Title Profile & Character Information

Every Man for Himself

Annotation
"On Wednesday, April 10, 1912, the RMS Titanic left Southampton on her maiden voyage to New York. Four days later, half an hour before midnight, she struck an iceberg. By 2 a.m. the last lifeboat had rowed frantically away. Minutes later the great ship sank. Fifteen hundred people had lost their lives." "Every Man for Himself recaptures those four crucial days at the end of the Belle Epoque. J. Pierpont Morgan's nephew, en route to New York, has booked passage on the world's most luxurious ocean liner. His companions include a host of Guggenheims, Vanderbilts, and upper crust fellow travelers. It is a voyage of black-tie dining and moonlight serenades, of illicit romances and reserved travelers with shadowy pasts. The young Morgan soon finds his destiny linked to those of his shipmates, memorable personalities all, as the great ship sails toward her fate. But the Titanic's destiny may not be unknown to everyone on board: just hours before tragedy strikes, one of the passengers is heard to remark, "Have you not yet learned that it's every man for himself?" Bainbridge vividly recreates each scene of the voyage, from the suspicious fire in the Number 10 coal boiler, to the champagne and crystal of the first-class public rooms, to that terrible midnight chaos in the frigid North Atlantic. This remarkable, haunting tale confirms Bainbridge as a consummate observer of human behavior and the human condition."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
1996  Costa Book Awards

Characters
NameMorgan
GendersMale
 Male

GenreHistorical
Fiction
TopicsTitanic
Disaster at sea
Social classes
Titanic
Disaster at sea
Social classes
SettingNorth Atlantic Ocean
North Atlantic Ocean
Ship
Sea
Ship
Sea