The Poseidon Adventure by Paul GallicoOn its maiden voyage, luxury ocean liner SS Poseidon is capsized by a massive undersea earthquake. A handful of survivors must fight for their lives—struggling to make it from the upper deck of the ship to the hull, the only part above water, before the ship sinks. Faced with rising water and the violence of desperate passengers and crewmembers, the group must do everything it can to survive—before time runs out. Adapted into an award-winning film by Irwin Allen, The Poseidon Adventure is a thrilling tale with timeless suspense and excitement.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul Gallico (1897-1976) was an American novelist and sportswriter. Born in New York City, he graduated from Columbia University and became the sports editor and columnist for the New York Daily News, where he became known for asking champion boxer Jack Dempsey to spar with him during an interview. He founded the Golden Gloves amateur boxing competition, and wrote the book that inspired the movie The Pride of the Yankees, starring Gary Cooper.
Gallico is known for his short stories and novels, several of which were adapted to TV and film. His short story The Snow Goose received the O. Henry Award for short fiction; his novel Love of Seven Dolls was adapted into Lili, an Oscar-winning film.
Sign in. On New Year's Eve, the luxury ocean liner Poseidon capsizes after being swamped by a rogue wave. The survivors are left to fight for their lives as they attempt to escape the sinking ship. A small group of survivors find themselves unlikely allies in a battle for their lives. Preferring to test the odds alone, career gambler Dylan Johns ignores captain's orders to wait below for possible rescue and sets out to find his own way to safety.
An odd and unexpected word kept nudging its way into my mind as I sat watching "Poseidon. I hoped that other words would replace it. I knew I was not enjoying the movie, but I hoped it would improve or, lacking that, discover an interesting way to fail. But no. It was perfunctory, by which I mean, according to the dictionary that came with my computer: cursory, desultory, hurried, rapid, fleeting, token, casual, superficial, careless, halfhearted, sketchy, mechanical, automatic, routine, and offhand. And if you want to see the opposite of those qualities, consider some of the other films by the director Wolfgang Petersen , most notably " Das Boot " but also "In the Line of Fire" and " The Perfect Storm " It may have been the latter movie that won him the assignment to remake " The Poseidon Adventure "
The SS Poseidon is a fictional transatlantic ocean liner that first appeared in the novel The Poseidon Adventure by Paul Gallico and later in four films based on the novel. The ship is named after the god of the seas in Greek mythology. In the novel, the ship is traveling across the Atlantic on her first month-long cruise with African and South American ports of call, after her recent sale and conversion from the year old British ocean liner RMS Atlantis into the American cruise ship SS Poseidon. The description of the ship is slim; Gallico described her as a quadruple-screw ocean liner of 81, tons, as long as four city blocks, and as high as an apartment building with three massive funnels , which would make her very similar to the RMS Queen Mary. Gallico was inspired to write the novel after his experience as a passenger on the Queen Mary after the liner tilted alarmingly after being hit by a large wave. He also describes the Poseidon' s fatal flaw as riding high in the water, improperly ballasted and technically unseaworthy , this, he wrote, made the Poseidon vulnerable to capsizing. In the film The Poseidon Adventure , the ship is in the Mediterranean on her final voyage, which will take her to the breaker's yards in Greece , when an undersea earthquake produces a tsunami that capsizes the ship just after midnight on New Year's Eve.
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