The Civil War: A Narrative (Three Volumes – 2974 pages)

This magnificently written trilogy of books on the American Civil War is not only a piece of first-rate history, but also an excellent work of literature. The late Shelby Foote brings an accomplished novelist’s descriptive power to this grand epic. This immense three-volume set should be on the bookshelf of any Civil War buff. It… Continue reading The Civil War: A Narrative (Three Volumes – 2974 pages)

Poem: Ode to 1965 to 1974

Ode to 1965 to 1974 She dreamed of changing the world. Went roller skating on Friday night. Desperately wanted a boyfriend And friends who cared That always treated you right. Saturday nights double-dating At the drive-in movie theater. Sunday mornings in church And attending Sunday school. Then come Monday morning Back at school not knowing… Continue reading Poem: Ode to 1965 to 1974

Review: Clapton: The Autobiography

Biographies are a passion for me. I approach each with an open mind ready to hear the writer’s story. My interest in music, love of rock and roll, and respect for great guitar musicianship lead me to read Eric Clapton’s autobiography. Sex, booze, drugs and rock and roll fill the celebrated guitarist’s autobiography. As he… Continue reading Review: Clapton: The Autobiography

Review: White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson

He had seen men enslaved, and seen death in battle on a terrible scale. So when a young, unknown poet named Emily Dickinson wrote to ask whether he thought her verse was “alive”, Thomas Wentworth Higginson – a critic for The Atlantic Monthly and a decorated Union veteran – knew he was seeing poetry that… Continue reading Review: White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson

The Martian Chronicles

Preface: I own the Bantam Books paperback edition, printing number 68 in 1988. It includes the story where the blacks (African-Americans) get fed up with the south and head to Mars. Some editions have this story edited out. The removal of the story was for political correctness and to not offend some racial groups. I… Continue reading The Martian Chronicles

Summary: Light in August – Chapters Twenty and Twenty-one

As with the second part of the novel, Hightower’s narration stands between the central story involving Joe Christmas and the outer frame story about Lena Grove. By aiding with the birth of Lena’s child and then by attempting to save Joe Christmas, Hightower has re-entered the stream of life. And even though Hightower failed Christmas,… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapters Twenty and Twenty-one

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Nineteen

Chapter nineteen’s narration from the viewpoint of the town. After the last chapter, in which Joe found a certain peace within himself, he then returns to the community and apparently allows himself to be captured. Since none of the action is from Joe’s point of view, the reader must speculate about what caused him to… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Nineteen

Summary: Light in August – Chapters Seventeen and Eighteen

This is a “two-for” as I have included two chapters, seventeen and eighteen. Earlier in his life, Hightower thought that he had won for himself the freedom of remaining uninvolved in life. But gradually, since the appearance of Lena, he has slowly been drifting back into the stream of life. His re-entry into life is… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapters Seventeen and Eighteen

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Sixteen

Chapter Sixteen presents Joe’s birth and the death of his mother. But whether he actually has Negro blood is left undecided. It was thought that his father had Mexican blood, but old Doc Hines and the circus owner both assert that the father actually had Negro blood. We also find out that it was the… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Sixteen

Review: War in the Pacific Skies

“War in the Pacific Skies” is an excellent work on the war in the Pacific during World War II. The book is a wonderful intermingling of story, photography, and art. The authors tell the story in words and pictures. The pictures and paintings take a part of the story bringing it to life. This is… Continue reading Review: War in the Pacific Skies