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Author Talks: Richard René Silvin on “Normandie: The Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Ocean Liner”

Posted Jan 2, 2016 Posted by One Comment


The Key West Library presents author Richard René Silvin for a discussion of his upcoming book “Normandie: The Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Ocean Liner”.

“Normandie: the Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Liner” is a well-researched historical novel, presented in a coffee table format with over 250 pictures. Although Silvin focuses on the design, construction and art of the French Line’s glorious 1935 flagship, readers are brought through a tale of the enchanting and romantic history of Twentieth Century, North Atlantic luxury travel. The illustrated narrative is punctuated by glamorous accounts of the famous passengers who travelled on Normandie during her four-year life. While fictional, the celebrities’ conversations are soundly based on what was happening in these legendary people’s lives at the time of their documented “crossings”. Readers will feel as if they are aboard the beguiling ship with artistic, social and political icons from both sides of the Atlantic. Finally, shrouded with details of the major international events that led up to the Second World War, Silvin chronicles the real story of Normandie’s tragic end. The horrid visual of what was to be America’s only large troop carrier lying on her side in New York City only two months after Pearl Harbor, gave way to the most elaborate yet predictably futile salvage job in naval history.

Join us on Tuesday January 12 at 3:00pm in the Key West Library Auditorium for a history of the SS Normandie and its tragic demise. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 305-292-3595.

Jan 12, 2016 at 3:00 PM

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