I have been approached by Renata Sweeney of Open Road Integrated Media with a promo offer on their new ebook of Katherine Anne Porter’s classic SHIP OF FOOLS, a great novel that was made into a great film.
I have one to give away and the best way I could think of to do this is to ask fellow bloggers who follow this site to indicate their interest by leaving a comment at the end of this post and either include their email address or watch this blog like a hawk for the announcement of the winner.
After a week or ten days have passed to give all those interested time to throw their name in the pot, I thought I would use the super-scientific high tech method of putting all the names in a hat and having my four year old niece (one who could hardly be accused of favoritism as she is just learning to read herself) pull the lucky winner’s name out of the hat. How’s that for a fancy lottery app? Don’t laugh or you’ll be disqualified.
To refresh everyone’s memory about this fine book I am going to crib Amazon’s product description and provide a Wikipedia link.
(To tell the truth I’m terrified that 1) this will somehow get all screwed up or 2) Renata’s feelings will get hurt because no one is interested. But she assures me this is very simple, practically fool proof, and we can’t disappoint such a generous, kind and literary lady like Renata, can we? No!)
So leave a comment indicating your burning desire to re-read this stupendous novel on Open Road Integrated Media’s new ebook edition whether you want to or not. You can always give it away–and if you decide to do that think of me because I would love to read it again. There are so few great novelists these days that know how to tell a rip-roaring story and really engage the reader from the first page to the last.
“Katherine Anne Porter’s first and only novel is a masterful allegory of the passions and prejudices that sparked World War II
“August 1931. An ocean liner bound for Germany sets out from the Mexican port city of Veracruz. The ship’s first-class passengers include an idealistic young American painter and her lover; a Spanish dance troupe with a sideline in larceny; an elderly German couple and their fat, seasick bulldog; and a boisterous band of Cuban medical students.
“As the Vera journeys across the Atlantic, the incidents and intrigues of several dozen passengers and crew members come into razor-sharp focus. The result is a richly drawn portrait of the human condition in all its complexity and a mesmerizing snapshot of a world drifting toward disaster.
“Written over a span of twenty years and based on the diary Katherine Anne Porter kept during a similar ocean voyage, Ship of Fools was the bestselling novel of 1962 and the inspiration for an Academy Award–winning film starring Vivien Leigh. It is a masterpiece of American literature as captivating today as when it was first published more than a half century ago.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Katherine Anne Porter, including rare photos from the University of Maryland Libraries.”
Good Luck, readers!