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He intended to practise law. The law failed to inspire him, however, and he turned instead to writing, moving to London and supporting himself as a freelance writer for newspapers while writing four novels and a play in the space of five years He later commented in his autobiography that the Invergordon Naval Mutiny influenced his interest in politics and social and economic issues after college.
His lifelong love of sailing made him a capable naval officer, and Born on Rodney Street in Liverpool, Monsarrat was educated at Winchester and Trinity College, Cambridge. The law failed to inspire him, however, and he turned instead to writing, moving to London and supporting himself as a freelance writer for newspapers while writing four novels and a play in the space of five years — His lifelong love of sailing made him a capable naval officer, and he served with distinction in a series of small warships assigned to escort convoys and protect them from enemy attack.
Monsarrat ended the war as commander of a frigate, and drew on his wartime experience in his postwar sea stories. During his wartime service, Monsarrat claimed to have seen the ghost ship Flying Dutchman while sailing the Pacific, near the location where the young King George V had seen her in Resigning his wartime commission in , Monsarrat entered the diplomatic service.
He turned to writing full-time in , settling first on Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, and later on the Mediterranean island of Gozo Malta. His fourth novel and first major work, This Is The Schoolroom, took a different approach. The story of a young, idealistic, aspiring writer coming to grips with the "real world" for the first time, it is at least partly autobiographical.
Based on his own wartime service, it followed the young naval officer Keith Lockhart through a series of postings in corvettes and frigates. It was one of the first novels to depict life aboard the vital, but unglamorous, "small ships" of World War II—ships for which the sea was as much a threat as the Germans. The similar Three Corvettes and comprising H.
Thus Guillemot appears under the pseudonym Dipper and Shearwater under the pseudonym Winger in the book.
Frigate is similar but deals with his time in command of two frigates. His use of the name Dipper could allude to his formative years when summer holidays were spent with his family at Trearddur Bay. They were members of the famous sailing club based there, and he recounted much of this part of his life in a book My brother Denys.
Denys Monserrat was killed in Egypt during the middle part of the war whilst his brother was serving with the Royal Navy.
Start your review of The Cruel Sea Write a review Shelves: classic-novels , historical-fiction [T]hat was the way the war was going; the individual had to retreat or submerge, the simple unfeeling pair of hands must come to the fore. The emphasis was now on the tireless machine of war; men were parts of this machine, and so they must remain, till they fulfilled their function or wore out. If, in the process, they did wear out, it was bad luck on the men but not bad luck on the war, which had had its moneys worth out of them. The hateful struggle, to be effective, demanded one hundred percent from many millions of individual people; death was in this category of demand, and, lower down the list, the cancellation of humanity was an essential element of the total price.
The Cruel Sea
Plot summary[ edit ] The action commences in His officers are mostly new to the Navy, especially the two new sub-lieutenants , Lockhart and Ferraby. Only Ericson and the petty officers are in any way experienced. Despite these initial disadvantages, the ship and crew work up a routine and gain experience.