characters that provided an already predictable depiction of life on the Titanic. However, nonetheless, The Watch That Ends the Night has its moments. The book is arguably lengthy for what I thought could have been shortened, but it provides a still refreshing perspective of 25 lives on the Titanic.

Report This Mar 09, 2012
  • SilverSparrow rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's *amazing*. It tells the story of the Titanic through the voice of two dozen characters, including the ice berg and a ship rat. 24 seems like a lot and it is- but a couple are only in it once. ;). One of the coolest things of it is... it's poetry. All of it. Some of it reads like poetry (in a really really cool way) and some if it reads like prose. Honestly, I hate reading poetry, but if all poetry was like this, I'd only read that! There are some really amazing portions in here... so well done. One of the amazing things is that all the people in this are real. And much of it is very accurate. Either way, this thing is soo good! Absolutely a must read. ;) And if you're afraid that it will be too depressing and sad, don't shy from this book. Yes, it is very sad, but Allan Wolf writes it brilliantly, making the end hopeful and happy- it's very bittersweet.

Report This Jan 17, 2012
  • Serener_11 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I gave this book 3 stars strictly from a personal opinion point of view. Did I like all the different points of view? Yes. Did I like the history part of it? Yes. Did I enjoy that the whole book was written in a poetry format? No! I prefer an actual story format and not a poetry one. But regardless of my personal likes and dislikes, I can't deny that the book holds lots of interesting information from many points of view.

Report This Dec 28, 2011
  • sportsbookspce rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Anybody who loves history, or doesn't should read this book. Though it is long, it is amazing! This story is told by many different people, from the builder of Titanic, to a small boy, to the Captain. It ranges from people in third class, to second class, to first, and to the crew. It starts from when Titanic was being built to after it sinks. I loved how they had the undertaker's reports in the story. I absolutly LOVED this book. I recommend this to anyone and everyone.


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Report This May 11, 2013
  • maroon_falcon_3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I am the ice.. Since then I've traveled southward many weeks, for now that my emergence is complete, there is a certain ship I long to meet."


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