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In Hazard (New York Review Books Classics) (original 1938; edição 2008)

por Richard Hughes (Autor), John Crowley (Introdução)

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The Archimedes is a modern merchant steamship in tip-top condition, and in the summer of 1929 it has been picking up goods along the eastern seaboard of the United States before making a run to China. A little overloaded, perhaps--the oddly assorted cargo includes piles of old newspapers and heaps of tobacco--the ship departs for the Panama Canal from Norfolk, Virginia, on a beautiful autumn day. Before long, the weather turns unexpectedly rough--rougher in fact than even the most experienced members of the crew have ever encountered. The Archimedes, it turns out, has been swept up in the vortex of an immense hurricane, and for the next four days it will be battered and mauled by wind and waves as it is driven wildly off course. Caught in an unremitting struggle for survival, both the crew and the ship will be tested as never before. Based on detailed research into an actual event, Richard Hughes's tale of high suspense on the high seas is an extraordinary story of men under pressure and the unexpected ways they prove their mettle--or crack. Yet the originality, art, and greatness of In Hazard stem from something else: Hughes's eerie fascination with the hurricane itself, the inhuman force around which this wrenching tale of humanity at its limits revolves. Hughes channels the furies of sea and sky into a piece of writing that is both apocalyptic and analytic. In Hazard is an unforgettable, defining work of modern adventure.… (mais)
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Título:In Hazard (New York Review Books Classics)
Autores:Richard Hughes (Autor)
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Informação:NYRB Classics (2008), Edition: Reprint, 224 pages
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In Hazard por Richard Hughes (1938)

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This is based on a true story of an early (1920s) twentieth century ship caught in a freak,,violent storm. The characters perform heroic acts and the tension is sustained throughout. The characters are somewhat one dimensional. The author wanted to recount the story of the storm and place the ship in the context of the changes brought about when shipping abandoned any reliance on sail. Good read. ( )
  brianstagner | Apr 14, 2024 |
The Archimedes - an early 1900s steamer is caught in a giant hurricane in the Caribbean. The ship is torn to pieces and tossed around the ocean without power. The crew is damaged every bit as badly as the ship. Interesting, if disturbing, read for a mariner. ( )
  damcg63 | Sep 22, 2022 |
hard to follow. too many characters' stories. ( )
  mahallett | Aug 12, 2022 |
The author, in his introduction to the Time-Life Reading Program edition of the novel, likens it to a dream as theorised about by Freud: a suppressed anticipation of WWII. Too bad he doesn't explore the Freudian dimensions of the naked underage Sukie, a sexual trope we find throughout Hughes' work. Hughes' narrative voice is unmistakeable and perversely engaging, even when he is wandering far off course. I would encourage you to read this in conjunction with Conrad's "Typhoon" to which In Hazard makes explicit reference.
  booksaplenty1949 | May 13, 2017 |
Considering it starts out like the technical chapters of Moby Dick, without bothering to tell you what any of the technical terms being used actually mean, this is one kick ass book. Hughes somehow manages to move from "here's how a steam boat's engine creates steam" to one of the better symbolic tales I've read. A few things to keep in mind, though, if you're thinking about reading it. The opening chapters really are boring, albeit boring with a purpose. So just know that. Also, it is so far from being a 'man vs nature' narrative that the only reason I can think for so many people to put it in that pigeon-hole is that they're uncomfortable with the fact that, really, man's biggest enemy is himself. Although the middle sections read like an adventure tale, the meat of the book is the stories of the crew, and what they've already been through before they get into this mess.
Also, a few reviewers complain that the book is racist. Here's a crash course on 'reading like a professor': just because a character says or thinks racist things doesn't mean the book is racist. In fact, the book goes to great, humorous lengths to show the stupidity of people making assumptions about others based on their race. But hey. It's much easier to quote some dipshit character than to read with any sort of care. ( )
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The Archimedes is a modern merchant steamship in tip-top condition, and in the summer of 1929 it has been picking up goods along the eastern seaboard of the United States before making a run to China. A little overloaded, perhaps--the oddly assorted cargo includes piles of old newspapers and heaps of tobacco--the ship departs for the Panama Canal from Norfolk, Virginia, on a beautiful autumn day. Before long, the weather turns unexpectedly rough--rougher in fact than even the most experienced members of the crew have ever encountered. The Archimedes, it turns out, has been swept up in the vortex of an immense hurricane, and for the next four days it will be battered and mauled by wind and waves as it is driven wildly off course. Caught in an unremitting struggle for survival, both the crew and the ship will be tested as never before. Based on detailed research into an actual event, Richard Hughes's tale of high suspense on the high seas is an extraordinary story of men under pressure and the unexpected ways they prove their mettle--or crack. Yet the originality, art, and greatness of In Hazard stem from something else: Hughes's eerie fascination with the hurricane itself, the inhuman force around which this wrenching tale of humanity at its limits revolves. Hughes channels the furies of sea and sky into a piece of writing that is both apocalyptic and analytic. In Hazard is an unforgettable, defining work of modern adventure.

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