Saturday, 1 February 2020

A Great And Harrowing Novel

Vintage Books 2000


A novel indeed.  But rooted in meticulous historical research.  

A tale of the deadly 1900 Hurricane which hit Galveston, and caused the deaths of maybe up to 10,000 people.

A tale of  meteorologist Isaac Cline;  a good and honourable man who despite his integrity and heroism got it wrong.

A tale of American hubris and racism, as a result of which the embryonic U.S. Meteorologist Service censored the more accurate reports of the Hurricane's path from a Roman Catholic Priest/Meteorologist in Cuba.

A tale of perfidy and stupidity at many levels.

A tale of immense bravery and courage.

                A gripping novel about a tragic event.

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