It is believed that Verne based his tale on two [then] recent disasters: that of the French frigate "Medusa" which sunk off the coast of Africa in 1816 and that of the British ship "Sarah Sands" which caught fire in 1857. So unlike many of Verne's other stories, this one could actually happen. *shiver*You can read the rest on my blog at this link.
There are not a lot of direct parallels between the book and the show, but it is most definitely about surviving a horrible disaster and that is parallel enough for me.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Book Review: The Survivors of the Chancellor, by Jules Verne
This is the story of the sinking of the fictitious ship Chancellor and the ways in which some of the passengers and crew managed to survive. Here's an excerpt from my review: