Tuesday, November 13, 2012
A little late but...
I didn't intend to do a post for Veterans Day but having given it some thought I think it is the right thing to do. So I hope this is a 'better late than never' kind of a thing.
Since it is all about the books here at BBBL I have two recommendations that while very different in content, share battlefields of a sort and are both written by veterans.
A Farewell to Arms
In 1918 Ernest Hemingway went to war, to the 'war to end all wars'. He volunteered for ambulance service in Italy, was wounded and twice decorated. Out of his experiences came A Farewell to Arms. Hemingway's description of war is unforgettable. He recreates the fear, the comradeship, the courage of his young American volunteer and the men and women he meets in Italy with total conviction. But A Farewell to Arms is not only a novel of war. In it Hemingway has also created a love story of immense drama and uncompromising passion.
Baby Boy Fisher was raised in institutions from the moment of his birth in prison to a single mother. He ultimately came to live with a foster family, where he endured near-constant verbal and physical abuse. In his mid-teens he escaped and enlisted in the navy, where he became a man of the world, raised by the family he created for himself. "Finding Fish" shows how, out of this unlikely mix of deprivation and hope, an artist was born -- first as the child who painted the feelings his words dared not speak, then as a poet and storyteller who would eventually become one of Hollywood's most sought-after screenwriters. A tumultuous and ultimately gratifying tale of self-discovery written in Fisher's gritty yet melodic literary voice, "Finding Fish" is an unforgettable reading experience.
While I can't say either is lite reading, I can say both were rewarding reads.
I just want to send out my humble thanks to all who have, and who are now serving in the military, as well as their families who give up much to support the endeavor.