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The Lifeboat

A Novel
Rogan, Charlotte (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Rogan, Charlotte
Title: The lifeboat
a novel
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Notes: "A Reagan Arthur book."
Summary: 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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CM (04/12)
ISBN: 0316185906
9780316185905
Branch Call Number: F Rog
Statement of Responsibility: Charlotte Rogan
Subject Headings: Psychological fiction Ocean liners Fiction Young women Fiction Shipwreck survival Fiction
Topical Term: Psychological fiction
Ocean liners
Young women
Shipwreck survival
LCCN: 2011032492
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Aug 20, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

You don't realise how much you've probably been misled until the final third or so of the book. Grace Winters, 22 year old survivor of a ship sinking and three weeks on an overcrowded lifeboat, is in jail for murder. The book takes the form of her diary of recollections, which is is submitting to her lawyer, and a few choice flashbacks to her life before her trip with her brand new husband.

If you put a bunch of people in a cramped space in a life threatening situation, you start to see what people are made of. Or rather not see since Grace's version of events may be entirely fabricated. You'll never know and I'm not sure you want to.

Jul 14, 2014
  • occy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Definitely found this novel compelling & couldn't put it down. It's written in a very simple and believable manner. Really enjoyed it.

Mar 18, 2014
  • runfastread rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Survival of the fittest....makes you wonder what you would do if you found yourself in a situation like this....what responsibilities do we have to each other? Would anyone be blameless when it's a matter of life and death? Lots to think about when you put this novel down!!

Feb 17, 2014
  • emerald2pac rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Takes you on an adventure into the human mind that you won't soon forget. Makes you question morals and beliefs and what you would truly do to survive.

Nov 02, 2013
  • AmandaVollmershausen rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I found that there were a lot of elements in this novel that were presented but not explored to their greatest potential because of other, less important plot elements. For example, the setting of the book during world war 1 was frankly irrelevant to the plot, since they were apart from society either way, and it had nothing to do with the trial. I also felt this way about the theme of gender equality brought up several times: mentioned, but not explored. In addition, the murder that take precedent at the conclusion was not emphasized as significantly weightier than the other deaths on the boat. Definitely an interesting and enjoyable read, but not a brilliant literary feat.

Aug 28, 2013
  • bwortman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I’m still not sure how I feel about this book. The main narrative itself is riveting in the way that most survival narratives are. Having a sense of where the narrative is going from beginning provides a slow sense of dread as Grace describes the days she spent in the lifeboat. But although she is the narrator of the novel and as a reader I experienced the entire story from her perspective, I never truly developed a sense of who Grace was. Is she as wilting and needy as she projects and often describes herself as or is she the strong woman who survives the deprivations of being stranded at sea while other characters die around her. In the end, I’m not sure Grace herself knows. An intriguing read but not one that rocked my world (or my boat).

Aug 22, 2013
  • chanlynn rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I only finished the book because I thought perhaps something interesting might happen, it didn't. I wasn't very interesed in the characters.

Aug 11, 2013
  • rockylynn rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A tale of survival that takes you on an emotional roller-coaster ride. The reader can't help thinking "what if that happened to me, how would I react, would I survive?" A fast, easy read, but one that leaves you thinking about your own psyche.

Soo boring! I was waiting for something more and it never came! I will never get that time back!!!

Jun 26, 2013
  • Sneakers47 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Although the concept was interesting I found that the booked dragged in the middle.

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"When I was a law student I used to enjoy reading those gruesome Victorian shipwreck cases in which survivors are tried for murder after eating the cabin boy. I thought there was a novel in them, and Charlotte Rogan has (more or less) fished it out. "The Lifeboat" deals with an Atlantic shipwreck in 1914, and the narrative is in the hands of the unscrupulous Grace, who survives, but finds herself forced to explain how she has done it. It is an accomplished and smart first novel, which plays with narrative and moral ambiguity to gripping effect."
Hilary Mantel, "Globe Books", The Globe & Mail, Saturday, December 29, 2012.

Jun 08, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Several American and British civilians are stuck in a lifeboat in the North Atlantic after their ship and a U-boat sink each other in combat. Willi (Slezak), a German survivor, is pulled aboard and denies being an enemy officer. During an animated debate, Kovac (Hodiak) demands the German be thrown out and allowed to drown. However, cooler heads prevail, with Garrett (Cronyn) and columnist Connie Porter (Bankhead) asserting the German's prisoner of war status, and he is allowed to stay.
One passenger, an infant, dies almost immediately after boarding. His mother is a young English woman (Angel), who, after being treated by a nurse (Anderson), must be tied down to stop her from hurting herself. The woman sneaks off the boat while the other passengers sleep, drowning herself in the night.

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Jun 08, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Where there is love there is life.”

Jun 08, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“People aren't either wicked or noble. They're like chef's salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict.”

Jun 08, 2012
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“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”

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“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”

Jun 08, 2012
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“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”

Jun 08, 2012
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“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”

Jun 08, 2012
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“But better to be hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”

Jun 08, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”

Jun 08, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”

Jun 08, 2012
  • SAPPHIREBEAR15 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”

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