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Whose personal story resonated the most with you?

Created: 03/20/16

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Posted Mar. 20, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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Whose personal story resonated the most with you?

Erik Larson deftly weaves accounts of glamorous first-class passengers such as Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt with compelling images of middle-class families and of the ship's crew. Whose personal story resonated the most with you?


Posted Mar. 21, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Maggie

Join Date: 01/01/16

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RE: Whose personal story resonated the most with you?

I liked Theodate Pope. A short woman with blond hair, a blunt chin and vivid blue eyes. She was independent and did not want the life of high society which certainly could have been hers. She was one of the first feminists. She was friends with William and Henry James and Mary Cassatt. She was an architect, amazing for a woman. Also was interested in the paranormal phenomena. She was an interesting woman.


Posted Mar. 23, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dianec

Join Date: 03/15/12

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RE: Whose personal story resonated the most with you?

Oddly, I felt an empathy with Schwieger, who was described at one point as "the soul of kindness toward the officers and men under him." He celebrated Christmas. In his heart, I believe, he was kind but committed to his duty.


Posted Mar. 24, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
juliaa

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RE: Whose personal story resonated the most with you?

I found Theodore Pope the most interesting, for all the reasons Maggie mention. But the character I would most like to have known is Charles Lauriat. I would love to have spent hours in his bookstore.


Posted Mar. 25, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
virginiap

Join Date: 03/01/12

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RE: Whose personal story resonated the most with you?

While learning about the different passengers on the ship was intriguing, the story that resonated the most with me was that of Edith and Woodrow Wilson. To learn something of their courtship and personal lives was telling me something I knew nothing about.


Posted Mar. 28, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dorianbc

Join Date: 04/25/11

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RE: Whose personal story resonated the most with you?

The best part of this book to me was the personal stories that Larson creates to humanize this event. It helped me to "feel" the sinking more when many of the characters died in the sinking. The character who resonated the most with me was Charles Lauriat and of course his dedication and love for books!


Posted Mar. 29, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Sooz

Join Date: 07/29/14

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RE: Whose personal story resonated the most with you?

With so many to choose from, this is a difficult question to answer. I, too, was fascinated by the Woodrow Wilson/Edith Galt romance and subsequent marriage. But then I would also have to agree that Lauriat and Theodate Pope were quite interesting characters that I enjoyed reading about. Capt. Turner's personality was an important key to the overall story and I'm glad he was absolved of all blame for the sinking of the ship.


Posted Mar. 31, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
katherinep

Join Date: 07/16/14

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RE: Whose personal story resonated the most with you?

None of them in this book but the children and young teens were so innocent and it broke my heart to " see " some of them after the sinking--such as the child sharing the coffin with its mother in Queenstown


Posted Apr. 20, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
booksnob

Join Date: 11/12/11

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RE: Whose personal story resonated the most with you?

I really liked learning the stories of each of the captains and Wilson. I like that Larson layers the book with alternating each of their stories.


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