The Open Boat

The Open Boat Four men struggle for survival after escaping from a sinking ship and into a small open boat

  • Title: The Open Boat
  • Author: Stephen Crane
  • ISBN: 9780871918260
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Four men struggle for survival after escaping from a sinking ship and into a small open boat.

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    1. The best use of impressionism I've ever read. Crane addresses the existential crisis of man in such a poignant manner, that it's difficult to let go of the overwhelming and conflicting sensation of being understood and still being helpless that this story resonates.We are so small. We are so ignorant. Does our insignificance outweigh our importance? When facing nature, our greatest adversary, who do we rely on but the brotherhood of mankind? In just a few pages of irony and metaphors, Crane give [...]

    2. This is the story of four men, a wounded captain, an oiler, a correspondant and a cook who spent three days in icy waters in a ten-foot tall dinghy after a shipwreck . The descriptions of the sea, its colors and waves, feelings, states of mind, fatigue, physical and mental exhaustion as the hours pass is splendid.The four men came in sight of shore but a reef prevents them from mooring, almost dying from fatigue, they jump in the waters and take their chance, on land, help arrives but at what co [...]

    3. The short story "The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane tells the tale of four men trying to survive the unforgiving ocean in a lifeboat after a shipwreck off the coast of Florida. The prospect of a lighthouse and a strip of land in the distance keep the men going, but frequent disappointments and the persistence of the cruel ocean threaten to destroy the hopes of the weakening crew.

    4. Stephen Crane, age 26, throws you into a dinghy (which serves as a lifeboat) for 4 survivors (including himself) of a steamboat that sank off the coast of Florida. Crane (1871-1900) is not a "Buried" writer, but he is a forgotten, neglected one, which is a pity. His simple, objective --detached-- writing influenced Hemingway. Did anyone remember Crane when Hem published in the '20s ? (No!) ~ Clearly, Crane is a key American voice, but I wonder if he's even read in college lit classes today --suc [...]

    5. Το είχα διαβάσει στο πανεπιστήμιο (ήταν μέρος της ύλης κάποιου εξαμήνου) και θυμάμαι την απίστευτη αίσθηση ματαιότητας, αυτό το χαρακτηριστικό "Nature's Indifference to Man" - βασικό μοτίβο του Νατουραλισμού του Crane. Σε λίγες σελίδες, τα λέει όλα.

    6. If I am going to be drowned, if I am going to be drowned, if I am going to be drowned, why, in the name of the seven mad gods who rule the sea, was I allowed to come thus far and contemplate sand and trees?That was some powerful writing I just read. I am in awe of Stephen Crane. I remember reading Red Badge of Courage in middle school, but I didn't fully appreciate the brilliance of the book or Stephen Crane. I do now.I wish there were more stars to give this story.

    7. I read Crane's "Red Badge of Courage" while in high school and without ever giving it a second thought over the years I've always recommended it highly to anyone who's ever asked. But after reading "The Open Boat," it seems I'd forgotten exactly how powerful a writer Crane really was.I've never quite shared in the ultimate philosophy of writers like London, Conrad, and Crane yet they perpetually rank among my favorites, mainly I think, because the masculine vocabulary and narrative of "naturalis [...]

    8. "If I am going to be drowned-- if I am going to be drowned-- if I am going to be drowned, why, in the name of the seven mad gods, who rule the sea, was I allowed to come thus far and contemplate sand and trees? Was I brought here merely to have my nose draged away as I was about to nibble the sacred cheese of life?"When I was going through the majority of Stephen Crane's works a few months ago, I somehow never read this even though I probably had the opportunity. I think I got tired of him after [...]

    9. I love this short story by the great Stephen Crane. A group of men find themselves at the mercy of nature when they are at sea in a small boat during a storm.

    10. Personal Response: This was terrible. Throughout the whole book I felt like there was no point to the entire book overall. The only time anything that happened actually mattered was at the end. Glad that it was just a short story.Plot: Men are sitting in a boat. The waters are very rough. Two men are stuck rowing, The Oiler and The Correspondant. The Captain stands defeated and broken because the whole trip looks like a loss. He holds hope long enough to see a lighthouse in the distance. This gi [...]

    11. "The water was cold."There's a wonderful scene in Joseph Conrad's 'Victory' where Heyst and Lena are in the jungle on their island and are looking for their former servant, Wang. When they come to a barrier of fallen trees and branches they notice spear points protruding from the tangle. Slowly the face of Wang appears as the spears retract into the jungle, but Wang is holding a gun, Heyst's gun. No understanding can be made between Heyst and Wang and Wang slips back into the dark jungle and the [...]

    12. I think The Open Boat was a nice story. I liked how the author had written about the dangers of rowing, also, metaphorically teaching a lesson on life. The reason why I didn't enjoy this book is because I usually don't read these kind of books. However, it was an interesting story.

    13. Personal Response:This story was alright. It's mostly straightforward, and doesn't have much plot, and that's why I didn't love it. I am a teen, and lots of teens like plot. I'm sure this book has many literary aspects that I don't understand because I'm not an English teacher. However this was a quick read, and didn't waste much time at all, so it's pretty good. Plot Summary:There's a correspondent, an oiler, a captain, and a cook. They start off on a tiny boat, and need to find land. The peopl [...]

    14. Making my way down a list of suggested books to read per Hemingway and this was second on the list. A story of four men whose ship sunk and they, the only survivors, float in a dinghy in the ocean hoping for land or rescue. Their story is full of symbolism and examines the plight of society vs. nature and the indifference in regards to mankind in relation to nature. It was refreshing to read a story that while short, is full of so much for the reader to ponder and digest. So much more than a sto [...]

    15. This estimable conte is not apprehending, but is handsomely written. The savory sentences are all different lengths -like individual and harmonizing melodies - and are reminiscent of the waves in the sea where the story takes place. These high and low tides happening simultaneously probably will not make you sea sick, since the shy account of plot seems out and out static - like "Red Badge of Courage" - without a crossover. Left me a little peckish. My unfledged say, Cat

    16. "Acest turn era un gigant, stand cu spatele intors la necazul furnicilor. Reprezenta, intr-o anumita masura, pentru corespondent, seninatatea naturii in mijlocul chinurilor omului." Indiferenta naturii apare atat de covarsitoare, incat frumusetea marii si a apusurilor - descrise abil de Crane - nu trezeste niciunuia dintre membrii echipajului vreo impresie.

    17. So elegantly written. This was the first survival novel that really spoke to me. And it made me think in new ways. And if that wasn't enough, the poetry in this book has stayed with me for decades, come back to me at times like verses in a well-known song. It takes especially great writing to do that.

    18. Read this for an American Lit class. Wow! What a great story told so briefly. I feel like this book captured what I love about Joseph Conrad's writing, but in a nutshell. Conrad and Crane were alive at the same time, I wonder if they had any correspondence with each other? This story really makes me want to explore naturalism as a genre. Great read, recommend to anybody.

    19. There must be some deep meaning to this story, but all I read was a boring account of a few men escaping from a shipwreck. There does not seem to be a point, or a universal lesson, or satirical jab. Some men were in a shipwreck, and now they are rowing for an island in a tiny, leaking, boat. Eventually they make it to shore, all but one who dies while they all swim for the shore.

    20. One of the greatest American short-stories ever written. Full of playful irony that most don't get upon the first read. Hard to categorize as it is frequently touted as high-mark in literary naturalism, yet features some proto-modernist and even proto-postmodern qualities. Fantastic.

    21. *Disclaimer: Read an online version that was printed out for school*A short, gripping, and powerful tale. Not a believer in the proposed worldview, but found it fascinating nonetheless.

    22. This story describes the experience of men in a boat during a storm. The thoughts of the cook are particularly memorable.

    23. I honestly don't remember when The Open Boat was recommended to me as something I should read. I think I jumped in on some Twitter thread where the film Dunkirk was being discussed, particularly the scene that flips the premise of Crane's short story: a group of soldiers (maybe four, in which case the parallels are perfect. I'd need to watch it again, though. In fact I need to take a memo now to watch Dunkirk again because it's a damn good movie) take shelter in a boat that is shored/flipped ove [...]

    24. 2.5 stars- I'm sat here under the impression that Naturalism is often looked at as being an existential pre-cursor and I can't see why. Is it the indifference of God? It must be, because Naturalist writing is somewhere in the realm of soft/hard determinism, while existential philosophy lives on free will. I have a hard time subscribing to the idea that you have no control over your life in the face of nature, that you have to bend yourself to the indifferent will of your environment. I can under [...]

    25. Personal Response: This was a very good short story about working together to help accomplish things. The book was a little advanced for my level since there were quite a couple words I didn't understand. The story was very descriptive and a good short story.Plot Summary:The open boat was a well written short story about four men, the captain, the oiler, the cook, and the correspondent. These four men were out on the sea during a storm and were the only survivors on the boat. The men had to work [...]

    26. Crane tells the tale of four men trying to survive the harsh ocean while giving us a clear perspective on their state of mind and mood swings against the nature and it is trivialness of human life. The crisis in their mind and insignificance of the man against our adversary, nature, is clear with the existential point of view, through it, they see how random and meaningless facing it. This perspective, reminds me the philosophical position deism and it is approach to the divine intervention, the [...]

    27. The short story, "The Open Boat" is an adventure story about 4 men on the dangerous sea. This book contains thousands of great adjectives that well describe the situation of 4 men and the waves in the sea. Crane's descriptions easily make the readers imagine how those men were trying their best to survive in hopeless dreadful situation. Captain, cook, oiler and correspondent were out in the stormy sea with no hope or sign of being rescued. Because the author managed to express the tense and dark [...]

    28. Read here: americanenglishate/filA bit of existential dread about men being isolated on a boat, struggling to survive only a short distance from safety and security. The men constantly have their hopes dashed as they get nearer the shore, only to turn back due to problems.The men's struggle is voiced by the shared thought: "If I'm going to lose my life to the sea--if I'm going to lose my life to the sea--why was I allowed to come this far and see sand and trees?"

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