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Friday, October 18, 2013
Mystery at Sea
4:02 pm edt
Homer called the Aegean a "...wine, dark sea" not because it was red, per se, but that it flowed with the
blood of those fallen during the Trojan War. And, perhaps, because it reflects many crimson hues when the sun sets upon it.
Interesting bit of trivia, which I picked up, among other historical and artistic tidbits, while reading A Cruise to Die For by Charlotte and Aaron Eakins.
This is an intriguing mystery for intellectuals, written by a very knowledgeable
husband wife team who, come to find out, have been writing quite satisfying mysteries for the past thirty years! And I've
just now discovered them. I certainly have a lot of catching up to do!
Anyway, this is the second of their Alix
London Mystery Series and is set on a private yacht owned by a Greek billionaire...on course on the, you guessed it, Aegean
Sea. And it's a reading voyage those of you who enjoy smart, sophisticated whodunits will certainly want to take.
Please sail over to http://www.authorexposure.com/ to read my review.
Enjoy the cruise!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
12:59 pm edt
Just about every generation has to deal with a major war. Mine was the Vietnamese conflict; my mother and father, World
War II; for their parents, World War I, supposedly the "war to end all wars", which, of course, it didn't.
Very few novels are mature and sensitive enough to capture
the effects of WWI on the world's youth. P.S. Duffy, who started her writing career well into her middle age, is one of them.
A rare find, indeed. Her first book, The Cartographer of No Man's Land: A Novel is a beautifully written story about a father who finds himself in war-torn France in 1918. The effects of this upon his
father and his son are short of devastating and form the basis of a heart-wrenching as well as heart-warming novel.
My tennis buddy, who also read this book, offers her review:
[This is] A novel about a three dimensional view of war as depicted by a father,
son and grandson.There are many lessons to be learned within the
pages of this extraordinary literary effort. My own comments can be found on www.authorexposure.com.
The father’s view is best related by his quote to his son: “Men on both sides turned
to cannon fodder. Without them, the high and mighty would find another way to settle differences”.
view is more realistic because when war is declared by the ‘high and mighty’ those who of the age
to fight must decide whether to fight or run from it. He, the son, entered the war as an idealist, offering his
talent as a map maker and his hope of locating his missing friend who was lost in the action of war.
view is typical of a teenager wanting to be a hero and wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps. However, he
loved his grandfather so that the views of war his grandfather expressed tempered the romantic and heroic views he held about
There is an intense and endearing bond between the three generations of men in this family. The story
depicts the love/hate relationship between the three men. Eventually true understanding solves the conflict.
As my friend said, "Eventually understanding solves the conflict..." I think that applies not only
to war, but to most other aspects of life. I am sure you will agree.
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currenty published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville
during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her fourth novel.