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Ship of Fools
Ship of Fools: A Novel | Katherine Anne Porter
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Katherine Anne Porters first and only novel is a masterful allegory of the passions and prejudices that sparked World War II August 1931. An ocean liner bound for Germany sets out from the Mexican port city of Veracruz. The ships first-class passengers include an idealistic young American painter and her lover; a Spanish dance troupe with a sideline in larceny; an elderly German couple and their fat, seasick bulldog; and a boisterous band of Cuban medical students. As the Vera journeys across the Atlantic, the incidents and intrigues of several dozen passengers and crew members come into razor-sharp focus. The result is a richly drawn portrait of the human condition in all its complexity and a mesmerizing snapshot of a world drifting toward disaster. Written over a span of twenty years and based on the diary Katherine Anne Porter kept during a similar ocean voyage, Ship of Fools was the bestselling novel of 1962 and the inspiration for an Academy Awardwinning film starring Vivien Leigh. It is a masterpiece of American literature as captivating today as when it was first published more than a half century ago. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Katherine Anne Porter, including rare photos from the University of Maryland Libraries.
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Lcsmcat
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He‘s NEVER in the #mood to have his orders or even his opinions, questioned! #quotsyfeb18 @TK-421

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Lcsmcat
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Almost everyone on the Vera could be considered a #nosyneighbor but I particularly thought of Mrs. Treadwell because she went unnoticed by so many and thus saw/heard things. #scenesfromabook @JoeStalksBeck

JoeStalksBeck Love!!! 2y
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schmia
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One of my favorite books that I read all year, and also one of the hardest to read. Reading it's like listening to your Trump voting relatives, except instead the characters are Germans in the 1930s. I would take this novel as a depiction of humanity's capacity to rationalize evil over any dystopian novel I've ever read. #litsyatoz

Lcsmcat Exactly! I felt the same way! 2y
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GhostStories
Ship of Fools: A Novel | Katherine Anne Porter
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Started to reread this dark, wonderful novel yesterday. It simmers with barely suppressed violence!

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GhostStories
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Ready for my birthday cruise with these boat-based reads. ❤️🚢📖

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Lcsmcat
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Starting as disjointed stories of individuals, and ending almost the same way, the novel slow.y builds as the passengers first develop relationships with each other, then become disillusioned, then leave the ship with vaguely positive feelings, and vague misgivings about their own and others‘ behavior. An excellent character study, and a mirror to our baser prejudices.

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Lcsmcat
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Today‘s #misogynyminute brought to you by the Captain of the Ship of Fools.

CarolynM Grrrrr! 2y
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Lcsmcat
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Starting this one today. So far I like it. 😀 🚢

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schmia
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jdtchicago
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Could she fall so low? No, there were limits, and she believed she still knew where some of them were.

Beetle You're on a quote roll! 3y
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