The Cruel Sea Book Summary and Study Guide

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After the great powers of Europe had been plunged into a second World War (WWII), the armed forces of Great Britain frantically recruited personnel for all of the services. The Royal Navy was no exception, and it was in a tiny Naval ship (corvette) that a group of RNR (Royal Naval Reserve) and RNVR (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) officers and crew were sent to fight the Battle of the Atlantic.
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The book concentrates not only on the troubles which HMS Compass Rose had to deal with in the rough waters of the Atlantic whilst protecting the important trade convoys, but perhaps more importantly on the relationships of those onboard her.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Navy Specific to    -   WW II Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   lifeboat    -   warship    -   swimming on    -   drowning City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   drowned Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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