Ship of Fools

By Katherine Anne Porter
Read by Grace Conlin

22.09 Hours 10/01/1995 unabridged
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In the summer of 1931, a cruise ship sails from Mexico on its way to Bremerhaven, Germany. Among its many diverse passengers are a Spanish noblewoman, a drunken German lawyer, an American divorcée, a pair of Mexican Catholic priests, a number of Germans returning to their homeland from Mexico, and a corrupt, avaricious company of Spanish singers and dancers who scheme to defraud the other passengers of their money. In the mingling and meeting of these varied personalities on board the ship of fools, a drama of good and evil takes place from which no one will emerge unchanged. Rich in incident, passion, and treachery, the novel’s themes of nationalism, cultural and ethnic pride, and basic human frailty are as relevant today as they were when the novel first appeared in 1945.

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Summary

Summary

In the summer of 1931, a cruise ship sails from Mexico on its way to Bremerhaven, Germany. Among its many diverse passengers are a Spanish noblewoman, a drunken German lawyer, an American divorcée, a pair of Mexican Catholic priests, a number of Germans returning to their homeland from Mexico, and a corrupt, avaricious company of Spanish singers and dancers who scheme to defraud the other passengers of their money. In the mingling and meeting of these varied personalities on board the ship of fools, a drama of good and evil takes place from which no one will emerge unchanged. Rich in incident, passion, and treachery, the novel’s themes of nationalism, cultural and ethnic pride, and basic human frailty are as relevant today as they were when the novel first appeared in 1945.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This vivid, beautifully written story is bathed in intelligence and humor.” New York Herald Tribune
“A creative feat…Ship of Fools not only crowns Miss Porter’s notable career but takes and should hold an eminent place among contemporary novels.” Chicago Tribune
“A phenomenal, rich, and delectable book.” Atlantic Monthly
“A masterpiece.” Harper’s
“Katherine Anne Porter moves in the illustrious company headed by Hawthorne, Flaubert, and Henry James” Saturday Review
“Porter’s passengers are extremely diverse in nationality, age, class, education and experience. Grace Conlin does a splendid job portraying them.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Katherine Anne Porter

Katherine Anne Porter (1890--1980) was a Pulitzer Prize–winning American journalist, essayist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist. She pulled herself up from a life of hardship, dislocation, and severe loss in rural Texas to become a major American author and one of the most compelling literary figures of the twentieth century. Her first and only novel, Ship of Fools, was published in 1962 and became the bestselling novel in America that year, bringing her national literary fame. In 1967 she was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Fiction.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 22.09
Audience: Adult
Language: English