(epub Pdf) The Wreck of the Medusa The Most Famous Sea Disaster of the Nineteenth Century BY Jonathan Miles

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When rescue arrived thirteen days later only fifteen were alive Meanwhile those in the boats who made it to shore undertook a dangerous two hundred mile slog through the desert Among the handful of survivors from the raft were two men whose written account of the fiasco became a bestseller that rocked France’s political foundations and provided graphic fodder for Géricault’s world famous paintin. It was an interested read and well written However I only managed to get 23rds of the way through it because after the wreck business is over the book turns to the effects of the wreck on the politics of France etc just not interesting to me The Abduction The Sa Tskir Brothers Chronicles just not interesting to me

REVIEW The Wreck of the Medusa The Most Famous Sea Disaster of the Nineteenth Century

The Wreck of the Medusa The Most Famous Sea Disaster of the Nineteenth Century

Ring telltale signs of shallow waters plowed the ship into a famously treacherous sandbar A privileged few claimed the lifeboats while 146 men and one woman were herded aboard a makeshift raft and set adrift Without a compass or many provisions hit by a vicious storm the first night and exposed to sweltering heat during the following days the group set upon each other mayhem mutiny and murder ensued. I would agree with some of the other reviews The story of the raft is engaging entertaining and brings up deep issues of man s inhumanity to man The story of the artist is interesting in that like many other talented artists he has deep psychological dysfunction Unfortunately too much time is spent on the artist life and the lives of individuals in post Bonaparte France

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The Wreck of the Medusa is a spellbinding account of the most famous shipwreck before the Titanic a tragedy that riled a nation and inspired Théodore Géricault’s magnificent painting The Raft of the Medusa In June 1816 the flagship of a French expedition to repossess a colony in Senegal from the British set sail She never arrived at her destination; her incompetent captain Hugo de Chaumareys igno. The shipwreck story is fascinating and the refresher in French history post revolution is good but the writing of the book feels overblown and it spends too much time in my mind on the painting and its artist The story of the wreck itself is brutal and engaging I didn t need the florid language the screaming sun a world beyond the bloodstained borders of their raft etc but then it felt pretty much dropped for the bulk of the book as we followed one survivor s political agitations and the process of the artist painting the canvas to commemorate the event


10 thoughts on “The Wreck of the Medusa The Most Famous Sea Disaster of the Nineteenth Century

  1. says:

    The shipwreck story is fascinating and the refresher in French history post revolution is good but the writing of the book feels overblown and it spends too much time in my mind on the painting and its artist The story of the wreck itself is brutal and engaging I didn't need the florid language the screaming sun a world b

  2. says:

    While I wasn't always crazy about this author's turn of phrase it often felt heavy handed to me I must give him credit for keeping his narrative threads pithy I appreciated that he really kept things moving along which mu

  3. says:

    A haunting horrific tale of corruption and selfish ambition that lead to one of the most notorious sea disasters of the 19th century best described by author himself as an avoidable catastrophein which the villains are obvious heroes are few and the chroniclers are not altogether to be trustedIt is also a fascinating blen

  4. says:

    2009 reviewWell it took me a while to read this book it was academic than most fun reads Non fiction about a ship voyage that was led by a captain the French Monarchy had appointed because of his merit or as a political favor and not because he was actually ualified at all He ran the ship into shallow water the rich and c

  5. says:

    This is one messed up story The fate of these people will disgust you The whole captain goes down with the ship routine is completely disregarded and a lot of innocent people perish because of a fool having control of their fate This a book about stupidity and cowardly actions A complete disregard for others welfare It

  6. says:

    I would agree with some of the other reviews The story of the raft is engaging entertaining and brings up deep issues of man’s inhumanity to man The story of the artist is interesting in that like many other talented artists he has deep psych

  7. says:

    It was an interested read and well written However I only managed to get 23rds of the way through it because after the wreck business is over the book turns to the effects of the wreck on the politics of France etc just not interesting to me

  8. says:

    The Wreck of The MedusaIf only the author had read a book I recently devoured about the General Slocum Steamboat Disaster by Edward T O’Donnell because I feel that this book would have benefitted from a similar styleThe only thing I enjoyed about this book was learning about what had happened on the raft and in the deser

  9. says:

    Miles weaves together the stories of the shipwreck of the Medusa and the painting of The Raft OF The Medusa the masterpiece it inspired He relates the incompetence and criminal decisions that led to the wreck and to the substantial loss of life that followed and the tribulations faced by the survivors in reaching their

  10. says:

    They style of writing was not for someone expecting a detailed story of the events of the Medusa The book is written as what feels as numerous ministories in attempts to make a deep web of interconnection to show the larger

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