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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It brings home the realities of the longest battle in the second world war, the Battle for the Atlantic, but it does so not through harrowing depiction of the horrors involved, but through its detailed depiction the people involved, people we come to care about, to admire, and to mourn.

Monsarrat follows the Compass Rose and her crew as they head out to sea to battle Nazi U-Boats and storms and fatigue and boredom and tension. In this sense, the novel is like many others that came out of the Second World War – written monsrrat men who had served in the armed services, had seen action and perhaps used the process of putting the stories down on paper, as a method of dealing with their memories.

It would seem that the technology has changed but the fundamentals of the Royal Monsarrrat and the demands of running a ship of war haven’t changed, if you can rely on O’Brian’s historical portrayal.

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And at some point the coin dropped. I recall whole sections of Shirer’s Monsareat and Fall of the Third Reich, read at age ten, recall what he wrote and where I read it. It is a long story because it deals with a long and brutal battle, the worst of any war. I cared for the characters and worried for them in the rough North Sea.

I felt to be living through those years, sharing all the experiences described — whether at sea on a corvette and mohsarrat a frigate or on land.

It has two ships because one was sunk, and had to be replaced.


Seaa, many of the books I’ve read about naval warfar This is an excellent novel about the brutal Battle of the Atlantic told principally from the perspective of two officers tasked to escort convoys in the North Atlantic. This is an excellent novel about the brutal Battle of the Atlantic told principally from the perspective of two officers tasked to escort convoys in the North Atlantic.

The book serves to bring to life the historical accounts of the war, but it also opens up parallels that exist in our current lives. The only heroines are the ships and the only villain the cruel sea monsarrag.


The entertainment value is high’. Denys Monserrat was killed in Egypt during the middle part of the war whilst his brother was serving with the Royal Navy. I kept thinking of Moby Dick whilst reading this. The man must have been dead for many days: Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

When the war ends, the ship returns to port as a guard to several German submarines that have surrendered. His war experiences provided the framework for the novel ‘HMS Marlborough will enter Harbour’, which is one of his best known books, along with ‘The Cruel Sea’. The thing that separates The Cruel Sea from other war novels is its inspired specificity.

There are subplots that do not contribute much to the story and seem to cater to more popular themes. Anyhow it is gin all the way in this book. His first book to attract attention was the largely autobiographical ‘This is the Schoolroom’, which was concerned with the turbulent thirties, and a student at Cambridge who goes off to fight against the fascists in Spain only to discover that life itself is the real schoolroom. Ireland comes in for a lambasting; the country is potrayed as contemptible for remaining neutral and benefiting from the vital food and other supplies from North America, guarded by the Royal Navy, whilst at the same time allowing the Nazis to run an espionage base on their territory.

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.

Lastly, the men, the hundred and fifty men. My friend described leaving port with scores of other ships in a convoy that might cover 20 miles of ocean. Our livelihood, which is often synonymous with life itself, can be stolen by seemingly inhuman forces, which are easily hated. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Sometimes, in sheltered water, when the moon was full, they moved with the convoy past hills outlined against the pricking stars: There’s no margin for humanity left – humanity takes up too much room, it gets in the way of things. The title might not have been enough. In such conditions you lose sight of the horizon and the visual contact with the other ships.

The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat

I loved some of their scenes together, but I felt abused by this obvious play on my emotions, and would have preferred a more subtle approach hide spoiler ] I will finish with one of the best moments in the book, more than making up for any perceived false notes: Your buddies are closing in on your cluster of shivering men in vests, ready to whisk you to the safety of hot soup.


You have to have at least some kind of interest in the mosnarrat matter when reading a book like The Cruel Sea an My parents, may they rest in peace, lived through the Second World War.

Nidholas those who have seen or heard about a particular incident in the film adaptation, I say now that no seagulls fly backwards monsarrrat the cruel sea in the monsarrta He died in August and his ashes were later scattered over the sea. Or in this case, the Cruel Sea. No one can comprehend war who hasn’t seen it.

The Compass Rose is a small ship, and you get to know every inch of her. Lists with This Book. The Cruel SeaMonsarrat’s first postwar novel, is widely regarded as his finest work, and is the only one of his novels that is still widely read. At the beginning there is the sense of that popular trope of ragtag band of no-hopers including the ship who come together and are transformed into effective team – you’ve probably seen that film as many times as you’ve had hot dinners, maybe more, but it is not really developed.

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You have to have at least some kind of interest in the subject matter when reading a book like The Cruel Sea and some broader knowledge about WW II monaarrat helps. Noble young men striving — nay, Striving Mightily against Cruel Fate.

His fourth novel and first major work, This Is The Schoolroomtook a different approach. There was no one like Gregg, the seaman with the unfaithful wife, there was no one like Wainwright to cherish the depth charges, there w I feel like this was one of the eea important books I’ve ever read.

Even War and Peace can be classified here. They were nicholad of the famous sailing club based there, and he recounted much of this part of his life in a book My brother Denys. Monsarrat is incredibly compassionate towards them all, as he watches them work and struggle and sometimes die.

Every rivet driven into the hull of the subject boat seemed to be described; every atom nicholax H2O traversed across the Atlantic seemed to be featured. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.