Ship of Fools

Paperback | May 30, 1984

byKatherine Anne Porter

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The story takes place in the summer of 1931, on board a cruise ship bound for Germany. Passengers include a Spanish noblewoman, a drunken German lawyer, an American divorcee, a pair of Mexican Catholic priests. 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 today as they were when the book was first published in 1962.

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The year is 1931, and a cruise ship is bound for Bremerhaven, Germany. On board is a delightfully eccentric cast of characters: a Spanish noblewoman, a German lawyer, an American divorcee, and a pair of Mexican Catholic priests. From the friction among the characters emerges a highly compelling story, one that touches on themes of ...

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The story takes place in the summer of 1931, on board a cruise ship bound for Germany. Passengers include a Spanish noblewoman, a drunken German lawyer, an American divorcee, a pair of Mexican Catholic priests. This ship of fools is a crucible of intense experience, out of which everyone emerges forever changed. Rich in incident, passi...

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The title of this book is a translation from the German of Das Narrenschiff, a moral allegory by Sebastian Brant. The author read it in Basel in the summer of 1932 when she had still vividly in mind the impressions of her fist voyage to Europe. She took for her own this simple almost universal image of the ship of this world on its voy...

Katherine Anne Porter is known for her subtle and delicate perception; her careful, disciplined technique; and her precision of word and phrase. She wrote slowly and with restraint but achieved an impression of ease and naturalness that is close to perfection. She was born in Texas, schooled in Louisiana convents, and, working as a new...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8.62 × 5.62 × 1.38 inPublished:May 30, 1984Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316713902

ISBN - 13:9780316713900

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the BEST American novels Although Katherine Porter really only wrote the one novel, it far surpasses the word classic. Her analysis of a boat load of people is so compelling it turns into a "page turner" even though, really there is no story line. It is simpy a penetratting view of people that is as relavant today as it was at that time.
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The year is 1931, and a cruise ship is bound for Bremerhaven, Germany. On board is a delightfully eccentric cast of characters: a Spanish noblewoman, a German lawyer, an American divorcee, and a pair of Mexican Catholic priests. From the friction among the characters emerges a highly compelling story, one that touches on themes of passion, love, and nationalism, and one which will forever change the lives of its participants. When it was first released in 1962, Ship of Fools was an American classic, and it remains as great today.