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May 17, 2019 18:12:53   #
charbaby (a regular here)
 
I just read of the passing of Herman Wouk. He wrote many novels. My favorites were The Winds of War trilogy set in WWII, and The Caine Mutiny. He was 103. If you've never read him, give him a try. The Winds of War was a tv miniseries in the 1980s I think. Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen are two of the big names I remember. It was good.
 
May 17, 2019 18:17:37   #
hildy3 (a regular here)
 
Thx...I agree, but had not read of his death. Oh my..who is following in the footsteps of these wonderful "irreplacable" people?
May 17, 2019 19:59:59   #
WendyMargaret (a regular here)
 
A wonderful writer.
May 17, 2019 20:18:22   #
Peebee
 
charbaby wrote:
I just read of the passing of Herman Wouk. He wrote many novels. My favorites were The Winds of War trilogy set in WWII, and The Caine Mutiny. He was 103. If you've never read him, give him a try. The Winds of War was a tv miniseries in the 1980s I think. Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen are two of the big names I remember. It was good.


He was a very talented author. My favorite was also the Winds of War and War and Remembrance.
May 17, 2019 21:02:14   #
plumhurricane (a regular here)
 
The books were better than the movies. Didn’t he also write the Caine Mutiny?
May 17, 2019 21:03:44   #
charbaby (a regular here)
 
plumhurricane wrote:
The books were better than the movies. Didn’t he also write the Caine Mutiny?

Books are always better. Yes, he wrote The Caine Mutiny. That was a pretty good movie, though.
 
May 17, 2019 21:48:24   #
Ellebelle (a regular here)
 
Yes I remember him. I read War and Remembrance .... a very long time ago. It was a good book. Epic.
May 17, 2019 21:49:51   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
 
I have read a couple of those books. Sorry to hear he has passed.
May 18, 2019 11:27:48   #
BailaC
 
And Marjorie Morningstar.
May 18, 2019 11:34:31   #
charbaby (a regular here)
 
BailaC wrote:
And Marjorie Morningstar.

I had forgotten about that one! It's been a long time since I read it. May have to revisit it.
May 18, 2019 18:28:06   #
Evie RM (a regular here)
 
He also wrote "War and Rememberance." His depiction of the Battle of Midway was fantastic. He also listed all the pilots with their Radiomen-Gunners from the USS Hornet, Toredo Eight, on page 313 of the book. Pilot Grant Teats and Radioman-Gunner Hollis Martin are listed second from the bottom of the list. There was only one survivor, George H. Gay, Jr., who became a commercial pilot after the war. It was a suicide mission because they flew in those torpedo planes without fighter cover. I made a memorial album for my husband in 2002 for his birthday. His uncle Hollis was killed at the Battle of Midway two months before my husband was born and he was named after his uncle Hollis. I used Herman Wauk's description of the battle in the memory album that I made. Herman Wauk was a great author.
 
May 19, 2019 09:23:07   #
kaypriest
 
I just finished Winds of War. Read it slowly as it is the kind of book that not only has a great story by also provides a picture of history. Next, the two volumes of War and Remembrance but I know there will be a lot of sadness within so have procrastinated.
May 19, 2019 10:08:09   #
charbaby (a regular here)
 
kaypriest wrote:
I just finished Winds of War. Read it slowly as it is the kind of book that not only has a great story by also provides a picture of history. Next, the two volumes of War and Remembrance but I know there will be a lot of sadness within so have procrastinated.

I think it's a wonderful representation of those times. Wouk served during WWII. So his writing is really informed by reality. When I finished the last in the trilogy I didn't want to read another book for a little while. His characters were so real, I felt as though they populated my life & I felt a bit sad that they were gone. Another book that made me feel that way, not the same author, was Trinity by Leon Uris. About the struggles in Ireland in the 19th century. Great book.
May 20, 2019 22:40:33   #
molly bee
 
Marjorie Morningstar was the first book I read by Wouk. And the movie starring Gene Kelly and Natalie Wood left such and impression on me as a teenager.
May 21, 2019 08:08:50   #
kaypriest
 
charbaby wrote:
I think it's a wonderful representation of those times. Wouk served during WWII. So his writing is really informed by reality. When I finished the last in the trilogy I didn't want to read another book for a little while. His characters were so real, I felt as though they populated my life & I felt a bit sad that they were gone. Another book that made me feel that way, not the same author, was Trinity by Leon Uris. About the struggles in Ireland in the 19th century. Great book.


I think your comments about the characters feeling like friends is part of why I am a slow reader of these books, don't want to leave them too soon. Every now and then I have a book like that - I don't want it to end so go Very slow to keep my new "friends" around a bit longer.

I will look for Trinity as another on the 'to read' list.
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