~A British Royal Navy officers view of World War ll on the vast Atlantic Ocean. Fictional Cap’t Ericson & young First Lieutenant Lockhart are aboard the corvette Compass Rose, & later the larger frigate Saltash. Along with other flanking RN ships, their task @ hand is escorting convoys of commercial ships with needed supplies to ports covering the northern Atlantic. This while diligently doing their best to protect the convoy from the deadly German U-Boats. A well balanced story consisting of an array of characters, home & port life, life at sea, tragedies, marriages, romances & compassion. The painful aspect of losing the war was real, eventually new technology turns the tables. Refreshing to entertain Britains point of view of their allies & enemies 1939 - ’45 era. Voiced opinions of Ireland, Spain, Russia, USA, Australia & Germany were very educational. Opens ones mind reading about WWll from a different angle, so many factors that changed the world for so many decades to come. Truly a scary time to be alive @ sea as well as on land. Author NICHOLAS MONSARRAT served in the RN during WWll & his novel shall remain a classic.
The cruel sea is nothing less than a classic. Through the prism of war the author portraits universal characters with wisdom, sympathy and love, while at the same time regaling us with English wit at its finest, understated, subtle and full of common sense. This book brought me to tears more times than I wish to confess. As with the previous commentator, I felt a loss when the book was over.
A book of subtle and overt emotional impact. I wished it would not end, the joy of reading it being so great.
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