Wednesday, December 4, 2013


The story of the tragedy that befell the unsinkable ship is one that all of us are quite familiar with. Time and again, the Titanic has been immortalized in art, literature and ofcourse, cinema, with the fictional Jack and Rose being perhaps the biggest icons of Titanic’s influence on popular culture. However, if you are really interested in why this massive human architectural marvel did fail, then A Night To Remember, written by acclaimed historian and journalist Sir Walter Lord , back in 1955, is the perfect book for you.

It is rightly considered to be the most well researched book about the horrific event that shook the world. Lord’s deep knowledge and attention to detail is quite perceptible. He has gone to great lengths, conducting numerous interviews of survivors in order to pen a piece that is a must read for both titanic buffs as well as the average reader looking for a good read. The description of each and every aspect of the disaster, especially the few hours following it are quite remarkable and is hard to believe on reading that one wasn't actually there , witnessing it all, so beautiful is the commentary. Simple language, easy to read, yet this book has a flow that won't let you put it down easily, as you struggle to see whether X survives or Y dies. The vast cast of characters in the book would have made it confusing in a lesser skilled penman than Lord, but he manages to weave them together and present a beautifully weaved tale of loss and suffering. Non-fiction books are often viewed as “boring”.

A Night To Remember is an example that that is absolutely false. You might believe that you have heard or read everything there is about the Titanic, but until you have read this book, considered to the masterpiece of Titanic related literature, you haven’t seen anything at all. Interestingly, the book also serves as a standard against which all future books and movies have been compared, including James Cameron’s blockbuster. This book is pure fact , and no fiction, and yet manages to tell a story in a fashion which is really intriguing.

Harshit Sahay