The Cruel Sea

The Cruel Sea

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'Fascinating and compelling' New York Times Based on the author's own vivid experiences, The Cruel Sea is the nail-biting story of the crew of HMS Compass Rose, a corvette assigned to protect convoys in World War Two. Darting back and forth across the icy North Atlantic, Compass Rose played a deadly cat and mouse game with packs of German U-boats lying in wait beneath the ocean waves. Packed with tension and vivid descriptions of agonizing U-boat hunts, this tale of the most bitter and chilling campaign of the war tells of ordinary, heroic men who had to face a brutal menace which would strike without warning from the deep . . . 'One of the best novels that has yet been written about sailors at war' Spectator
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2009, c1951.
ISBN: 9780141042831
Branch Call Number: MON
Characteristics: 444 p. : map


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Jul 04, 2016

The cruel sea is nothing less than a classic. Through the prism of war the author portraits universal characters with wisdom, sympathy and love, while at the same time regaling us with English wit at its finest, understated, subtle and full of common sense. This book brought me to tears more times than I wish to confess. As with the previous commentator, I felt a loss when the book was over.

Apr 18, 2013

A book of subtle and overt emotional impact. I wished it would not end, the joy of reading it being so great.

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