Fascinating, Informative, Well-Written,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Titanic Valour: The Life Of Fifth Officer Harold Lowe (Taschenbuch)
Not for the first time, I start my review with the acknowledgement that I know the author. It was, in fact, through our interest in the Titanic and in particular in the officers of the Titanic that we met. Does this influence me? No doubt. Does it mean I should not write a review? I don't think so.
The man at the centre of this biography, Harold Lowe, is mostly famous for the fact that he was an officer on the ill-fated Titanic. He was the one man who commanded his boat to return to pick up survivors out of the water. It was this brief episode that has propelled him into the limelight at the time and ensures his place there, for example in James Cameron's immensely successful film.
However, as this biography shows, there is a lot more in Harold Lowe's life that makes fascinating reading. Naturally, the Titanic looms large in the book nonetheless, which not only is due to the fact that this period of his life is particularly well documented, but also satisfies the interests of the readers. As the author points out, Harold Lowe did not leave behind voluminous correspondence or diaries that would allow a more personal look at his life. But these are the limitations with which many a biographer is confronted. However, thanks to the author's meticulous research of the available records, and with the help from Harold Lowe's family, the biography nevertheless brings Lowe's career at sea and his life on shore to life. A number of fascinating photographs are also included in the book.
'Titanic Valour' is a well-written biography Harold Lowe and definitely worth reading (and not only for those who are interested in the Titanic).