The story takes place in the summer of 1931, on board a cruise ship bound for Bremerhaven, Germany. The passenger list is long and portentous, and includes a Spanish noblewoman, a drunken German lawyer, an American divorcee, a pair of Mexican Catholic priests, and a host of others. This ship of fools is a crucible of intense experience, out of ...Read MoreThe story takes place in the summer of 1931, on board a cruise ship bound for Bremerhaven, Germany. The passenger list is long and portentous, and includes a Spanish noblewoman, a drunken German lawyer, an American divorcee, a pair of Mexican Catholic priests, and a host of others. This ship of fools is a crucible of intense experience, out of which everyone emerges forever changed. Rich in incident, passion, and treachery, the novel explores themes of nationalism, cultural and ethnic pride, and basic human frailty that are as relevant now as they were when the novel first appeared in 1962.Read Less
Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Reader copy. Signet First Mass Market Paperback Edition-Movie Trailer Edition-1963. Author: Katherine Anne Porter. The outer cover has light shelf wear, the spine is tight and stiff, the top red-dyed edge is soiled, the side and bottom red-dyed edges are clean. The text has light toning but is clean and unmarked. -We welcome and respond promptly to customer inquiries about the books we offer for sale. We grade conservatively, package securely and ship immediately. Excellent customer service. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Very Good. Fast shipping with a tracking #. Ships from the US. International shipping may take longer due to customs.; 7.10 X 4.20 X 1 inches; 476 pages; Slight edge shelf wear no writing is a good clean copy.
First Ed thus, so stated. Very Good+ in Wraps: shows just a touch of wear to extremities; mild rubbing; faint crease near lower front corner and along front hinge; there are also creases at backstrip, but these appear to have occured in production, not due to reading; pages have tanned somewhat, with age; binding shows barely discernible spine lean, and is ever-so-slightly concave, but remains perfectly secure; text clean. Remains close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder. NOT a Book-Club. NOT Ex-Library. 12mo. 476pp. Mass Market Paperback.
SHIP OF FOOLS tells the story of a group of German nationals on a boat from Veracruz to Germany. Jews by the boatload were attempting to escape from an atrocious and repressive regime. What the passengers did not realize is that the shipboard lifestyle reflected a macrocosm of pain that is to be experienced in the rest of the world. We meet dozens of characters, some more skillfully developed than others, including a young American couple through whose eyes we get to see the whole tragedy unfolding. The novel is not plot driven but an observed portrait. Porter focuses on the telling of details of each personality and the result is a sometimes funny, often touching, and ultimately stinging examination of the insularity, hypocrisies, and pretensions of shipboard passengers en route from Mexico to Germany on the eve of World War II. Porter's cast of characters are primarily German, but a handful of Spanish, Mexican, Swiss, and American characters giving the novel an international perspective. The characters tend to adopt reactionary postures toward and make assumptions about their fellow travelers based on both class and nationality; consequently, they tend to regard each other in a stereotypical light but even as they fail to understand the truths behind the stereotypes, Porter highlights their lack of comprehension in a frequently comic but extremely disconcerting manner, demonstrating that her characters are at sea in more ways than one. Because of certain symbolism this is not a novel to read quickly or casually. It requires time to develop clearly in the mind, so readers are advised to approach it with ample time in which to enjoy this superior work.
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