A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

by Julian Barnes
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In "The Stowaway," woodworms are hiding on Noah's Ark. The story of the ark is told through the point of view of one of the woodworms aboard the ship.

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In "The Visitors," Franklin Hughes is the main character. He is a tour guide and an historian on a cruise ship that gets hijacked. Other characters aboard the ship include his girlfriend Tricia.

In "The Survivor," the main character is Kath, a woman who steals a boat and sails away with two cats believing that she is escaping a nuclear event. When she arrives on an island, she starts imagining she is in a mental institution.

In "Three Simple Stories: Voyage of the Damned," one of the characters is Lawrence Beesley, a survivor from the Titanic.

In "Upstream" a man named Charlie write letters to his wife Pippa.

Since there are so many stories in the novel each story has different main characters. The author is even a narrator of one of the stories.

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