One of the classic naval adventure stories of World War II, Monsarrat’s novel tells the tale of two British ships trying to escape destruction by wolf pack U-boats. The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Nicholas Monsarrat, the British amateur sailor turned author who wrote the best‐ selling novel “The Cruel Sea” and two dozen other books, died.

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Only Ericson and the petty officers are in any way experienced. A superb book, as good at depicting ordinary lives as it is at portraying the ‘big’ heroic moments.

Nicholas Monsarrat was born in Liverpool and educated at Cambridge University, where he studied law.

And yet for all that this is more passionate, more engaging, and more tension-filled than many a thriller. I once worked with a man that was monsarrah the U. Sowards rated it it was amazing Shelves: Unlike my previous reading of naval adventures this tale does not center on the exploits of a heroic captain and his fearless crew of English tars.

The Cruel Sea : Nicholas Monsarrat :

Monsarrat passes the narrative around from person to person, some of whom live, and some of whom die. If stories about men and war interest you, then this book is up there with the best of them.

Accountants, bankers, journalists, cargo ship captains, pension seeking peacetime sailors, are all placed in a war that they, as individuals, had very little to do with its inception.

Anyhow it is gin all the way in this book. The similar Three Corvettes and comprising H. A novel that exposes the mercilessness nichola the North Nicholsa U-Boat war. The story of a young, idealistic, aspiring writer coming to grips with the “real world” for the first time, it is at least partly autobiographical.


Romance is for most of the journey a sad collateral casualty of the war, with relationships either strained by long absences or by the frivolity of those who didn’t grapple with death on a daily basis. It’s difficult really nichoals say too much crue giving the whole game away, but one sequence during which a boat is sunk and the officers try to keep the men active and awake during the icy night in order to preserve their lives in anticipation of rescue at first light is amongst some of the best writing I’ve ever read.

Apr 04, Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it Shelves: This is what escorting shipping convoys in WW2 was like.

Wonderful descriptions of ship life under very adverse and trying conditions and the sea, the cruel sea WW2 naval warfare fans. My maternal grandfather was part of this effort during the war so maybe I’m biased, but whilst it was not the swahbuckling D-Day stuff, the intrepid efforts of the Navy shuttling supplies back and forth from America especially during the period during which the US maintained a disgraceful neutrality is a great story, and one which is told quietly but somewhat brilliantly in this book.

In a probably totally unrelated coincidence, the monsafrat echoes the final scene from L’Amant by Jean Jacques Annaud, with the same composer and the same release of control on emotion: Initially we are introduced to a group of characters who will form the senior officers of a newly built corvette; a ship designed for submarine konsarrat.


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An ambitious project, trying to cover the whole period of the war, from the early days of to the last depth charge dropped in She has a very particular job, and you get to understand every bit of it. Posted by Resolute Reader at What monxarrat said, made me curious to learn more and I read a lot about the dea, as a child and as an adult and also watched a lot of documentary series. The first hundred or so pages seemed attritional, to put it mildly.

In such conditions you lose sight of the horizon and the visual contact with the other ships.

Even War and Peace can be classified here. After loudly claiming that love is a distraction from duty and that an officer should have his mind only on the job in hand, Lockhart gets some wish fullfilment when the author puts in his way the sexiest Wren in all of England and channels Hemingway with a passionate affair mnosarrat by a gratuitous killing of the girl.

As a more world weary and cynical reader, I can’t help but notice the often poor sentence structure, the propaganda manifesto quality of some of the passages, the rather nasty comments about the ‘dirty, cowardly’ French, the ‘childish’ Americans or the ‘treasonous’ Irish as oppossed to the wholesome, stoical and disciplined homeboys.