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Friday, October 18, 2013

Mystery at Sea
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!
 
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Latitudes
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.

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”.

The son’s 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.

The grandson’s 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 war.

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.

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.

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.
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June 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, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:


Columbia Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Forty-Thirty 
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast

Bethlehem

Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood

 

 

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 fifth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
and 
the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA
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For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,