Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Only Way to Cross by John Maxtone-Graham (1972, 1983)

The Only Way to Cross: The Golden Era of the Great Atlantic Liners - From the Mauretania to the France and the Queen Elizabeth 2The Only Way to Cross: The Golden Era of the Great Atlantic Liners - From the Mauretania to the France and the Queen Elizabeth 2 by John Maxtone-Graham
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was excited to read this book, but overall disappointed.  It felt like a self published book almost, sort of like a book of town history or genealogy, with an insider's perspective that was hard to understand.  The narrative flow was weird too; there didn't seem to be any rhyme or reason other than a loose chronology.  It's clear Maxtone-Graham (has a great name) loves sea travel and writes knowledgeably and occasionally interestingly about it - but it's that occasionally that's the operative word here.  


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