Margin Notes



I cannot imagine how much time and effort goes into a book Like The Wager.  Author, David Grann, spent countless hours researching a tale almost lost to history, and it has certainly paid off.  This book is based on a true story. On January 28th, 1742, a ramshackle vessel washed up on the coast of Brazil, the men inside were barely alive.  They were crew members of the British Man O War: The Wager, and they were chasing Spanish gold when their ship was wrecked on a desolate island off the coast of Patagonia. At first, they were considered heroes, until another vessel washed up in Chile. This vessel had three men who were accusing the first group of some of the most heinous crimes known to man. Both groups would eventually be court-marshalled to discover the truth, with the stakes being life and death.

We all impose some coherence—some meaning—on the chaotic events of our existence. We rummage through the raw images of our memories, selecting, burnishing, erasing. We emerge as the heroes of our stories, allowing us to live with what we have done—or haven’t done.” (prelude, page 5)

There are so many aspects of this book that make it attractive to a wide variety of people. From sailing the seas to shipwreck and murder to courtroom drama, this story encompasses a wide variety of themes that would appeal to such a large audience. In fact, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio have already acquired the rights to Grann’s book, in order to put this story on the big screen. And this isn’t the first time they’ve done it. Killers of the Flower Moon, the new Scorsese/DiCaprio movie, is written by David Gann.

Ethan Charters is a student from the Bachelor of Education program at the University of New Brunswick


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