Saturday, April 14, 2012
100 Years Later...
For those of you that don't really know me, I am a huge history buff. That started out as my major in university, but I switched to English and just had History as my minor. It still meant taking lots of history courses while there, though. I like many aspects of history, but one of my favourite time periods is the earlier part of the 20th century. Well, actually, probably up until the end of the Second World War. A lot of the non-fiction on my shelves is from this time period. I try and read lots of fiction from this time period (when I am actually reading historical fiction). I think I am drawn to the many changes that occurred during those years. There is just so much to talk about!
One of the events that occurred during this time period was the sinking of the Titanic. Even before the Blockbuster movie I was interested in the subject. I have a Titanic shelf which is mostly non-fiction books about the event, but I do have a few fiction reads. I have been a bit overwhelmed this year. The amount of books being released about, or based around, the Titanic is staggering. Thankfully my library has been buying some of them because I could never buy them all myself.
Just in the last little while I have read:
Halifax and Titanic by John Boileau
Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World by Hugh Brewster
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
The Last Days of the Titanic: Photographs and Mementos of the Tragic Maiden Voyage by Edward Eugene O'Donnell
Unsinkable (Titanic Trilogy, Book 1) by Gordon Korman
Collision Course (Titanic Trilogy, Book 2) by Gordon Korman
S.O.S. (Titanic Trilogy, Book 3) by Gordon Korman
I have a few more started, but I am having a quiet reading week. Then, there are many more to start...
This is all a lead-up to April 14. This is the last day the ship sailed. At just before midnight this evening it will strike an iceberg and sink to the bottom. It will not be seen again for 73 years. Then, Robert Ballard and his dive team will finally make their discovery. And, it all happened 100 years ago today.
The pictures are some that I have used on various posts on Historical Tapestry. We are just finishing up the first week and will be starting the second week. If you haven't stopped by, you should! (There is even a give-away.)
What are your favourite books about the Titanic? What are your impressions on the actual history? Have you seen the movie in 3D?