Ship of Fools

by Katherine Anne Porter

Ship of Fools

Paperback, 497 pages, Little Brown & Co, List Price: $16 | purchase

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Katherine Anne Porter's classic first novel recounts the lives, experiences and actions of the passengers aboard a cruise ship en route from Mexico to Germany in the summer of 1931.

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Summer Doldrums? These Nautical Reads Will Put Wind In Your Sails

You could say that Katherine Anne Porter's novel is part of the same literary tradition as Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales: A group of travelers, strangers to each other, embark on a journey and gradually learn each other's stories. In this case, there are miles of ocean in which to uncover the vanities, prejudices, delusions, illusions and (very occasionally) nobility of the fellow travelers. Porter sets her novel in the years leading up to World War II — specifically August

Book Your Trip

Summer Doldrums? These Nautical Reads Will Put Wind In Your Sails

You could say that Katherine Anne Porter's novel is part of the same literary tradition as Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales: A group of travelers, strangers to each other, embark on a journey and gradually learn each other's stories. In this case, there are miles of ocean in which to uncover the vanities, prejudices, delusions, illusions and (very occasionally) nobility of the fellow travelers. Porter sets her novel in the years leading up to World War II — specifically August

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