Wednesday, July 17, 2019
I want my book time back again, especially since I can't read as fast as I once did due to the whole eye problem (I still cannot read anything but the top row of the eye chart with my right eye). So I hope to have a Book Talk posts when there is something to talk about.
I am always asked for suggestions for good fiction... and I think I've recommended Goudge and Stevenson to death even if they are wonderful... so today I thought I would start from almost the beginning of my reading life.
Not Nancy Drew but the first big books I enjoyed that to this day have a place on my bookshelves. I purchased hardback copies long ago at various library sales. Although most are still available and a couple are on Kindle for a great price, you should also be able to find them at a good library. Also, I want to give you and update about the book... I reviewed last week. That update is below.
It starts with a ship full of survivors of death camps trying to leave for what was then called Palestine, we also meet families who have lived in the land for generations, and even see how there were Arabs who had been at peace with the Jews for generations. At the center of the story is also the blossoming romance between an American gentile widow and one of the Jewish leaders.
We are there the day Israel becomes a nation and experience the highs and lows that came within days after that. It is a big book and a long movie but extremely good. This was the first "big book" I gave my daughter to read and she loved it as a teenager.
Both the books are very good. While they cover adult themes (such as adultery as it can happen in war situations), I don't recall the books actually giving descriptions of adult themes. If you get my drift.
As for the mini-series, I absolutely loved The Winds of War but I didn't care for War and Remembrance at all. They changed actors for a couple of characters and it didn't work. I guess a lot of people felt the same way since you can still get The Winds of War on DVD but not War and Remembrance.
The above books are still among my all time favorite fiction reads. Some of the titles are available only third party. Others are still in print today.
I reviewed the self published book by Rose Ellen Taylor called Fortunes Claimed last week. She has reduced the price temporarily below the cost to print it so if you are interested, you can find the book on ebay by searching Rose Ellen Taylor or click... here. It was a very good story from a first time author.
Mentioned in this Blog Post
The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain... here. (Hardcover third party)
The Silver Chalice Kindle version... here.
The Silver Chalice movie on Amazon video... here.
The Robe by Lloyd C. Doughlas... here
The Robe Kindle version... here.
The Robe DVD... here.
The Robe Amazon video... here.
Exodus by Leon Uris... here. (Paperback)
Exodus Kindle version... here.
Exodus audiobook... here.
Exodus DVD... here.
The Winds of War by Herman Wouk... here. (Paperback)
The Winds of War Kindle version... here.
The Winds of War audiobook... here.
The Winds of War mini series on DVD... here.(Excellent!)
War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk... here. (Paperback)
War and Remembrance Kindle version... here.
War and Remembrance audiobook... here.
War and Remembrance mini series on DVD... unavailable
(there are a few people selling it for hundreds of dollars but it is not worth it.)
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