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The Lifeboat (2012)

af Charlotte Rogan

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Forced into an overcrowded lifeboat after a mysterious explosion on their trans-Atlantic ocean liner, newly widowed Grace Winter battles the elements and her fellow survivors and remembers her husband, Henry, who set his own safety aside to ensure Grace's.
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    Mirakelfloden af Ann Patchett (sturlington)
    sturlington: Both center on women characters, both about survival.
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This book wasn't bad.....but I didn't love it either. Much like the characters, I just wanted off the lifeboat!!! I thought it could have been set up better, especially the trial. All in all, just okay. ( )
  CASDonnelly218 | Feb 1, 2021 |
Well written and interesting character study of someone struggling to survive adrift at sea. Also an intimate look at group dynamics and how they change as life and death decisions become reality. Nothing that will change my outlook on life or stay with me for a long time, but a satisfying read. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
Put aside some time and make sure you won’t be disturbed when you pick this debut novel up. Yes, it’s that good, but not quite good enough to receive 5 thumbs from this reviewer, and I’ll explain why later in the review.

This book makes you think, and re-evaluate everything you think you would personally do when faced with a survival situation; will you become someone you don’t recognise or will you be able to stand firm in your moral and ethical beliefs? This novel was a page turner from the very first, it made me really think and wonder how I would react in this kind of dilemma, and do I know myself as well as I think I do.

Character development is so subtle in this book that it almost appears there is none at all. Given the changing nature of each of those featured within its pages, the Author does an outstanding job of making all them credible and believable. The reader learns a little of their background, and the events that brought them to the place the book is set in and, sometimes, this makes the course of action they choose to take just a little bit harder to understand. As I said it makes you question your own motives in certain circumstances, and certainly makes you gasp as you read the decisions these lifelike and 3 dimensional characters make. The only downside to the characters was actually the main protagonist; she is the narrator for the story, and an unreliable one at that. Whether this is a deliberate action on the part of the Author I’m not sure, but if it was I’m not convinced that this was the right way to bring the story across.

The story itself is very well written and carefully told. Not only does it have all the elements required of a captivating survival story, it is peppered with all the ingredients of a mystery novel; intrigue, lies, misdirection, motives and manipulation. This brings me to the reason I couldn’t give this novel a five thumbs rating – the ending. After all the ups and downs the Author takes the reader through in earlier pages, the ending came across as being rather flat and lacklustre in my opinion. I was expecting yet another twist, which led to a conclusion to the book that was just as unexpected as other incidents, but this was not the case and I felt cheated in some way about this.

I would highly recommend this book to lovers of all genres, as there is something in it for every reader.

Originally reviewed on: http://catesbooknuthut.com/2013/12/30/review-the-lifeboat-charlotte-rogan/


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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  TheAcorn | Nov 8, 2019 |
Odd book that would have me flying thru some pages and skipping others....
Not suggested. ( )
  linda.marsheells | Oct 25, 2019 |
Not a novel to be enjoyed as it begins with the sinking of the Empress Alexandra and follows the days and weeks of a group of survivors in an overloaded lifeboat. Exposing the worst of human nature. I didn't like the main protagonist Grace. The book culminates in a court case looking at the acts of three of the women on board the lifeboat.
I have read other books on this topic which have felt more authentic. ( )
  HelenBaker | Aug 31, 2019 |
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Rogan writes viscerally about the desperate condition of the castaway, of what it is like to be “surrounded on four sides by walls of black water” or to be so thirsty your tongue swells to the size of “a dried and hairless mouse.” But it’s her portrait of Grace, who is by turns astute, conniving, comic and affecting, that drives the book.
tilføjet af ozzer | RedigerNew York Times, SARAH TOWERS (May 4, 2012)
 
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Forced into an overcrowded lifeboat after a mysterious explosion on their trans-Atlantic ocean liner, newly widowed Grace Winter battles the elements and her fellow survivors and remembers her husband, Henry, who set his own safety aside to ensure Grace's.

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