An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
I remember James Thurber from high school when we did a play called "The Unicorn in the Garden". I enjoyed that so much I read some other short stories he had written like, "The Night The bed Fell" and the different fables he wrote.
All of these and more are included here and for the most part they really hold up today.
Keith Olbermann's introduction explains that he read these to his dying father in the hospital and his father told him he should do this for a living. So this selection is lovingly done with his father in mind.
I can't recommend this enough. It will have you falling on the floor laughing!
This book starts off slow, it's not a war story but a military life story. Most of the action takes place before Pearl Harbor and we see little of the aftermath. I wasn't prepared to like this book much, but it really grows on you.
There are so many characters that are so well drawn, that you know they were all based on real people and events. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a "30 year man" (career soldier) who starts off in the bugle corps but because he is a great fighter is put in the ring. He almost kills a man and swears off boxing and transfers out of the bugle corps and is transferred to Schofield barracks where "Dynamite" Holmes wants to have the best boxing squad of all time. Prew is pressured to fight but holds out and eventually ends up in the stockade.
Now it turns into a sadistic prison story which really gets interesting. Guards beat you for fun and some people go crazy or don't survive at all.
Milt Warden has an affair with Holmes' wife Karen who has a very bad reputation. Once Warden learns her real story he knows he will never love anyone else as much as he loves her. He even puts in for officer school so he can be the man she wants him to be.
Those are the main characters but there are many more. This is the re-released version with the gay scenes put back in and I really thought it was well done. Some I have heard say it's too long, but I listened to every minute of it and didn't see anything that didn't belong.
The narrator Elijah Alexander was new to me, but I enjoyed his accents and voices. Stark was annoying at first but I got used to him by the end and he ended up being one of my favorite characters.
The suicide of one of the characters was so unique, I cringed and almost laughed in the unusual way Mr. Jones presented it. I have since read that his own father had killed himself and this may have been an attempt of his to explain some of his feelings on the matter. Well done.
I enjoyed this book and will probably listen to it again. It is my first by this author.
I like the way Fitzgerald uses words. That is why I listened to this book. I don't think it is his best work, because it was hard for me to care about these people. Gloria is a beautiful, pampered girl who expects to get whatever she wants whenever she wants it. She does grow up before the end of the book, so that is at least something.
Anthony Patch is the supposed hero of the piece. He does nothing in the book but wait for his grandfather to die so he can inherit 41 million dollars. Trouble is, his grandfather disapproves of his drinking and doing nothing so he disinherits him. So Anthony gets a lawyer and fights the will in the courts which takes five years to come to a final decision. In the meantime he has an affair, tries wall street, sales and even the army, but never finds a career. He takes up drinking full time and his way of economizing is to buy his booze by the case...
It's hard to like Anthony but it is enlightening to see how people with a trust fund and a promise of more can waste their lives if they have no real guidance from anyone.
Kirby Heybourne does an adequate job as narrator. I can't complain about his reading it just wasn't special.
I recommend this book if you are a fan of Fitzgerald's and I fully intend on reading Tender is the Night in the future.