A FANTASTIC story, as dramatic and compelling as any high altitude mountaineering epic.
I had no idea deep wreck diving was so thrilling.
Hitler’s Lost Sub was a NOVA TV special first aired in 2000:
In 1991, professional diver John Chatterton discovered a sunken German U-boat from World War II, lying undetected only 60 miles off the New Jersey shore, its unexploded torpedoes and the bodies of its crew still aboard. This two-hour special follows Chatterton and his dive partners in their dangerous quest to identify the missing U-boat, a pursuit that takes six years and costs three lives. The U-boat’s history involves unusual coincidences and a startling twist of fate. …
As usual, I listened to it as an audio book. It was brilliant to have professional actors reading the parts of the many characters. Audio is so, so much better than reading.
In many ways the plot is far better and more fantastical than Harry Potter. It’s the coming of age story of Lyra Belacqua (later Lyra Silvertongue) — an orphaned, eleven-year-old girl growing up at Jordan College, Oxford.
The most interesting angle of this very adult story are the dæmons (animal-formed, shape-shifting manifestation of each human’s soul).
I haven’t seen the movie, yet. It was terrific. Especially the casting!
Super book, especially for anyone with a fondness for old comics. Kavalier & Clay are a “Czech artist named Joe Kavalier and a Brooklyn-born writer named Sam Clay—both Jewish—before, during, and after World War II.”
The writing is clean. Simple.
The plot fascinating and never predictable. I swear I could believe it was a true story.
Author Michael Chabon is widely considered one of the best working today. Though this book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001, that meant nothing to me. I got it as an MP3 from the library on recommendation from Downtown Ronnie. (Yes, he’s still alive, though almost 50 now.)
Unfortunately the audio was abridged. I want it all, so I plan to get the dead tree version as well.