A book that came out 15 years too early as "Futility," was then released around 1912 or other with a new name. For some reason. About a boat hitting an ice cube or something....
|Title||:||The Wreck of the Titan: or, Futility|
|Number of Pages||:||243 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
The Wreck of the Titan: or, Futility Reviews
I felt that I should read Morgan Robertson's strange literary premonition of the sinking of the "Titanic" which occurred 12 years after the book was written. Certainly the first part of the work which describes the "Titan" and it's collision with an iceberg is eerie. However, after that event the book settles into a rather boring description of the adventures of John Rowland and the little girl whom he rescued. Characterisation is flat and sometimes leans heavily on stereotyping. But reading this book led me to listen to the audio drama, "Dr Who: The Wreck of the Titan". This is a very interesting adaptation of Robertson and the result is far superior to his book.The "Titan" features in the story (as does the "Titanic" briefly) and some of the events are similar. For instance, events occur on the iceberg after the collision. John and Myra appear but they are far more interesting than their counterparts in the novel. And of course The Doctor and Jamie (played by Colin Baker and Frazer Hines) are excellent to their roles. The story expands in interesting and unexpected ways and I would recommend this very enjoyable if loose adaptation.My rating for the audio drama would be 5 stars!
Made famous by the Titanic disaster (which happened 14 years after publication), The Wreck of the Titan, or Futility is an eerily fortuitous novella by Morgan Robertson. The plot concerns a disgraced naval officer named John Rowland who runs across the former love of his life while crossing the Atlantic on the passenger liner Titan, but when it collides with (and is sunk by) an iceberg he’s shipwrecked and must fight for survival. The characters aren’t very well written and don’t have much depth to them. And, the focus of the novella is more on Rowland’s philosophical musings than the actual events themselves. Overall, The Wreck of the Titan, or Futility is a mediocre tale of redemption, but the Titan’s uncanny similarity to the Titanic (the size, the shipping lane, the iceberg collision, etc.) has immortalized it.
Yeah, I only looked into this because of the whole predicted-the-sinking-of-the-Titanic myth surrounding it.But was this ever a let-down.Heck, this story is barely even about "the wreck of the Titan." The Titan sinks within the first half of the story, and the rest is about the general aftermath.(Can't even feel sorry for the people on-board when the ship does sink. The Titan straight-up runs through another ship during its journey. So it's more like divine retribution once the iceberg does show up.)The other three stories included ("The Pirates" "Beyond the Spectrum" "In the Valley of the Shadow") weren't particularly interesting, either.Definitely not what I was expecting when I picked this up.
I gave up after the first section. I think it's a time issue--it would have been better if I had read it back in the early 1900's.