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
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.

Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780763637033
Branch Call Number: FIC W
Characteristics: 466 p. ; 24 cm.


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This work of historical fiction recreates the 1912 sinking of the Titanic from different perspectives as observed by passengers of varying class and situation.

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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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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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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