Rowling has an amazing ability to distill people's characters in a few crafty sentences. Everyone is flawed and she is unapologetic and quite blunt about it. The most mundane person in your neighborhood gains a kind of power from her intense interest in them and interpretation of them and we the readers see the people around us in sharper detail. We might not be entirely sympathetic to them but I for one feel like minding my p's and q's in case she is observing me.
Yes, because Hillary is able to humanize characters on the world stage that we only get to know by sound bites and shallow reporting.
Hillary's determination to find the truth, a leader's true motivation and her willingness to pull people forward and challenge their motivations and appeal to their goodness. She is not always successful and her triumphs are rarely complete but she is a true American motivated to live her ideals and protect ours..
Kathleen's inflections are similar to Hillary and I forget sometimes that it isn't Hillary reading. In that moment I am disappointed that it is not Hillary's real voice but understand that it is probably better to have a professional handle the audio.
I felt extremely frustrated with the quagmire that is our involvement in the Middle East. The irrational relationships we are burdened with because of our foolhardy entry into a war that we had no business starting.
The characters and circumstances are creative and eloquently drew me into an unimaginable world. I was very sorry to reach the end of the book.
Herman Wouk is one of the most graceful insightful writers I enjoy reading. Picking up this book written so many years ago, I thought it would be outdated and possibly corny. Instead it was a compelling historical journey into the mentality of World II with delicious detail and suspense. I'm going to reread/listen Winds of War and War and Remembrance soon.
The everyday lingo and crisp descriptions of the submarine's smell and textures. The sympathetic and tolerant creation of imperfect characters is unique to Wouk.
I wish Humphrey Bogart were alive to do the remake.
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