[read online Pdf] Every Man for HimselfAuthor Beryl Bainbridge – Mariahilff.de

The sinking of the world s greatest luxury liner, the invincible and magnificent S S Titanic, has captured people s attention ever since that tragic April night in , whenpeople lost their lives And no one has better dramatized this memorable event than Beryl Bainbridge in Every Man for Himself


10 thoughts on “Every Man for Himself

  1. Hugh Hugh says:

    The story of the maiden voyage of the Titanic is a familiar one, but Bainbridge still managed an impressively fresh reimagination of the personal experiences of a rich young Anglo American who has been adopted by the family of J.P Morgan His journey is somewhat picaresque he spends most of the voyage scheming, drinking, gambling and chasing women, and any heroic qualities he has only emerge near the end view spoiler as he helps co ordinate the evacuation and contrives an unlikely Hollywood The story of the maiden voyage of the Titanic is a familiar one, but Bainbridge still managed an impressively fresh reimagination of the personal experiences of a rich young Anglo American who has been adopted by the family of J.P Morgan His journey is somewhat picaresque he spends most of the voyage scheming, drinking, gambling and chasing women, and any heroic qualities he has only emerge near the end view spoiler as he helps co ordinate the evacuation and contrives an unlikely Hollywood style escape that conveniently allows him to live to tell the tale hide spoiler.The story is largely a microcosm of the British class system, and the disaster prefigures its wider collapse into the Great War, as loss of face outweighs technical concerns and the comfort and social experience of the first class passengers is paramount The tone is less overtly comic than Bainbridge s early novels, but there are still plenty of funny momentsIncidentally, I was not impressed by the print quality in this Abacus paperback edition many of the pages suffered from a rather distracting column of slightly squashed characters down the middle, which suggests that there may have been a paper or printer fault somewhere This never made the book unreadable but was decidedly annoying


  2. Sara Sara says:

    There is something endlessly fascinating about the sinking of the Titanic Perhaps it is the idea that people were going about their business, enjoying their lives, until hours before they were suddenly swept away into oblivion Perhaps it is the number of blunders that contributed to this disaster and how easily most of them could have been avoided Perhaps it is the feeling you get that certain events are destined and nothing could prevent it happening, or the indiscriminate way some people su There is something endlessly fascinating about the sinking of the Titanic Perhaps it is the idea that people were going about their business, enjoying their lives, until hours before they were suddenly swept away into oblivion Perhaps it is the number of blunders that contributed to this disaster and how easily most of them could have been avoided Perhaps it is the feeling you get that certain events are destined and nothing could prevent it happening, or the indiscriminate way some people survived while others died Or perhaps just the unparalleled opportunity it gives us to glimpse man at his best and his worst, extremely courageous or abjectly cowardly, facing death with a bravery you cannot imagine, or scrambling to save only himself without regard for others at all Whatever the allure, I confess to being always willing to be drawn into another tale of the events of that cold April night In that regard, however, I do not find this to be one of the better told accounts I did not connect to Morgan, and certainly not to his rich and pompous friends, or find his behavior either before or during the disaster to be particularly enlightening The first half of the book plods, but the second half that deals with the sinking itself moves at a pace that takes your breath I feel that must have been how it seemed to those on board a slow and easy ride, right up until the moment it was excruciatingly over I enjoyed the book, but was not overly impressed, and I was astonished to know that it was short listed for the Booker If you want to read a tale about the Titanic, I highly recommend A Night to Remember To my own good fortune, this book was published in 1996, thus fulfilling a criteria for a challenge I have taken on for the summerso, everything is good


  3. Susan Susan says:

    This short, almost restrained, novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Whitbread Prize when published in 1996 It tells the story of Morgan, a relative of J.P Morgan, who feels, destined to be a participant rather than a spectator of singular events When a man dies in his arms shortly before he is to return to the States, he leaves his uncle s house almost secretly a stolen picture of his mother tucked away and gets the milk train to Southampton For the young man is surely This short, almost restrained, novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Whitbread Prize when published in 1996 It tells the story of Morgan, a relative of J.P Morgan, who feels, destined to be a participant rather than a spectator of singular events When a man dies in his arms shortly before he is to return to the States, he leaves his uncle s house almost secretly a stolen picture of his mother tucked away and gets the milk train to Southampton For the young man is surely about to participate in a major world event by boarding Titanic on her maiden voyage.Although we are soon aware that Morgan is not quite the same as his upper class friends, he fits seamlessly into first class His family background is slightly troubled, unknown, but then other passengers have their secrets too What is interesting about this novel is the way Bainbridge shows how all these people are almost trapped together a large, unhappy family They travel to the same places, went to the same schools, shared social lives and even mistresses The novel cleverly tells the story of life aboard, with all the little intrigues, love affairs and gossip The author uses many real life characters Lady Duff Gordon, Thomas Andrews, Bruce Ismay and Astor populate the pages, but as we know what is coming that overshadows everything that happens This really is a clever read, which recreates life on board and the pressure these young men were under when calamity happened to be brave and not get in a funk when to be a man was to feel shame at surviving


  4. GoldGato GoldGato says:

    This book puzzled me How can you screw up the Titanic story But it just did nothing for me, which seems to put my review in the minority Lots of bland talk, blah blah blah blah Yup, way to make the greatest maritime incident in history bee oar ingwith three syllables I had to smack myself awake.Book Season Winter maybe the cold will lead you to a gentle sleep


  5. Courtney Johnston Courtney Johnston says:

    I wonder if reading this book before Cameron s calculated tear jerker came out was evenaffecting than it was reading it afterwards Like re reading Pride Prejudice this days and trying to keep the text separate from the filmic palimpsest that s layered over top of it, reading Every Man for Himself without seeing Kate and Leonardo running about the place is almost impossible.The protagonist an un named young man closely but mysteriously attached to J Pierpont Morgan also reminded me I wonder if reading this book before Cameron s calculated tear jerker came out was evenaffecting than it was reading it afterwards Like re reading Pride Prejudice this days and trying to keep the text separate from the filmic palimpsest that s layered over top of it, reading Every Man for Himself without seeing Kate and Leonardo running about the place is almost impossible.The protagonist an un named young man closely but mysteriously attached to J Pierpont Morgan also reminded me hugely of the ill starred young people of Waugh s Vile Bodies He half sees and half understands the complex relationships he moves through as he negotiates the first class passengers, and observes those on lower decks His role is primarily to tell the stories of those around him, and over four short, feverish days he holds you gripped until the inevitable end.Next I m seeking out The Birthday Boys.


  6. Trelawn Trelawn says:

    Bainbridge is definitely becoming a favourite In this short novel she chronicles the fate of the passengers of the Titanic on their doomed voyage to New York She focuses mainly on the first class passengers some real, some fictional Bainbridge lays bare the secrets and relationships of the rich and privileged as they cross the ocean to return to wives or family or to embark on their career The tragedy of the Titanic remains in the background for much of the narrative with the characters bl Bainbridge is definitely becoming a favourite In this short novel she chronicles the fate of the passengers of the Titanic on their doomed voyage to New York She focuses mainly on the first class passengers some real, some fictional Bainbridge lays bare the secrets and relationships of the rich and privileged as they cross the ocean to return to wives or family or to embark on their career The tragedy of the Titanic remains in the background for much of the narrative with the characters blissfully unaware of what lies ahead If they were told they were about to make history they might assume it was for arriving in port ahead of time Many believed, for far too long, that the Titanic was indeed unsinkable and that all would be well Thus, when realisation dawned it was all thetragic It is a beautifully told story


  7. Mary Durrant Mary Durrant says:

    A very moving account of the privileged few aboard the doomed first and only voyage of Titanic, the unsinkable ship.Beautifully written, you could almost feel the chill in the air and see the stars above The last few pages have you drawn into the despair and for some that were still convinced the ship wouldn t sink and just carried on.Recommended even if one knows what happens.The writing is exquisite


  8. Bruce MacBain Bruce MacBain says:

    This is a fictionalized account of the sinking of the Titanic, originally published in 1996 and now reissued, as have been so many other books on the subject, to coincide with the centenary of the disaster Beryl Bainbridge was a distinguished writer and this book either won, or was a finalist for, a number of prestigious awards It is with some diffidence, then, that I confess that I didn t like it The book is nine tenths over before the ship hits the iceberg and I found myself increasingly im This is a fictionalized account of the sinking of the Titanic, originally published in 1996 and now reissued, as have been so many other books on the subject, to coincide with the centenary of the disaster Beryl Bainbridge was a distinguished writer and this book either won, or was a finalist for, a number of prestigious awards It is with some diffidence, then, that I confess that I didn t like it The book is nine tenths over before the ship hits the iceberg and I found myself increasingly impatient with the convoluted relationships of a cast of fictitious characters whom I could neither believe in nor care about despite the fact that they are all doomed but don t know it The first person narrator is a callow young American who is born and raised in poverty until it is discovered somehow that he is related to millionaire J P Morgan His fellow passengers include a caricatured Jewish tailor, an international man of mystery, an opera diva with a dark past, and a number of interchangeable bright young things How muchinteresting were the real passengers the Astors, Strauses, and Gugenheims who here only flit through the background And when the catastrophe does finally occur, the narrative is, to my ear anyway, surprisingly flat This is, in my humble opinion, a book to forget about the Night to Remember


  9. Priya Priya says:

    This is one of the most tightly written books I ve ever read With not one superfluous word, Bainbridge advances the story at an impressive pace and creates tension in a situation where we know the inevitable outcome.


  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I always think I like Beryl Bainbridge s writing Then I read one of her books and I find myself struggling to stay engaged and I wonder what is wrong with me because it can t be her She s Beryl Bainbridge and I m just me It must be me.I had moments of enjoyment but this was one of those books that once it was put down I had to do a little mental battle to pick it up again Perhaps it s not a good choice when you re on holiday and there is so much else going on that is fun and distracting