Sailor and Fiddler - Herman Wouk
In an unprecedented literary accomplishment, Herman Wouk, one of
America’s most beloved and enduring authors, reflects on his life and
times from the remarkable vantage point of 100 years old.
years ago, the great British philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin urged Herman
Wouk to write his autobiography. Wouk responded, “Why me? I’m nobody.”
Berlin answered, “No, no. You’ve traveled. You’ve known many people. You
have interesting ideas. It would do a lot of good.”
Now, in the
same year he has celebrated his hundredth birthday, Herman Wouk finally
reflects on the life experiences that inspired his most beloved novels.
Among those experiences are his days writing for comedian Fred Allen’s
radio show, one of the most popular shows in the history of the medium;
enlisting in the US Navy during World War II; falling in love with Betty
Sarah Brown, the woman who would become his wife (and literary agent)
for sixty-six years; writing his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Caine Mutiny; as well as a big hit Broadway play The Caine Mutiny Court Martial; and the surprising inspirations and people behind such masterpieces as The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, Marjorie Morningstar, and Youngblood Hawke.
with the wisdom of a man who has lived through two centuries and the
wit of someone who began his career as professional comedy writer, the
first part of Wouk’s memoir (“Sailor”) refers to his Navy experience and
writing career, the second (“Fiddler”) to what he’s learned from living
a life of faith. Ultimately, Sailor and Fiddler is an unprecedented reflection from a vantage point few people have lived to experience.
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 5, 2016)
MY THOUGHTS: I must admit I was kind skeptical about reading this book. I have never read any of this authors books, for the simple fact I don't like reading classic or old books. The writing bothers me for some reason. Anyway, I read this book in 1 day. Very interesting info on how all those classic books came to be. I give this book.....5
This book is for 3 of my reading challenges......
Outdo Yourself Challenge
Library Love Challenge