The Poseidon Adventure (EBOOK)
In the chaos of the dining saloon they had not even been aware of the nature of what remained of the rand staircase emerging at its widest point from the pool of oily water its Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus golden handrails and carpeted steps curving upwards to the ceiling where it looked so utterly different that none of them any longer recognized it for what it was It had become simply a part of that nightmare in which chairs and tables hung from the roof and lights were thrown up from thelass floorThe steps now hung upside down from the ceiling and the complete uselessness of their former functional capacity was almost as appalling a shock to their minds as the catastrophe itselfThe handrails of polished mahogany and the brassbound vinyl covered steps instead of providing an easy rise to which they were accustomed jutted out in an overhang above their heads The ceiling of the companion way which had paralleled the angle of descent now presented the only means of ascent a slippery and precipitous slope of painted steel with lighting panels inset and flush an unmanageable surface offering no rip or handhold of any kind Paul Gallico The Poseidon Adventure Do you want my absolute undivided attention Tell me the story of a sinking ship From the time I was five and Robert Ballard found the still dignified remains of the RMS Titanic on the Atlantic seabed I have been obsessed with shipwrecks and sea stories Whether its fiction or non if there is a big wave a breached hull a race to the lifeboats as the water rises belowdecks I am there In my humble opinion there is little to compare to the drama played out on the stage of a distressed vessel s desperately tilting decks While there are many tales to uicken the blood even in a crowded field Paul Gallico s novel makes a lasting impression The Poseidon Adventure features one of the highest of high concepts an ocean liner capsizes and a small band of survivors must make it topside by climbing through an upside down ship before it sinks It is the perfect combination of character study and thriller a platoon story mixed with a tick tock countdown to eternity The characters we follow are an odd collection as is to be expected There is haberdasher a rake a mid American family and a couple of drunks Some of the survivors seem to have emerged from the department of ethnic stereotypes such as the old bickering Jewish couple There is also a racist homophobic NYC detective straight from central casting Nonetheless Gallico works hard to make all these people multidimensional so that even the seeming clich s round into form by the novel s end Taking control of this motley crew is the Reverend Dr Frank Buzz Scott a former All American football player turned preacher a believer in a muscular near secular Christianity where God is the Coach urging us on Following Scott s lead these survivors painstakingly make their way down which is actually up through the twisted mangled and darkened ship I have always been #extremely fond of the intersection of pulp and literary pretentiousness That s about where The Poseidon Adventure exists Fundamentally this is #fond of the intersection of pulp and literary pretentiousness That s about where The Poseidon Adventure exists Fundamentally this is beach read with such a cool premise that it s hard to screw it up Yet Gallico approaches this material with utter seriousness He writes with Dostoevsky like aspirations to psychological depth and utilizes a floating third person perspective that jumps from character to character often on the same page this can be confusing as many of the characters have similar names Each of the featured survivors has their own back story some effective than others It is a testament to Gallico s solemn intent that I didn t fully like any of the characters even the archetypes are iven human dimensions and #no one emerges as a pure cinematic hero The chief protagonist unsurprisingly #one emerges as a pure cinematic hero The chief protagonist unsurprisingly Dr Scott Interestingly Gallico never takes you inside his thought process so that we only see Scott through the eyes of others These projections serve to ive Scott an almost mythical uality and he is certainly unforgettable exhorting and cajoling the others God wants winners God loves triers He did not create you in His image to run second He has no use for uitters whiners or beggars Every trial you re called upon to endure is an act of worship Respect and stand up for yourselves and you will be respecting and standing up for Him Let Him know that if He can t help you you ve ot the KaBOOM!: One Entrepreneur's Quest to Build Community SAVE PLAY! guts and the will too it alone Fight for yourselves and He will be fighting at your side uninvited When you succeed it is because you ve accepted Him and He is in you When you dog it you ve denied Him I don t know about you but after reading that I feel just about ready to navigate an overturned ship myself The Poseidon Adventure was turned into a classic Irwin Allen produced disaster movie in 1972 with a youngish Gene Hackman starring as Dr Scott While I love the film it concentrates on the Rube Goldberg like obstacle course of the flipped SS Poseidon with one barrier to be surmounted after another While there are some surprises the arc is pretty standard The novel is much interested in the characters Sure there are challenges busted staircases a swim through the engine room a climb among the scaffolds But the main trials are psychological The reatest test each must face is their own limitations The result is a book that oes to some dark dark places That s not to disparage the adventure portion of The Poseidon Adventure Gallico does an excellent job describing this inverted world paying keen attention to spatial characteristics It s hard enough for a writer to describe an ocean liner it s that much harder to describe. On its maiden voyage luxury ocean liner SS Poseidon is capsized by a massive undersea earthuake A handful of survivors must fight for their lives struggling to make it from the upper deck of the ship to the hull the only part above water before the ship sinks Faced with rising water and the violence of desperate passengers and crewmembers the roup must do everything it can to survive before time runs out Adap.
Paul Gallico ï 4 SummaryNed upside down because of tsunami due to undersea earthuake Unlike RMS Titanic the story of SS Poseidon is fiction and managed to inspire only 4 movie adaptations unlike the former that inspired 20 movies both in TV or wide screen In fact when American novelist Paul Gallico July 26 1897 July 15 1976 released The Poseidon Adventure in 1969 it did not enerate much interest as it was seen as a lame version of the RMS Titanic storyBut I liked the movie Titanic of Jack and Rose in 1997 I saw it thrice at the movie house bought a VHS watched it again at home Then when VCD came out I bought a copy and watched it again Then a Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION good pirated DVD copy came out I bought a copy and watched it again Original DVD came out a bought a copy and watched it again Hope the technology stop at Blue Ray because I am still to buy but I am not sure if I will watch it again after see De Caprio already an aged actor in Inception and Winslet killing herself in Revolutionary Road Secondary to being the Greekod of the sea Poseidon is first and foremost the od known as the earth shaker says the Mary Kinsale a character in this book The Poseidon Adventure Gallico aptly titled the book because the cause of its sinking or to be precise being upside down was an earthuake There is a mixed of characters and at least those whose names mentioned in the story survived Somehow I think that Gallico wanted his story to be of survival rather than dying just like that of Jack and RoseAnd that is one of the differences that make this book also appealing to me True that there is also a pastor committing suicide thinking himself as a sacrifice for his flock to survive there is a lady who ot unconsciously raped by a teenage boy relationships that Mesagerul got tested broken and thank God mended during their almost futile search for the way to the hull of the ship They climb their way through almost everything turned upside down from inverted Christmas tree to the 2 story stair elevator cable Hollywood hallway etcThis book is a mixed of drama and pulsating adventure I find the former a bit melodramatic but the latter as eually as engaging as reading Ian Fleming or Dan Brown Now that you are putting a Christmas tree imagine that you are in a luxury ship and it is 50 feet long and it is inverted and you have to climb through it to surviveThen reading Poseidon will have a whole different meaning for you this Christmastime TRIGGER WARNINGS rape drowning death and claustrophobia Pros strong sense of danger and horror that provides a thrilling aspect Main story line was all about adventure and keeps the reader engaged with no nonsense subplots different character typespersonalities working together trying to survive Cons Idiotic dialogue reactions from characters that was off putting some scenarios that the characters found themselves in that were unimaginable or even confusing to comprehend Felt almost as if it was filler scenes Too many unlikeable characters and not a full and satisfying happy ending One of my favourite sea adventure stories after watching this do you still want too on that cruise you were contemplating Until just a few weeks ago my only exposure to The Poseidon Adventure was the film made in the early 1970 s When I discovered that it was first a book by Paul Gallico I knew I had to read it I m one who prefers to read the book first and then see the movie
*having done it *done it reverse order this time I was interested to see how much the film held to or diverted from the book The Poseidon Adventure is the story of a huge cruisecargo ship that is full of passengers on #A 30 Day Cruise Taken #30 day cruise taken the ChristmasNew Years holidays After experiencing rough seas many passengers are ill and in their cabins one evening and only the brave hearted and hungry venture to the dining room for dinner For a variety of reasons the ship begins to roll violently from side to side in the rough seas adn then suddenly capsizes Imagine the chaos of their environment and their lives suddenly being turned upside down Once the boat settles things stop exploding high above them in the bowels of he ship and things stop crashing and falling all around them and realization hits that most of the passengers have died instantly the survivors in the dining room ather to assess their situation From this point the book is like an experiment of humanity and survival skills Not survival of the fittest From this point the book is like an experiment of humanity and survival skills Not survival of the fittest like what is in the heart and mind of each person that ets exposeed when put into the heat of this battle to survive this worst case scenario These survivors are a cross section of humanity the ood the bad and the ugly They all have stories or secrets that have made them who they are and that impact how they react or respond in this crisis Who rises to become the leader who follows obediently who complains at every turn what relationships develop stay strong or fall apart what is revealed about each of them in the midsst of the fight of their lives To reach the hull of the ship where rescuers if there will be any will be able to find them they must now adjust to their upside down world and overcome whatever obstacles they encounter physically mentally emotionally and even spiritually really bad theology but that s another story in order to make it to the propellor shaft tunnel which may as well be climbing Mt Everest to them IF you need warned I will say as this book was written in 1969 it s NOT politically correct in words used regarding sexuallity or race in a few situations I highly recommend reading this book Now that I ve read the book I definitely want to see th4e 1970 s movie again ASA. Him during an interview He founded the Golden Gloves amateur boxing competition and wrote the book that inspired the movie The Pride of the Yankees starring Gary CooperGallico is known for his short stories and novels several of which were adapted to TV and film His short story The Snow Goose received the O Henry Award for short fiction; his novel Love of Seven Dolls was adapted into Lili an Oscar winning fil. It upside down and tangled up But the entertainment factor of the novel is a degree lower than the film There are no rules no sense of fairness or justness Gallico creates a cold and unsympathetic and capricious universe Characters are killed off with stunning brevity and at times with a macabre and lurid detail A child is lost There is a raphic rape The death count rises the higher the What Am I Doing with My Life?: And other late night internet searches answered by the great philosophers groupets Even after survival the wounds keep opening These are people who have lost loved ones these are people who will never be better than they were in that ship and you can sense that the rest of their lives will be anticlimax Then comes the ending It s so bleak it left me a bit stung Only after a bit did I realize that the ruthlessness of the last few pages a ruthlessness that borders on cynicism perfectly fits that existential ship of horrors through which we journeyed At this point it is unlikely that The Poseidon Adventure will ever be recognized as Jimmy: The Terrorist great literature But it sure is memorable 4 Stars for The Poseidon Adventure audiobook by Paul Gallico read by Dylan Baker This was an interesting adventure Lots of fascinating characters in a challenging environment The narration wasreat too Most are probably familiar with this story about a roup of people in an upside down cruise ship thanks to the classic adventure movie that s based on it The book is salacious and brutal than its famous film adaptationThere s a heavy focus on the thoughts and discussions of the characters sometimes at the expense of what s actually happening on the ship I had to re read than one action scene to understand what was oing on This would have been acceptable to me if the themes that the story raised had been dealt with effectively but instead the author brings up societal and relationship issues only to leave them floating awkwardly aroundIt s usually easier for me to make allowances for older novels when it comes to sexism racism and other forms of Okay confession here When I was 11 my father took me to see the original Poseidon Adventure at the Beekman theater in Manhattan I loved it I was obsessed with it I think that perhaps my adult fascination with cruise ships was strongly influenced by it The idea of a cruise ship turning upside down was so damn surreal terrifying and compelling creatively I couldn t More scary stories for sleep-overs get it out of my mind as a kid Back when I was twelve I read the novel and loved it So just last year I found a copy of a first edition at aarage sale I picked it up and it s been sitting on my shelf ever since Well these days I m keeping a bedside vigil for my Mom and I m up a lot in the middle of the night so I picked up the book A bit of nostalgia I began reading and you know what IT S AWFUL So badly written the characters so under developed the dialogue so wrong But as with any famous sinking ship I can t take my eyes away No matter how awful it is I m sure I ll read every last word So I suppose this book is my Twilight Paul Gallico had a concept That #s all It was a concept that was ood enough to carry it through Last year I saw the #all It was a concept that was ood enough to carry it through Last year I saw the again Still loved it Camp and dated in so many ways but still so much fun I still et teary eyed when spoiler Shelley Winters dies This was less of an adventurous fight for survival than it was a character Drama None Of The Characters None of the characters traditionally relatable they were all flawed some even broken but all of them in a realistic way They are the wild mix of people you would really have at such a cruise which led to mostly compelling conflictsI felt uncomfortable reading this at times because some of the things happening really hit hard I think this was intentional but I m not 100% sure that some of the instances don t come from things being acceptable in the 60s that aren t any but I hope they were intended to be shocking even back thanStill I didn t like all of the plot points and arks even though they weren t unbelievable The last few sentences were just brutal and uncalled for I really enjoyed the writing style and the characterisations However this isn t an easy travel read as other reviews make it out to be not if you have some empathy It effected me emotionally while readingI also wouldn t recommend it to younger readers since the character s uestionable decisions and thoughts aren t explicitly judged within the text I saw the movie with my friend Linda and an obsession was born We played Poseidon Adventure with our Barbies We played Poseidon Adventure with the Deitch boys from across the street Even though they had not seen the film in our crazed madness we forced them to play all the male roles I even saw the movie en espanol on a trip to Spain Didn t understand a word of it Didn t matter I had it memorized My dad never one to miss an opportunity for education came home with a present one day Did you know it was a BOOK before it was a MOVIE he asked No I had not I began to realize that many of my favorite movies had been books first The Wizard of Oz Peter Pan Even Mary Freakin Poppins for cryin out loud It was probably a late age to make this discovery but it opened up a whole new world for me And unfortunately led me to waste many teenage years reading movie tie ins But that was my own faultThe Poseidon Adventure is my most read book I kept ins But that was my own faultThe Poseidon Adventure is my most read book I kept running tally inside the front cover of my now bedraggled paperback I read it seven times Was it THAT ood I m pretty sure it wasn t but I was young and in love with a movie a book and the idea that in a world before VHS and DVD I could rewatch my favorite movies whenever I wanted simply by reading them Afloat North Atlantic SS Poseidon tur. Ted into an award winning film by Irwin Allen The Poseidon Adventure is a thrilling tale with timeless suspense and excitement ABOUT THE AUTHOR Paul Gallico 1897 1976 was an American novelist and sportswriter Born in New York City he raduated from Columbia University and became the sports editor and columnist for the New York Daily News where he became known for asking champion boxer Jack Dempsey to spar with.