- Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Cassell Military; Auflage: New edition (30. März 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0304354449
- ISBN-13: 978-0304354443
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,7 x 12,9 x 2,3 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 992.317 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Three Corvettes (Cassell Military History) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. März 2000
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This is how the war at sea really was By the author of The Cruel Sea Includes some of the most dramatic literature of the sea ever written Nicholas Monsarrat: one of the finest writers of his generation
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
See description above. After the war, Monsarrat's career as diplomat and novelist took every twist and turn in the book. He died of cancer in 1979 and was buried at sea from a destroyer, off Portsmouth.
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The three accounts, "HMS Corvette", "East Coast Corvette", and "Corvette Command", are arranged chronologically around Monsarratt's progression during 1940-1943 from newly-minted Sub-Lieutenant to battle-hardened Lieutenant in Command of a corvette. The collection constitutes an eye-witness account of the Allied convoys in the Battle of the North Atlantic, a story that Monsarratt would tell in thinly fictionized but more complete fashion in "The Cruel Sea", published well after the war.
The three accounts were published in piece-meal fashion during the Second World War, out of Monsarratt's fear that he might not survive the fighting. The accounts reflect wartime censorship with respect to names of ships, tactics, and exact times and places; they are not meant to be a precise history.
Monsarratt more than makes up for this lack of historical rigor by his keenly observant eye and equally keen understanding of human nature. "Three Corvettes" is a gripping story of very human sailors struggling to be professionals in a task that was by turns boring and terrifying, requiring the extraordinary endurance to function under harsh conditions of weather and sea and enemy attack.
This book is highly recommended to the casual reader seeking an exciting account of the Second World War at sea, and to the historian seeking a authentic taste of the experience of the convoys.
The enormous pleasure given by the book is due:
in part simply to the brilliance of the writing - the book is highly gripping whether or not at that moment there is anything "objectively" exciting involving the ship -
and in part because the author is extraordinarily funny, insightful, sensitive, warm and smart! What a terribly funny book this is - something I hadn't expected at all - and yet there is much tragedy and much that is simply fascinating.
The reader is truly there with the author on these corvettes - always the author has in mind, "What would the reader see, feel, smell, be moved by, if he were here with me right now on the deck of a corvette during the War?"
Reading the book makes me terribly sad that Monsarrat has died - I'd love to have met him, seen him in interviews -- his sensitivity and charm and absolutely brilliant humor are just so evident. What a wonderful man.
You'd love this book - I did.