Anyone who has even a passing familiarity with Savidge Reads or The Readers knows that he doesn’t like novels that take place on ships. I don’t quite understand his aversion. Although I am prone to motion sickness and wouldn’t necessarily be drawn to a book that takes place on a little sail boat, I do love ships and have read some really good books that take place on them.
There is no part of me that thinks that I will change Simon’s mind, but I hope I can convince him to give Katherine Anne Porter and her amazing novel Ship of Fools a chance. Of course I am also aware that he has so many books on his TBR pile that convincing him to read anything is unlikely. But hey, a boy can dream.
Although I do not e-read, I do love that Open Road Media continue to focus on amazing neglected fiction by reissuing both e-books and actual printed books. (Barbara Pym!) One of their latest e-book reissues is Ship of Fools.
Pre-World War II, a German passenger vessel making its way from Veracruz to Germany. A really interesting story about the disparate lives of the first class and mostly anti-Semitic passengers, the way they mix and the way they don’t mix. It was one of my favorite reads in 2009 and one of the Modern Library’s Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century.